Egg Carton Glider


Paper airplanes are so much fun. What child (or adult for that matter!) doesn’t love the thrill of launching a DIY plane and seeing it glide through the air. Sometimes though, folded paper planes can be a little complicated to make – especially for younger kids. That’s why we love this egg carton glider so much. All you need are a couple of supplies that you probably already have around the house, it is super simple to make and in less than ten minutes you have a new DIY toy.

Egg Carton Glider by One Perfect Day


  • A clean and empty egg carton (styrofoam cartons work best because they are so light, but our cardboard one worked fine as well)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paint (optional)
  • Coin (penny or dime)
  • Adhesive tape


Egg Carton Glider by One Perfect Day

Begin by drawing your glider shape on the inside of the egg carton lid. You don’t need to be an artist to do this. Simply draw the peak of a triangle at the center top of the lid. Next, draw the tops of the wings diagonally across to the side of the lid and all the way up the sides of the lid. It is essential that the wings go up the side of the lid so that you end up with a bend in the wings – it’s this little bit of design genius that will make your glider really fly.

Egg Carton Glider by One Perfect Day

Next, simply cut out your glider shape and paint or decorate any way you like. The final step is to attach a small coin to the nose of the glider using adhesive tape. This will help to stabilize your glider during flight. The coin needs to be attached to the top of the glider. The top of the glider is the side where the wings bend upwards. That’s it! You’re done!

Egg Carton Glider by One Perfect Day

To fly your glider, hold it by the tail and point it slightly upwards as you throw it. Why not make more than one and have competitions to see who can fly their glider the furthest? You could even test out other designs. For example, cut two small slits in the back of each wing approximately an inch apart. Now bend that section of the wing up and see how this affects the glider’s flight. What happens if you make the tail longer, or the wings narrower? Have fun experimenting!

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Egg Carton Glider by One Perfect Day

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