How to make paper guns and bullets

Written by mara shannon
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Paper guns and bullets are a cheaper alternative for kids' toy guns, and because kids can make their own paper guns, they offer more opportunities for creativity. And when they break or wear out, it's fast and easy to repair or replace them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Roll up a sheet of paper into a tube with about a 3/4 inch diameter opening and tape the tube to secure it. This will be the barrel of your gun. If you'd prefer a rifle, roll two or three sheets of paper lengthwise and tape them together.

  2. 2

    Create a handle with a second piece of rolled paper, cut it down to your preferred length. Tape it to the gun barrel. If you like, use the remaining piece of the paper roll to make a second handle for the front of the gun.

  3. 3

    Roll a tube of paper that's somewhat more narrow than the gun barrel. Tape it to the top of the gun to create a sight.

  4. 4

    Make bullets by rolling small pieces of paper into cone shapes. Tape the cone together and cover the centre hole with tape. Trim the wider end so that it fits into the barrel.

  5. 5

    Place a bullet in the back of the gun and blow to fire.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use plain white printer paper or, if you want to make your paper gun stand out more, coloured copy paper or construction paper.
  • Personalise the gun or make it look more realistic by using markers to add detail.

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