How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun

Written by ann hudson | 13/05/2017
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.

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

How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
Gun image

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
Tracing sections

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

How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
Extra pieces

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

How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
Detail added

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

How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
Sculpted effect

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

How to Make a Cardboard Shotgun
Layered cardboard

Glue all pieces in place with white school glue.

Tips

  • This layered sculpting technique can be utilised to make other types of paper and cardboard crafts.

Warnings

  • Make sure that the cardboard that is used is brown on both sides before starting.

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.

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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