How to Make a Paper Gun

Get a rousing game of cops and robbers going in minutes with this completely safe and worry-free toy gun.


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Transform boring sheets of paper into simple and fun craft projects.


You Will Need

  • 2 sheets 8½" x 11" paper
  • Colored construction paper (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Fold lengthwise

    Fold each sheet of paper in half lengthwise, three times.

  2. You can also use two sheets of colored construction paper cut to size.

  3. Step 2

    Create barrel

    Create the barrel of the gun by folding one of the folded sheets in half crosswise.

  4. Step 3

    Fold ends of other sheet

    Fold both ends of the other sheet downward at a 90-degree angle, leaving a 4-inch section in the middle.

  5. Step 4

    Fold in half

    Fold this same sheet in half in the center of the 4- inch section. The two angled ends will now be aligned. This is the gun handle.

  6. Step 5

    Slide in barrel

    Hold the barrel in one hand with the open, non-folded end facing toward the handle you are holding in the other hand. Slide each of the 90-degree-angled ends into each of the folded pockets on the barrel.

  7. Step 6

    Cock the gun

    Cock the gun by sliding the barrel forward and then back.

  8. In 1955, Mattel introduced its popular, patented automatic cap gun, the Burp Gun.