How to Make an Army Gun Out of Cardboard

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How to Make an Army Gun Out of Cardboard
Toy army figure (crawling soldier image by timur1970 from

Toy or prop guns can easily be made at home with cardboard. In fact, making a gun out of cardboard can stimulate more creativity and you can adorn the gun with multiple utilities. Cardboard guns are also a cheap alternative to use for school plays or home video projects, since neither are required to capture the details of a more realistic gun.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Reference picture
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • X-acto knife
  • Super glue
  • Duct tape
  • Spray paint

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  1. 1

    Find a picture of a gun online (see resources for an example). Print out the image.

  2. 2

    Trace the gun outline with tracing paper and graphite pencil. Trace on both sides of the tracing paper.

  3. 3

    Trace the image onto a piece of cardboard. The side of a cardboard box works best. Since both sides of the tracing paper are imprinted with graphite, the outline will become imprinted onto the cardboard no matter which side is traced.

  4. 4

    Trace this image onto four pieces of cardboard.

  5. 5

    Cut out each traced cardboard piece with an X-acto knife.

  6. 6

    Cut the magazine out from two of the four cardboard pieces. A magazine is a container for ammunition that can be detachable and pulls from below the gun's grip. Save the cut out magazine pieces. When cutting the cases out, do not cut the entire grip off the gun. Rather cut a smaller rectangular section within the grip of the gun.

  7. 7

    Superglue the four cardboard gun pieces together with the two magazine-cut pieces in between the two whole parts of the gun.

  8. 8

    Wrap duct tape around the grip and barrel of the gun, then wrap the duct tape around the saved magazine cut outs.

  9. 9

    Spray paint the gun and the magazine cartridge. Let it dry.

  10. 10

    Fit the magazine cartridge into the hollowed out section of the gun. Remove and insert when desired.

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