How to Make a Paper World Trade Center

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How to Make a Paper World Trade Center
The World Trade Center can be memorialised with a paper model. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

You can make a paper model of the World Trade Center by following instructions and carefully working with the paper by folding, gluing and bending it. Some people have chosen to make models of the World Trade Center as a way of remembering the attacks of 2001. No matter the reason, building paper models is a fun and budget-friendly craft for the whole family.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Design blueprint
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape

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    It is fairly easy to find a design on the Internet for your World Trade Center paper model. Search for "World Trade Center Paper Model," and several sites will appear with free designs available for download. Choosing a model can be difficult. Some can be very challenging, while others have larger pieces more suitable for children. Review the design carefully and make sure you understand the instructions before starting the project.

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    Collect your materials before you begin. Once you start, you will need to finish in a timely manner. While different models need different materials, most require the following: card stock or any other index-weight paper, sharp scissors, a glue stick and white glue, a round toothpick and Liquid Paper. You will also need a printer, a craft knife, a "self-healing" cutting board, a scoring instrument and tweezers. Most of all, you will need time and patience!

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    Build the paper model. Each model and design will have a specific set of instructions. Be sure to follow them exactly and read the time requirements before starting. You will start with the base of the World Trade Center, then move on to the Twin Towers and Tower 7. Finally, attach the antenna. Allow each piece to dry completely before moving on.

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    Display your paper model. Because most models are three-dimensional, they may need a stand, which does not come with all models. You can create your own display stand using card stock and then leaning your project against a triangular cutout. Or, you could hang it from the ceiling with a string.

Tips and warnings

  • Take your time so your model comes out looking polished.
  • Allow glue to dry before moving the model.

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