If you’ve ever been a kid, you’ve folded a paper airplane. The easiest design are “The Dart Paper Airplanes” and these are the kind of paper airplanes that kids fold. Why? Because the darts are the easiest to fold. There are five variations of this schoolyard specials in this website four of which are included in this list.
There are also several other easy designs that are not categorized in the Darts section and I have included them all in this list. Just click on the links to get to the instructions pages.
Without further ado, I present you the easy paper airplane designs:
The hammerhead paper airplane is the compact version of the classic. It has a tail for vertical stability. It has extra strong wings and it is a strong flyer.
The tail also adds variety to its flight pattern. You can experiment with the tail size taking care not to make it too big the first time.
Don’t let the forward swept winglets (canards) fool you. The manta ray paper airplane is, in fact, easy to fold. The canards give you extra contorl of its flight.
This design requires a square sheet.
The Marlin paper airplane is a simple variation of the classic dart. It can folded very easily and can be thrown really hard like a true blue “blackboard bomber”.
Add a paper clip on its nose and it can even go faster!
The hurricane is very symmetric and very square. It works very well with medium to heavy weight paper.
The salmon paper airplane has an odd diagonal folding style. However, it has a very symmetric design. (Symmetry is one of the most important requirements for good paper airplanes.)
It requires a sheet of paper cut in half lengthwise. Just head on to the instructions page and you’ll see how easy it is to fold the Salmon.
The Hickory paper airplane, a.k.a “The Squid”, is truly a classic and is well-known in the Orient. It’s easy to fold like the crafts you’ve seen above.
It’s a basic Canard Flyer and requires a sheet of letter size medium to heavy weight paper.
The Sea Gull Paper Airplane has a unique delta wing design although it is classified as a Glider in this website. It has a tucked nose that makes this elegant looking craft fly slow and go the distance.
It’s easy to fold well. If you do, it will fly straight and float far.
The Falcon paper airplane belongs to the “Jets and Bombers” category. Most paper airplanes in that category are not easy to fold except the Falcon.
It has swept back front winglets that gives it a menacing air. It is a sturdy aircraft that flies well. It can also do loops if you trim it accordingly.
The Cheetah paper airplane belongs to the “SST’s and Stealths” category. Most of the planes in that category are quite difficult to fold but this one is easy.
Although easy to fold, the Cheetah is a stealth craft in the truest sense of the word. It has a unique wedge-shaped design that reminds of the B-1B Bomber.
Even the most cool looking group of paper airplanes, “The Starships”, has one representative that’s easy to fold. The Saturn paper airplane, is an exotic craft.
Use light weight paper for best results.
There you have it, 10 easy to fold but fun to fly paper airplane designs.