Follow instructions for how to make a paper helicopter.
This paper helicopter is not really origami because it requires scissors to make, so I hesitate to call it an origami helicopter. The paper helicopter is a fairly simple model to make and is very fun to play with. Toss it in the air and you can watch it spin as it floats down gently. It’s one of the coolest things you can make out of a small piece of paper.
You can make the paper helicopter as small or as big as you like, but I recommend starting out small so you try out different propeller and base shapes and sizes without wasting too much paper. You can make thinner, thicker, or longer propellers and bases to see how well the variations perform. Now follow the instructions below to learn how to make a paper helicopter that floats and spins!
Step 1: Cut or tear out a small piece of paper of rectangular shape.
Step 2: Cut the top to almost half way, splitting the top into two flaps.
Step 3: Fold down one of the flaps.
Step 4: Turn the figure over.
Step 5: Fold down the other flap. Both flaps should now be folded down on opposite sides.
Step 6: Lift up the flaps to a 90 degree angle. These are the propellers.
Step 7: About 1/4 below the propellers, cut a horizontal slit about 1/3rd the width of the paper.
Step 8: Turn the figure over and cut the other side the same way.
Step 9: Now you can fold in one side of the base.
Step 10: Turn the figure over and fold in the other side of the base.
Step 11: From here, you can use a paperclip to clip the folded sides together, or use tape to tape around the bottom base.
The idea is to provide a little weight at the base so that the propellers can spin well. If you’re using tape and it’s not spinning well, just add a little more tape.
Step 12: Toss the helicopter in the air or drop it from somewhere high and watch it float down spinning. If it’s not spinning enough, you might need a little more weight at the base.
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