How to Make Paper Weapons From "Star Wars" With Origami

Written by alexander poirier
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Originating in China before making its way to Japan, origami is the art of folding paper in a way so that it resembles an item, shape or design. You can make almost anything out of paper using origami techniques, including the most iconic weapon in the "Star Wars" universe: the lightsaber. Since you cannot use tape when working with origami, every fold must be precise and well creased in order to create your piece of paper art.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Coloured pencils

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut a piece of paper that is 2 inches by 10 inches. Fold the right edge of the paper one-third of the way over lengthwise and crease the fold. Fold the left edge of the paper one-third of the way over lengthwise and crease the fold. You will now have a folded strip of paper that is one-third the original width (2/3-inch).

  2. 2

    Unfold the folds you made in Step 1 and flip the paper over. Fold the bottom edge (short side) of the strip up one-fourth of the way and crease the fold. Fold the bottom-right corner at a 30-degree angle to create a paper hook (the fold should not cross over the crease you made in Step 1). Refold the creases you made in Step 1 so that you once again have a strip that is 2/3-inch thick. Insert the paper hook in between the folded paper on the other side to hold the paper in place.

  3. 3

    Flip your lightsaber template over and design your lightsaber with colour pencils. Your lightsaber is now split into two sections: a long top section (the blade) and a short bottom section (the handle). Colour the blade any colour you wish and design the handle to your liking. See the page in the "Resources" section of this article for numerous lightsaber examples to help with your design.

  4. 4

    Fold the decorated strip of paper lengthwise into thirds and crease the folds heavily, making sure the decorations are on the outside of the folded strip. Squeeze the folded edges of the lightsaber to "pop-out" the body of the lightsaber and give it a three-dimensional look.

Tips and warnings

  • Origami does not allow the use of tape or glue, but the folds of origami will not hold forever. If you want to keep your lightsaber for an extended period, place a line of glue or a strip of tape along the edge of the lightsaber to hold it together.

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