How To Make Paper Helicopters
It you have ever been bored, you may want to learn how to make paper helicopters. These are fun for all ages and there are several kinds to choose from. You can actually go online and get a template, but you don't really need one.
For the two types described in this article, all you need is:
- Paper ( the best kind is heavy paper such as card stock, construction paper, or even an index card)
- Clear tape
- Paper clips
- Light cardboard
- Optional: markers or crayons (to give your work personality!)
Index card method
- Cut a piece of paper in a rectangle 3 x 5 inches, or use an index card (which is already 3 X 5 inches.)
- Fold in half the long way.
- Cut down the fold you made about 1/2 way.
- Measure about 1/4 inch below the center cut and mark with a dot on both sides of the fold.
- From the edges on both sides, cut 1/3 of the way toward the center fold (parallel to the dot you made 1/4 inch down).
- Fold the tabs you made inward to meet the center fold.
- Fold the top helicopter blades in opposite directions.
- Attach a paperclip to the bottom.
- Toss in the air, and watch it spin!
- Fold a 1X10-inch strip of paper in half.
- Fold the ends down about two inches, but don't fold them straight down. Instead, fold them at a slight angle.
- Push a paper clip onto the bottom, and fold the wings out.
- Holding your paper helicopter by the paper clip, throw it into the air and watch it spin.
No matter how old you are there is something magical about turning a simple piece of paper into a flying machine. So the next time you have a lull at the office, give one of these methods a spin. Just don't get carried away with the office supplies!