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How to Make a Paper Jet


It's amazing how a piece of paper can become so many different things. Paper jets not only make great decorations for a room, you can also fly them and send secret messages to your friends [source: ORC]. Read the steps listed below and learn about how you can make a paper jet.

All you need for this project is one square piece of paper of any size. The bigger the paper, the larger your jet will be.

Here's what to do:

  1. Fold the piece of paper along the diagonal to make a crease. Open it. This will be the main crease.
  2. Fold the left corner of paper a third of the distance from the corner to the crease that you just made.
  3. Fold the right corner of paper a third of the distance from the corner to the crease that you just made.
  4. Flip the paper over. It looks like a paper kite.
  5. Fold the top end of the "kite" and make a crease between the two corners. Open it.
  6. Fold the left and right corners evenly into the main crease.
  7. Flip the model over.
  8. Fold the sides of the model evenly into the main crease. Make sure not to fold the flaps from the bottom.
  9. Fold in the nose of the model.
  10. Flip the model over.
  11. Fold the sides of the model evenly into the main crease.
  12. Flip the model over. You should have a small kite-like shape with two long strips of paper underneath.
  13. Fold the two long strips of paper under the flap toward the center.
  14. Push down the two long strips of paper so they meet under the flap [source: NASA].

Practice these steps a few times. It will take several attempts before you make a perfect paper jet.


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