How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun

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How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
Finished gun (Vickie Kapnas)

Whether the need is for a theatrical prop, an addition to a Halloween costume or just a little creative fun, making a shotgun from cardboard is not difficult. This is an inexpensive craft project that does not require a great deal of skill or time. Children can also learn some very basic sculpting techniques by creating this three-dimensional firearm.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Piece of corrugated cardboard that is big enough to accommodate the size of gun desired
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • White school glue
  • Tracing paper

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  1. 1

    Draw the gun on cardboard and trace with black marker. It's easy to find images of guns on the internet that can serve as a reference. Rulers can help to create straight edges where necessary.

    How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
    Gun image
  2. 2

    Trace over most prominent areas with tracing paper to create patterns.

    How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
    Tracing sections
  3. 3

    Draw additional pieces on cardboard, one piece for each side of the gun.

    How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
    Extra pieces
  4. 4

    Add dimension by filling in with black marker in appropriate places.

    How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
    Detail added
  5. 5

    Cut out gun and extra pieces. Increase definition by building up each piece with additional cardboard.

    How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
    Sculpted effect
  6. 6

    Glue all pieces in place with white school glue.

    How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
    Layered cardboard

Tips and warnings

  • This layered sculpting technique can be utilised to make other types of paper and cardboard crafts.
  • Make sure that the cardboard that is used is brown on both sides before starting.

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