How to Make Paper Airplanes

Parachute Pizazz Paper Parachute
Make the parachute pizazz paper parachute.
Make the parachute pizazz paper parachute.
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This parachute pizazz paper parachute is a breeze to make. And the higher you throw it, the longer it will float.

Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area when you make this parachute.

What You'll Need:

  • 10 x 10-inch dark-colored tissue paper
  • Household bleach
  • Four sequins
  • Four pieces of thread, 12 inches long
  • Small plastic or wooden thread spool
  • Acrylic paint, dimensional paint, stickers, sequins, or other decorative items
  • Small weight (bead or metal washer)


  • Bowl
  • Craft glue
  • Needle

How to make the parachute pizazz paper parachute:

Step 1: Fold the tissue paper in 1-inch accordion pleats like a fan.

Fold the tissue paper in 1-inch accordion pleats.
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Step 2: Fold this strip into triangular pleats.

Fold the tissue paper into triangular pleats.
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Step 3: Carefully unfold the tissue paper. Allow to dry, then glue a sequin on each corner of the tissue square.

Glue a sequin on each corner of the tissue square.
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Step 4: Pour a little bleach into a bowl. (Wear a smock or an old shirt to protect your clothing from drips and splashes, and make sure your work area is well ventilated.)

Dip just the tip of each corner of the folded triangles into the bleach. Remove the tissue paper from the bleach quickly.

Step 5: Thread one piece of thread onto the needle and make a tight knot at the end. Push the needle down through the center of one of the sequins and through the tissue, pulling the knot next to the sequin.

Push the needle through the center of the sequin.
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Step 6: Remove needle from thread and repeat on the other three corners.

Step 7: Decorate the spool with acrylic paint, sequins, dimensional paint, stickers, or other decorative items.

Decorate the spool.
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Step 8: Pull loose ends of the threads through the spool and tie them around the weight.

Tie the threads around the weight.
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Use white tissue paper. Pour a little food coloring into a bowl and add a few drops of water. Dip the corners into the bowl. Try using a different color for each corner. You can also buy pre-decorated tissue paper in bright patterns if you choose.

Graduate from paper airplanes to paper rockets with the project in the next section. Keep reading to learn how to make the rocket power paper rocket.

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