Paper Parachutes

A paper parachute is a fun toy that is easy to make! Launch your parachute from up high and watch it float safely to the ground.

Things you will need:

  • Parachute material (cloth, plastic bag, paper towel)
  • A weight for your parachute ( toy, rock, paperclip)
  • 4 feet of String

Step 1

Cut out a square foot of your material. Your can use a paper towel – or for more durability cut a square sail out of a plastic shopping bag. Decorate your parachute with markers.

Step 2

Cut 4 1-foot-long pieces of string.

Step 3

Attach 1 string to each corner of your parachute. Gather and twist the corners 1/2 inch from each edge. Tie string tightly around each gathered corner (create the knot near the top of the strand). Repeat this process on every corner. Do your best to tie all of the strings at approximately the same spot. This will result in long tails that are the same length.

Step 4

Tie the strings together leaving 2 inches of extra string. Select an object to add weight to the parachute, such as a rock, an action figure, or just paperclips. Use the 2 inch tails to secure the object to the parachute.

Step 5

Drop your paper parachute!

What did you learn?

Experiment with different weights and parachute sizes.

• What falls faster a big parachute or a small one?

• What material is better?

• Does the weight of the object make a difference in how fast the parachute falls?


All activities should be supervised by an adult.