Updated: Apr 24
Every now and then it's good to get down with the kids and get a little creative. Almost everyone at some point in their life has made a paper plane in some shape or form. This post has a few designs which you can download for free along with folding instructions. Take your creativity to the next level with Seedhouse Creative and let your imagination and the inner kid take control.
Ignite your imagination
Back in 1967, Scientific America ran an international contest to find the best paper airplane of the time. The competition generated a lot of interest and they were swamped with lots of entries. The total number of entries was circa 12,000 planes and some 5,000 contestants from 28 countries.
Flash forward to the present, at Seedhouse we thought it would be fun to break away from the corporate day-to-day, take a break and design a few fun models of our own for your pleasure. The designs along with the folding instructions can be downloaded for free – all you need is a printer, some scissors, and a little patience.
1. Super Bolt
Whooosh, the Seedhouse Super Bolt is here. The super-fast dynamic jet will reach amazing heights in no time as it zips across the living room at speed. This super slick plane is camouflaged to evade the enemy as it makes low passes past the parent's home office. Click on the image to download the template and instructions.
2. Star Buster
3, 2, 1, we have lift off. All engines running. Watch as the Star Buster thrusts off in the the nights sky on its next mission into space. Hold tight on an adventure to new worlds. Explore beyond Earth with this super slick spaceship design. Click on the image to download the template and instructions.
3. Silver Bullet
Is it a bird, is it a plane? Yes, kind of, it's the Silver Bullet. Zipping through the air at speed this plane will flash past your eyes in a split second. This super simple design is aimed at high altitude flying to evade the enemy. Take it on a mission or two around the garden or watch it fly from the top of the landing down the stairs. Click on the image to download the template and instructions.
Tips and Tricks
Here are a few tips to get the very best experience from your paper plane templates.
1. Be very careful when cutting out the templates
2. Make sure you use a good sharp cutting knife or pair of scissors
3. Work on a good clean surface
4. Make sure the folds and creases are made precisely
5. Use a good quality ruler to make the folds
6. Do not pull too hard on the paper
7. Use your thumb to flatten the paper
8. Allow for the thickness of the paper as you make more folds
9. Use standard office paper, not thick card unless you're confident in your abilities
10. Have fun!
Out of our minds
Sir Ken Robinson, famous for his book 'Out of our Minds' which has recently been re-released talks primarily about the importance of creativity and divergent thinking and how that will set us apart from machine learning and artificial intelligence as the world becomes ever more complex and automated.
A good example in his book is the comparison he draws between a 4-year-old about to enter the schooling system and an average 21-year University Graduate at the end of theirs. He states from experience if you ask a 4-year-old to think of as many uses as possible for a paper clip they will have an endless amount of ideas. If you asked the graduate to do the same thing they usually can't think of more than 5. This is because traditionally the schooling system has stifled creativity and in essence, knocks it out of them. A bold statement, but it's worth remembering that Sir Kenneth Robinson is a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was Director of the Arts in Schools Project and Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick and is now Professor Emeritus at the same institution.
"It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way and you lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the other way and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realize our true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools, and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and to act differently towards each other. We must learn to be creative."
Professor Sir Ken Robinson
Kids at heart
At Seedhouse, we're out of our minds in a good way. To be truly creative you must have fun for the ideas to flow. We understand how to tap into creativity to get the best solutions to the business challenges we face today in this world in flux.
At Seedhouse, we have that BIG creative agency thinking minus the egos. We have a wealth of experience in Creative Ideation, Branding, Graphic Design, Websites, Digital and Print Design. We are versatile, adept and more importantly, we listen.
If you would like to take your creativity to the next level then give Seedhouse a call.
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