How to Make a Paper AK-47

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Making a semi-automatic weapon from paper gives you a toy gun that is both safe and intimidating. Make a paper AK-47 semi-automatic rifle from a few household items and some paper purchased from a hobby store or drugstore. Your paper AK-47 won’t actually shoot but it will certainly look impressive. You will need about an hour to make the paper AK-47.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Table
  • 11x14-inch white paper
  • Cellophane tape
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put an 11x14-inch sheet of white paper onto a table with the long side lying vertical. Roll the sheet of paper from the bottom to the top to make a tube. Tape the top and bottom of the tube with cellophane tape.

  2. 2

    Make three more paper tubes in the same fashion as was just done in step one. Tape the tubes to each other with cellophane tape after placing them side by side on the table vertically.

  3. 3

    Make two more paper tubes in the same fashion as in step one. Tape the top and bottom of each of the ends of both of the paper tubes with cellophane tape.

  4. 4

    Put one of the single tubes 4 inches into a hole at one of the ends of the four tubes that are taped together. Tape the single tube to the tube it is inside of by applying cellophane tape around the rim where the two tubes meet.

  5. 5

    Count two tubes over from the tube that has the single tube in it. Put the other single tube into the hole in a similar fashion as the first single tube. Apply cellophane tape in a similar fashion to secure the single tube into the hole.

  6. 6

    Bend the two single tubes away from each other in a 45-degree angle using your fingers.

  7. 7

    Make another paper tube in the same fashion as in step one. Cut the tube in half with the scissors. Tape the cut top of both of the cut halves with cellophane tape.

  8. 8

    Place the four tubes down horizontally with the single tube at the bottom.

  9. 9

    Place one end of one of the cut tubes against the top of the bottom tube attached to the four tubes. Place the end of the cut tube against the end of the other tube attached to the four tubes.

  10. 10

    Tape the ends of the cut tube to the two other tubes using the duct tape.

  11. 11

    Make two more paper tubes in the same fashion as in step one. Tape the top and bottom ends of both tubes with cellophane tape.

  12. 12

    Insert the end of one of the tubes into the end of the other tube. Push the tube into the other tube until about half of the tube is inside. Tape the tubes where they meet at the hole using cellophane tape.

  13. 13

    Insert one end of the long tube you have just made 4 inches into the hole at the end of the four tubes. Secure the long tube by wrapping cellophane tape around it where it meets the hole.

  14. 14

    Cut the other cut half-paper tube in half again with the scissors. Tape the cut top of one of the two halves of paper tube just made. Discard the other half.

  15. 15

    Place one end of the cut half paper tube to the bottom of the long paper almost at the other end where the tube meets the vertical tube forming the “gun stock.” Tape the end of the cut half-paper tube to the bottom of the tube with cellophane tape.

  16. 16

    Lift up your paper AK47. Place the “gun stock” at the end against your shoulder. Aim the long tube at an imaginary target and squeeze the “trigger” at the bottom of the AK-47.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint your AK-47 with spray paint to make it look more realistic.
  • Never take any toy weapon--regardless of what it is made of--out in public where it could be mistaken for the real thing and get you into trouble.

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