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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.


  • Step 1: Fold lengthwise Fold each sheet of paper in half lengthwise, three times.
  • TIP: You can also use two sheets of colored construction paper cut to size.
  • Step 2: Create barrel Create the barrel of the gun by folding one of the folded sheets in half crosswise.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 6: Cock the gun Cock the gun by sliding the barrel forward and then back.
  • FACT: In 1955, Mattel introduced its popular, patented automatic cap gun, the Burp Gun.

You Will Need

  • 2 sheets 8u00bd" x 11" paper
  • Colored construction paper (optional)

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