- Method 2: The Swallow Paper Airplane
- Step 1. Fold the paper in half
- Step 2. Fold the top corners into the side edges
- Step 3. Fold the top edge toward the bottom edge
- Step 4. Fold the paper inward
- Step 5. Fold and tear the extra piece at the base
- Step 6. Fold one-half of the strip
- Step 7. Make a longitudinal fold
- Step 8. Start the body of the plane
- Step 9. Make tail wings
- Step 10. Fold the A and B corners
- Step 11. Fold and unfold the points C and D
- Step 12. Squash fold the C and D corners
- Step 13. Fold the top portion above the fin
- Step 14. Fold the plane and wings
- Step 15. Fold the tips of the wings
- Step 16. Assembling the plane
- Method 3: The Limbus Paper Airplane
- Method 4: The Buzz Paper Airplane
- Additional Tips
Method 2: The Swallow Paper Airplane
This plane involves a bit of origami and a lot folds. Apart from its unique flight path, this plane is also an aesthetic masterpiece. Note that there can be many folds on top of each other, which requires using a tough but flexible paper, not your average origami paper.
Step 1. Fold the paper in half
Place the paper on a flat surface in portrait orientation, that is, its longer side will be vertical and the shorter side horizontal.
Along the length of the longer side, fold the paper in half and press it firmly. Flatten out the edge to make it smooth.
Now, open the paper and you will see a dividing line down the middle, created by the fold.
Step 2. Fold the top corners into the side edges
Take the top right corner of the paper and fold it to meet the left edge of the paper. Make a smooth and flat crease. This is called a Valley Fold.
Now, unfold the paper and follow the same procedure for the top left corner.
At the point where the two creases made by the Valley Fold intersect, do a Mountain Fold. Take the top edge of the paper and fold it down from the Valley Fold intersection, so the top edge of the paper is parallel to the bottom edge.
Smooth out the crease and unfold the paper.
Step 4. Fold the paper inward
Use the intersection point as the tip of the mountain and fold the paper inward from all sides. It will form a Water Balloon Base or something similar to it as there will be some paper left on the bottom.
A Water Balloon Base is an origami base.
Step 5. Fold and tear the extra piece at the base
Because we are using a rectangular piece of paper not a square one, there is left over paper. Fold the edge of the leftover piece to meet the edge of the base of the Mountain Fold. Smooth out the fold.
Now, carefully tear off that leftover strip. It will contribute in becoming the tail of the plane.
Step 6. Fold one-half of the strip
The first step to make the body and tail of the swallow plane is to work on that strip of paper that you tore away from main body.
Fold one edge of the strip in toward the center crease.
Now, unfold the strip and you will see the second crease divides the strip into 1/4th and 3/4th of the length.
Step 7. Make a longitudinal fold
A longitudinal fold is one where you fold the entire strip in half, bringing together its longer edges on each side.
Now, just fold and unfold along that crease created when you did a half-fold prior to this step. It will make the crease more prominent.
Step 8. Start the body of the plane
Use the crease you made by folding and unfolding the edge of the strip as a place marker to make the body of your plane.
Tear the paper along the crease, but only halfway. Start tearing from the side where both the edges meet, rather than from the fold.
Fold the 3/4th length of the paper outward longitudinally until the point where the paper is half torn, such that the outer edge is collinear to that point. Do the same for the other side.
Open the fold you last created. Now again fold outward, but this time, fold the longitudinal edge until it reaches the crease created by the previous fold.
It is a simple double fold. Now, complete the procedure for the other side, too.
Step 9. Make tail wings
Fold the remaining 1/4th length of the paper outward. Make the fold up to the point where the paper is torn. Unfold the paper to give it the look of the tail wing.
Step 10. Fold the A and B corners
Now, go back to the larger piece of paper. Fold the corners labeled A and B upward, so they meet at the top.
Once they meet at the top, fold them down along the crease so the points of the A and B corners still remain together at the bottom. This will create a fold along the center.
Now, unfold the A and B corners together upward, so the fold at the center is visible as a crease.
Step 11. Fold and unfold the points C and D
Now, in this example, the extreme points on either side of the crease are labeled C and D.
Take the top point as the pivot and fold the C point to touch the center crease. Do the same for the D point, such that both C and D meet at the center crease.
Now, unfold both the folds.
Taking the bottom point as the pivot, fold the C point to touch the center crease. Do the same for the D point, such that both C and D meet at the center crease.
Now, unfold both the folds.
Step 12. Squash fold the C and D corners
You will see lines arising from both the top and bottom pivots coming toward the C and D corners, but not exactly on them.
Now, pinch both the corners to make a squash fold on both sides. Squash the corners C and D in such a manner that the sides containing that corner align along the center crease.
Press the fin formed by squashing C and D upward.
Step 13. Fold the top portion above the fin
Fold the part ranging from the base of the fin to the top of the plane toward the back of the fin.
Step 14. Fold the plane and wings
Along the center crease line, fold the plane backward away from the fin.
Now, fold down the wings of the plane on both sides. Make the fold in the wing from the corner of the fin.
The fold of the wings need not be parallel to the center crease. You should try different angles until you find the perfect angle suitable for your paper.
Step 15. Fold the tips of the wings
Now, fold the side edge of the wings upward. The fold of the tips must be parallel to the crease of the down fold of the wings.
The plane is ready to be assembled.
Step 16. Assembling the plane
Open the plane body a bit to make an inverted V groove. Now, hold the front portion of the plane so it’s making the inverted V groove, too.
Insert the tail into the wings by placing the inverted V groove of the tail on the wings and sliding it inside.
Your Swallow paper airplane is ready.