How to make a paper katana sword

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How to make a paper katana sword
A paper sword is a little less lethal than the real thing. (Getty Creative)

Origami is the art of making folded designs from pieces of paper. You can make a paper katana sword that will let you pretend to be a ninja---without any of the dangers of a real sword. A sheet of paper and a few common household items are the only items needed. A cutting edge will be used, so an adult should supervise if a child is making the ninja-style sword.

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Things you need

  • Computer printing paper
  • Scissors
  • Cellophane tape
  • Ruler

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a 20-cm by 10-cm (8-inch by 4-inch) rectangle out of a sheet of computer printing paper with the scissors.

  2. 2

    Place the paper rectangle on a table with a 10-cm (4-inch) side facing you.

  3. 3

    Fold the left side of the paper rectangle over to the right side. Crease the fold down with your fingers. Repeat this procedure.

  4. 4

    Connect the sides of the paper rectangle together using cellophane tape.

  5. 5

    Place the paper rectangle horizontally on the table. Fold the upper left corner of the paper rectangle towards the right to form a point. Fold the upper right corner of the paper rectangle towards the left to form a point. Tape the two points together with a piece of cellophane tape.

  6. 6

    Cut a 10-by-5-cm (4-by-2 inch) paper rectangle out of a sheet of computer printing paper with the scissors.

  7. 7

    Place the 10-by-5-cm (4-by-2 inch) rectangle on the table with the 5-cm (2-inch) side facing you.

  8. 8

    Fold the left side of the 10-by-5-cm (4-by-2 inch) paper rectangle over to the right side. Crease the fold down with your fingers. Repeat this procedure.

  9. 9

    Wrap the 10-by-5-cm (4-by-2 inch) paper rectangle around the end of the other paper rectangle that does not have a point on it to form a handle

  10. 10

    Connect the 10-by-5-cm (4-by-2 inch) paper rectangle to the end of the other paper rectangle with cellophane tape.

  11. 11

    Pick up your ninja-style paper katana sword by the "handle" and aim the point at any and all imaginary ninja enemies.

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