How to Make Paper Airplanes

Rocket Power Paper Rocket
Make the rocket power paper rocket.
Make the rocket power paper rocket.
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If you're looking for a cool paper airplane challenge, try making the rocket power paper rocket.

You provide the power to send this rocket into outer space.

Get started on this great paper airplane project by downloading and printing a PDF of the Rocket Power paper airplane pattern.

What You'll Need:

  • Construction paper: yellow, red
  • Paper towel tube
  • Bright-patterned wrapping paper, 7 1/2 x 6 inches
  • Drinking straw
  • Red card-stock
  • Red adhesive star stickers
  • 25 feet red crochet thread
  • Craft stick
  • Small pony bead
  • Large balloon


  • Compass
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft glue
  • Tracing paper
  • Masking tape

How to make the rocket power paper rocket:

Step 1: Use a compass to draw a 5 1/2-inch circle on yellow paper. Cut out the circle. Fold the circle in half. Make a crease along the fold line. Unfold the circle. Cut along the creased line.

Cut along the creased line.
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Step 2: Make a cone shape that extends 1/4 inch beyond the paper towel tube's edge when it is placed on top of the tube. Glue overlapped edges of the cone in place. Discard the other half of the circle.

Make a cone shape.
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Step 3: Apply a narrow ring of glue around the top edge of the tube. Place the cone on top of the tube, center it, and then push excess paper down, smoothing it into glue. Let dry. Cut the tube down to a 7-inch length.

Place the cone on top of the tube.
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Step 4: Lay the wrapping paper face down, and run a line of glue across the top edge and down one side. Lay the tube on the paper, lining up the top edges.

Press the glued edge of the paper to the tube, making sure it is straight. Roll the tube across the paper, applying glue to the tube as it rolls along.

Roll the tube across
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Step 5: Push the extra 1/2-inch of paper at the bottom to the inside of the tube.

Push the extra paper inside of the tube.
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Step 6: Cut the straw to 4 inches, and glue it securely to the center of 1 side of the rocket. Allow to dry.

Glue the straw to the
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Step 7: Cut a 1 x 6-inch strip of red paper. Use scissors to fringe one long side. Glue it around the top edge of the rocket, under the cone. Decorate the cone with stickers.

Fringe one long side.
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Step 8: Make two copies of the fin pattern using tracing paper and card-stock. Cut out. Fold tabs on the dotted lines.

Make two copies
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Step 9: Wrap thread around the craft stick. Thread the loose end through the straw from bottom to top. Slip the bead onto the thread, and tie a loop large enough to go over a doorknob. Make sure the bead is in the loop.

Make sure the bead
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Step 10: Glue fins to the bottom of the rocket, placing them across from each other, with the straw centered between them.

Glue fins to the
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Step 11: Roll a 3-inch piece of masking tape into a loop, with the sticky side out. Stick the tape 2 inches up from the bottom edge of the rocket, on the side opposite the straw.

Stick the tape to the bottom edge of the rocket
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