How to make cool stuff out of construction paper

Construction paper is a thick paper with saturated colour. This paper is often used in elementary school classrooms as a preferred art medium due to its flexibility, bright colours, and ease of cutting and gluing. Construction paper is generally inexpensive and available in larger sheets and often it is sold in large multicolour pads so you have many colours and sheets available for your projects. Making cool and interesting things out of construction paper has never been easier. Online plans and patterns are available offering new ideas on ways to use these papers in creative ways.

Choose a pattern or project suitable for the age of the person crafting the piece. Simple pop-up-cards or stand-up star patterns are available for free online and would be suitable for small children.

Print out the pattern and trace it onto the construction paper. Cut out the shapes using scissors. Apply white glue to the pieces that require glue. Use paper clips like clamps to hold glued sections together while they dry. Decorate your project with coloured markers, glitter, cotton balls, tiny sea shells or other decorative elements.

Download a free pattern for a Japanese animal. Cut out your design with scissors and layer different tones of the same colour to create shading. Glue your layers together and add details like eyes or feather veins. Fit and glue your advanced paper craft together to form a small paper statue suitable for display.

Make paper-craft robot boxes. Download up to eight sheets of patterns for a single robot. Transfer your patterns to construction paper and detail the designs as you cut them out. Assemble the robot shapes using glue and paper clips to create whole cities of different robot-shaped creatures.


Advanced paper craft projects are available that are highly complex and detailed. Often when they are finished they do not look like construction paper. These projects stimulate math skills and complex shape building techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Straight edge
  • Paper clips
  • Markers
  • Glitter
  • Cotton balls
  • Tiny sea shells
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About the Author

F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.