How to Make a Chair Out of Newspaper With Little Duct Tape

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How to Make a Chair Out of Newspaper With Little Duct Tape
A tightly-wound roll of newspaper is surprisingly strong. (newspaper image by Christopher Hall from

You might guess that a chair made from flimsy products like newspaper and duct tape wouldn't be able to hold up a full-grown human. But you'd be wrong. The key is to use a lot of newspaper, bound into tight rolls and formed into triangles using the duct tape to fasten it all together. Only a little duct tape is needed to keep the rolls of newspaper in place. This project can be used in the classroom to introduce students to concepts like geometry and engineering.

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Things you need

  • Newspaper, at least 112 to 140 single pages.
  • Duct tape
  • Heavy book

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  1. 1

    Make 13 stacks of newspaper, each stack containing eight to 10 newspaper pages.

  2. 2

    Roll each stack tightly from top to bottom and put duct tape around each end to hold the newspaper roll in place.

  3. 3

    Use duct tape to create a square frame out of four of the newspaper rolls.

  4. 4

    Attach a roll to each corner of the square, using duct tape, to create the chair's legs.

  5. 5

    Fasten a newspaper roll diagonally on each side of the chair. The rolls should start at the bottom of one leg and attach to the top of another.

  6. 6

    Affix the last roll to the bottoms of two opposite legs of the chair.

  7. 7

    Cover the frame of the chair by taping another eight to 10 sheets of newspaper to each side. Alternatively, you can use a thicker cardboard.

  8. 8

    Test the chair with a heavy object, like a thick book, before attempting to sit it in. The chair should be able to hold your weight, but it's best to be safe by first testing it with another object.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint the chair if you intend to use it regularly. Duct tape and newspaper can get unsightly when the pages start to yellow over time.

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