DIY Toy: Paper Helicopter

Here’s a quick and easy DIY toy to make today:  Paper Helicopters! I was initially inspired to make these after seeing them in The Best of Making Things. I also found this great tutorial on the Exploratorium’s website. If you haven’t checked out their site before it’s got some wonderful ideas.

Learn how to make paper helicopters with this step-by-step tutorial.

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Here’s how to make these fun little guys:

Paper Helicopter

Materials

  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Paper clips
  • Tape
  • Cutting board
  • Exacto knife
  • Template see below

Template:  At first I was a little concerned that most of the templates I found for paper helicopters did not include measurements. Then we started experimenting with making them different sizes and the fun really began. We actually found that the bigger they were the better they flew. A 2″ by 8″ piece of paper was just right. Here are the proportions we used, you can increase or decrease them as desired. Cut along all solid linesFold along dotted lines as shown in the next steps. You may want to lightly score the dotted lines to make folding easier.

Instructions

  • Step One Cut your paper and draw template.
  • Step Two Fold section D along long dotted line
  • Step Three Fold Section C along long dotted line
  • Step Four Fold Section A along dotted line towards you
  • Step Five Fold Section B along dotted line away from you
  • Step Six Fold bottom edge of section C/D towards you
  • Step Seven Tape folded end of C/D I couldn’t resist adding a little flair with some decorative tape by Kid Made Modern
  • Step Eight Add a paper clip to the taped end

Learn how to make paper helicopters with this step-by-step tutorial.You’re done! Take them outside and throw them like you would throw a ball or paper airplane. They should spin like a helicopter to the ground!  If you have a two story space you can also drop them down and watch them spin.Learn how to make paper helicopters with this step-by-step tutorial.

My kids enjoyed playing with them but once I got my camera out my son got into all the “action” shots I was taking. You really don’t need to throw them that hard!

Don’t forget to try making them in different sizes; that’s part of the fun!

Learn how to make paper helicopters with this step-by-step tutorial

I’d love to see more flying paper toys! Leave me a comment below with your favorites!

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Learn how to make paper helicopters with this step-by-step tutorial.

Comments

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Thanks for stopping by Georgia! Posting another one your boys might enjoy tomorrow: Tin Can Stilts. We love making DIY toys:)

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Hi Kelly,
      I love that you made a Silhouette file from my template! I’ve been dying to get a Silhouette myself! Great idea.
      Ana

  1. Amy says

    Thanks so much for this fun and super-easy activity! My 2.75 yr old loved decorating the pieces of paper, helping me cut, folding, taping, and putting on the paperclip. By the time we took the helicopters outside to watch them twirl, we had already shared so much together that I was feeling very blessed. There was enough wind to keep them up in the sky for a very long time, and sometimes they went pretty far too. We will be making these over and over as she grows and I bet each time it takes on a whole new meaning for her!

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Amy, this makes me so happy to hear! They really are a lot of fun and so easy. I stored our for use again and again!

  2. says

    I WISH YOU HAD PUT A PRINTABLE TEMPLAVE THAT COULD BE PRINTED AND USED WITHOUT HAVING TO MEASURE OUT EVERYTHING. NOT EVERYONE HAS THE TIME OR ENERGY TO DO THE MEASURE & THINGS THAT GO WITH IT…ANN

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Thanks for stopping by Ann! I believe there are some templates on the web if you google paper helicopter template. Hope that helps and enjoy!

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