How to Make Paper Firecrackers

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Make a paper firecracker out of any type of paper.

Paper firecrackers, also known as Chinese paper poppers, are a simple craft project that even a small child can make. To make a paper firecracker you need only one sheet of paper and about a minute of your time. The type of paper that you use when making paper firecrackers will determine the loudness of the popping sound. The thicker the paper, the louder the pop sound will be. You can use a well made paper firecracker several times.


Step 1

Fold your paper in half vertically. Run your finger along the fold to create a strong crease. Open your paper back up.

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Step 2

Fold one side of the paper so that the vertical edge touch the crease in the center of the paper. Once again, run your fingers along the fold to create a strong crease.

Step 3

Fold the vertical edge (the same side you folded in step 2) of the paper once more.

Step 4

Flip the paper over and fold horizontally so that the edges meet. Once again reinforce the creases with your fingers. This basically leaves you with a square piece of paper with four flaps.


Step 5

Hold the paper so that the folded side is at the top. You want to hold the pointy corners of the folds (far left side if you are looking down at the paper) between your thumb and index finger.

Step 6

Pull the inside flaps out and up. Make sure to hold tight to the corners of the outer two flaps of paper.


Step 7

Flick your wrist forward while still holding tight to the corners. This will pop the paper out and make a firecracker type noise. Refold to repeat.

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