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Step by Step Guide for Jet Paper Airplane: Moderate Difficulty (GIFs)

Want to up your paper airplane game from the very basic style we all learn as kids? (Here's our tutorial for the basic paper airplane if you forgot it.) Here are easy to follow instructions with GIFs to help you make a jet paper airplane that flies super far.

If this tutorial is too difficult, check out our easy/medium difficulty paper airplane tutorial. Or see our comprehensive guide for tutorials for eight different and awesome paper airplane styles. It can't hurt to know some different paper airplane styles - you never know when they will come in handy.

To see other cool things flying, take a look at the SpaceX Starship having a test flight, or see these Estes model rockets being launched.

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  • gif paper airplane being thrown into grassy garden with trees
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    This is how far the following paper airplane is able to fly. Not bad at all. 


  • Step 1

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    Take a piece of standard printer paper (letter or A4) and place it on the table horizontally. Then fold it in half to make a long rectangle. 


  • Step 2

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    Smooth down the fold well. This will be the center of your paper airplane.


  • Step 3

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    Open up the paper and fold the two halves back on themselves, pressing down on the center fold. Now your paper has been folded on both sides and there should be a strong line down the center. 


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  • Step 4

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    Take any corner and fold the top edge toward the center fold so that the paper corner aligns with it. Smooth the fold down. 


  • Step 5

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    Do the same to the other side. Now your paper will have a triangle at the top. 


  • Step 6

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    Take one side of the triangle you have just made and bring the outside edge of the paper in to meet the center fold. One half of your paper is now half as wide as the other half. 


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  • Step 7

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    Make sure to smooth down the fold well. The fold should not reach the end of the paper. There will be two corners of the rectangle left on one side of the paper.


  • Step 8

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    Now do the same to the other side. Bring in the outside edge of the triangle to meet the center fold. 


  • Step 9

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    Smooth down on that fold. The paper now has an arrow shape with a square end. 


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  • Step 10

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    Position the pointing tip of the arrow towards yourself, then fold the paper in half. The pointy tip will meet the center fold at the bottom edge of the paper. 


  • Step 11

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    Now fold the paper in half so that the pointy triangle is on the outside of the paper, folded in half. 


  • Step 12

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    Smooth down all the folds. 


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  • Step 13

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    Lay your paper flat. The pointy triangle will be facing towards one direction (to the right). Take the top left corner of the top fold of the paper, and fold a small triangle. The bottom edge of the small triangle should align with the bottom edge of the paper, as the fingers point out in the GIF. 


  • Step 14

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    Flip your paper over, and do the same. If the pointy triangle is pointing to the left, you will be folding the top right corner of the top fold of paper. Align the two small triangles so they are the same size.


  • Step 15

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    Open up your paper once with the two small triangles and the large pointy triangle all folded down. Smooth down the folds. 


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  • Step 16

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    Twist the paper around so the pointy triangle is pointing at you. Then lift up the large pointy triangle and fold it away from you. The two small triangles will prevent you from completely opening up the paper again, and there will be about an inch of the base of the pointy triangle that is not folded up. 


  • Step 17

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    Fold the paper in half with all the triangles on the outside. 


  • Step 18

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    Lay one side of the airplane on the table, and fold the other side down, leaving about 1 cm from the fold to the original center fold. This ensures that there will be a center piece for your hand to grip. 


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  • Step 19

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    Flip the paper over, and fold the other wing. Align it with the first wing so they are the same size.


  • Step 20

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    Fold both the wings downwards and smooth down the folds.


  • Step 21

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    Now open up the airplane and fold the wings toward each other, displaying their undersides. Lay the airplane on one side.


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  • Step 22

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    Make a small long fold at the back end of the airplane (the front end is the pointy end), on the bottom (when the airplane is upright). Do not fold the wings.


  • Step 23

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    Open up the small fold you just made, smooth it out, and open the airplane. Then fold the wings down, so only the top side of the wings can be seen. 


  • Step 24

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    Fold the outside edge of one wing down about 1 cm. 


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  • Step 25

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    Flip the airplane over and do the same to the other wing, making sure the size of the folds are the same. The airplane should be symmetrical so it can fly straight.


  • Step 26

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    Open up the wings and the center of the airplane. At the back end of the airplane, poke up the fold you made so it is sticking up in the center of the airplane. 


  • Step 27

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    Smooth down the center folds of the airplane well. 


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  • Step 28

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    Fold up the small tips on each wing so they are pointing upright. Your paper airplane is finished and ready to fly!



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