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Paper Whirlybird

The proper name for this flier is autogyro. It spins as it slowly falls, causing its rotor (the moving parts) to cut through air like wings, creating lift for a leisurely descent.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Heavy card stock

  • Scissors

  • Tape


  1. Measure and mark a 5-by-11-inch section on a piece of heavy paper, such as cover stock. Cut out the section.

  2. Hold the paper, with a short side toward you. Cut a 5-inch slit lengthwise down the center. Mark edges at end of slit on opposite sides. Cut a 1-inch slit in from each edge at the marks.

  3. Fold in the sides below the slits toward the center; they will overlap.

  4. Use transparent tape to attach the two folded sides together. Decorate top flaps with colored stickers, if desired.

  5. Fold the bottom edge up twice, 1 inch at a time. Fasten with paper clips. Fold one flap toward you and the other away from you. Throw whirlybird straight up in the air to make it fly downward.

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