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DIY Toy: Paper Helicopter

by on January 16, 2013

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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.

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

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.

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!

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

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Linda January 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

This is so cute and I like that you showed how it worked with a live model. :) Nice post. I’d love to have you share this at my linky party on what to do on the weekends. Take care, Linda

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Ana Dziengel January 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Thanks Linda! I just shared it on your latest Linky party!

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The Monko January 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm

these are brilliant, i have to make some of these for my son, he LOVES helicopters

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Ana Dziengel January 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thank you so much! Love your Linky Party!

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Bella January 19, 2013 at 2:09 am

Wonderful idea. Love how colourful they are, and really love your adorable action shots!

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Ana Dziengel January 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thanks Bella! Loved your mosaic heart box this week on Art Club Blog!

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Diana Rambles January 21, 2013 at 4:58 am

Those are so fun! Love your addition of washi tape! Thanks for linking up!

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Ana Dziengel January 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Thanks Diana!

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Love and Lollipops January 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Looks like something my boys would definitely enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

Georgia

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Ana Dziengel January 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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

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Jacquie@KCEdventures April 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

What a great tutorial – I love the vintage diy toys that we had as kids, they offer so much creativity and great hands-on experiences. Really enjoying your blog!

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Ana Dziengel April 13, 2013 at 6:49 am

Thanks Jacquie! I appreciate you stopping by!

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krafting kelly July 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. I made a cutting file from your instructions so my Silhouette machine can now cut as many as I want!

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Ana Dziengel July 3, 2013 at 5:04 am

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

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Amy November 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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!

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Ana Dziengel November 23, 2013 at 5:13 am

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!

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ANN November 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

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

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Ana Dziengel November 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

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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