How to Make a Bench out of Paper

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How to Make a Bench out of Paper
Designing a bench from paper requires minimal time and virtually no expense. (The Bench image by lynnmohd2 from

Constructing a bench out of paper takes little time and effort. A paper bench makes an inexpensive addition to a doll house furniture collection or you can set up play scenes that depict a neighbourhood, a zoo or a city setting. A paper bench works as a seat for small paper dolls. A bench made from paper could be the start of an entire room created with paper. To personalise the bench, consider using scrapbook paper or heavy card stock. Both options offer a variety of colours and designs.

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Things you need

  • Paper, letter size
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard from cereal box (optional)
  • Glue or glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Cut out the seat out of paper for the bench by measuring a rectangle, 4 by 2 inches. You can also reinforce the seat with cardboard of the same size. Glue the rectangle of cardboard underneath the paper for support.

  2. 2

    Construct the legs of each bench by cutting out two rectangles measuring 1 inch by 4 inches. Lay the paper vertically on a hard surface and use a ruler to measure 1 inch from the top of each rectangle and 1 inch from the bottom. Mark it with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Fold the paper at the top of each rectangle down to the mark you just made. Unfold this section and bend it backward at the crease. You should now have a shape similar to the number 7. Flip the paper over and fold the bottom up to the mark you have made. Unfold this section and press firmly on the crease. Your rectangles should now look like the letter Z.

  4. 4

    Put glue on the folded top piece of each leg. Place the glued portion on either side of the bottom of the seat so the fold at the bottom is facing out. This piece may be reinforced with cardboard. Cut off a piece of cardboard the same size as the fold and glue to the bottom of the legs.

Tips and warnings

  • The paper bench will work just fine with paper but for a stronger bench consider cutting cardboard from a cereal box. The reinforcement will help the bench stand.

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