How to Make Paper Handcuffs

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The next time your kids beg you for a pair of handcuffs to complete their game of cops and robbers, offer to help them make their own. Real handcuffs are inappropriate and may pose a hazard for childhood play, but with some old sheets of newspaper and glue, you can satisfy your kids' desires with a safe and painless version of the real thing.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Rubber cement glue or duct tape
  • Scissors

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Fold a sheet of newspaper in half length-wise several times until you have a long strip about two inches wide.

Bend the sheet into a circular cuff just large enough to slip over your child's wrist. Cut the ends if they are too long, but allow about an inch of the paper to overlap.

Glue or tape the overlapping ends. If you are using glue, hold the ends in place until the glue dries. Repeat Steps 1 through 3 to create a second cuff.

Create several smaller versions of the cuff. Do this by cutting the newspaper to about one-quarter of its original size and folding it length-wise several times to create a strip.

Wrap the first strip around one of the large cuffs before gluing or taping it. Wrap the second small strip around the first small strip and so on to produce a paper chain. Attach the last link of the chain to the second large cuff and you are done. You can make the chain as long as you like.

Tips & Warnings

  • Over-exposure to rubber cement glue can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness or in worst case scenario, loss of consciousness. Try not to breathe in the rubber cement excessively and work in a well ventilated area.
  • Avoid open flames or spark sources while working with rubber cement glue.


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