Easy Paper Airplane Templates to Print, Color, Craft, and fly!

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I am so excited to finally share with you these easy paper airplane templates to print and craft! It wasn’t easy to pull together, but I came up with four designs, in both line art (coloring page) versions and full color printables. You can check out my complete list of paper toy templates if you’d like and then scroll through for your paper airplanes! Disclosure: this post contains commissioned links.

Click for cool templates to make paper planes! These easy paper airplane templates are perfect for travel activities for kids, for teaching about transportation or flight while homeschooling, or just for fun!

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My boys are obsessed with anything that moves (like these school bus printables), but especially airplanes.

Baby Y (age 2.5) makes this weird sound with his mouth that he things airplanes makes while flying anything that’s an airplane in his imagination.

easy paper airplante templates - full color paper toy

And M has assembled and reassembled his racing plane LEGO set more than anything else we own.

So naturally I had to design some easy paper airplane templates that they can color and craft.

Of course, I got totally carried away when designing these easy paper airplane templates, and couldn’t stop at one design. So I created four, and only the “set-in-stone” publish date for this on my calendar stopped me from creating a dozen.

I created two versions of each – a color-in and full color one.

Note: these easy paper airplane templates DO fly, however they are not necessarily designed for flight. That means that you can use them as you do those cheap foam flyers, but they don’t fly exceptionally well.

I did play around with a paper clip at the end, how to position it, etc. – and I’m sure you can turn this into a  STEM lesson, blah blah, but I won’t pretend to know more about that than I do.

The truth is: I showed my sons how they can glide and “fly” them and they weren’t interested. They wanted to just fly them while holding them, pretending like they do with any of their toy airplanes that don’t fly.

And they were obsessed with the little propeller, or “fan” as baby Y called it.

My favorite airplane is the one with the propeller at the front. It’s slightly more complicated to assemble than the others, but is still quite simple.

The rest simply have a wingspan and tail wings (is that what they’re called?) to insert into a slot. If you want to actually fly them, I’d recommend gluing or taping these in place, otherwise, just color (optional), cut, and slide it in the slots.

These easy paper airplane templates are perfect for taking  as a travel activity (cut it out in advance since you can’t take scissors on a plane and color/assemble as you travel). They are also great for transportation or flight units.

Download the FREE printable easy paper airplane templates

I was debating which of these paper airplanes to offer for free – the full color or the coloring page ones, and then I thought “hey, why not do both?” So I’m offering one of each – the same plane model – for free.

CLick for this free printable easy paper airplane templates in the full color and coloring page version! This fun kids craft and paper toy is a super fun paper craft to make for travel.

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Download the Full-color easy paper airplane templates

Want the full package of paper airplanes in full color? Click here to purchase it on Etsy! This includes all four full color versions (including the freebie, so you don’t need to download that separately), as well as printable instructions.

Download the full bundle of easy paper airplane templates coloring pages

Want the full package of paper airplanes in the color-in line art format? Click here to purchase it on Etsy! This includes all four color-in versions (including the freebie, so you don’t need to download that separately), as well as printable assembly instructions.

What you need to assemble these easy paper airplane templates

How to assemble easy paper airplane templates

All airplanes

1. Print your template on cardstock if you want it to fly.

2. If using the color-in version, color it in…

3. Cut out all your parts.

3. Cut on the slits. You may need to expand these on a few models to be able to slide the wing in – just measure the widest part of the wing. The slits are mostly to show placement. On the model shown below, the tail wings are close in size to the tail, so be precise.

4. Insert the wings into the slits.

5. If your slits are larger than the part of the wing that sits in the slit, tape the excess shut – the template works easier when it’s tight. You can also tape the wings in place to help it fly better.

6. If you want , you can experiment with paper clips and the positioning on the nose of the plane. On the top positioning I got a really cool smooth glide.

For the airplane with the propeller

7. Stick your wooden bead on the flat end of the skewer. Mine fit exactly, but if yours is loose, glue it in place with wood glue.

8. Use the sharp edge to punch through the center of the propeller (use a craft knife if you need help).

9. Trim your skewer to a couple of inches long. Sandwich it between the two sides of the airplane and glue in place with wood glue. Secure with a paper clip until it sets.

10. Once the wood glue has set, glue the two sides together using wood glue, or some other solid adhesive (such as glue lines or dots).

11. Since you probably didn’t cut it out  perfectly, you may want to trim the uneven edges.

12. Cut your slits and add your wings. Your airplane is ready to take flight!

That’s all! Now that you assembled your easy paper airplane templates, I’d love your feedback.

What are your plans for these easy paper airplane templates? Who will be crafting them, for which occasion? Comment below!

Want to take this a step further? Learn how to make a fast paper airplane!

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  1. Your craft is lovely. I am an Educator in Barbados. At present, students are learning about transportation on land and my class is called the Mighty Motorcyclists.
    Do you have an motorcycle templates?

  2. In Fraternal Order & airplanes are one of the topics. Looking for table favors & this would work extremely well. Thank you for the help!

    1. Hi Candice, one of the coloring models are free and one of the full color models are free (instead of stopping at making that one design, I created additional ones that can be purchased.) If you’re having trouble finding the free download just email me at menucha at momsandcrafters.com and I’ll help you out.

  3. These would be great to use as templates for balsa wood airplanes. These would be great for older children when the paper ones would be great for older children. My father taught me how to make balsa wood airplanes many moons ago. He started when I was 5. He loved making modes and hoped one of his children would pick up the hobby. I started making the paper airplanes when I was 3 and turned to balsa wood airplanes at 5. Never did learn to make the big model airplanes he made. I am 69 now and love to make crafts that are easy that I can do with my hands as I now have health problems keeping me from doing the crafts I used to do. I think my dad would think it Ironic that I am now thinking of using this for a hobby even if it is just paper and balsa wood. I could make the plane parts into a kit for the children’s church program our church has and they would have a ball making them,

  4. Youtube crafts are so nice I showed pictures of them to à brunch of 4 – yearold and they are so eager to try to make them

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