Introduction: How to Make a Cardboard AK-47

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Nowadays, there are many people who are against gun violence. They say that guns are bad and always have a negative effect on a person who has been exposed to guns. But what they are talking about is crap. If you own a gun you should be responsible for it and anyway, a lot of gun mishaps happen because of things like blinding someone(with a pellet gun), which could have been controlled by the owner like by learning gun safety and teaching it to people to prevent bad gun related events.

The AK-47 is a very popular gun, appearing in virtually every action movie with terrorists and stuff. Many people know what it is and now, because of a school project about revolutions and stuff that needed gun props for a war, I will teach you how to make a Cardboard AK-47!

Oh yeah, this is my first instructable and rating and offering constructive criticism will really help me. Okay, now let's get started!

Step 1: Planning

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One night, I was very bored. I was preparing for school but I noticed from my class schedule that there wasn't going to be school the next day because of some holiday. But our project suddenly crossed my mind. I remembered that I was going to have to go to school tomorrow anyway because we had to shoot a video for a project about revolutions. And my assignment for the project was to make guns and the first thing that came to my mind was an AK-47. (Even though it wasn't going to be invented yet for at least another 80+ years at the time of the revolution (Spanish times in the Philippines.)

After Googling tutorials on how to make cardboard guns, all that came up on the results were a book on how to make an AK-47 out of paper (from the book). I didn't want to buy it so I just drew a life-sized AK-47 based on a picture I printed out. Noticing the contrast of the wood compared to the metal parts on it, I noticed that it could be constructed in sections, which would make everything easier than having to draw the whole AK-47 again and again.

Step 2: What You Need

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For this instructable, you need:
*Cardboard, make sure you have a lot. Its really annoying to run out once your already "in" into making your project.
*A Pen knife (Box Cutter)
*A Cutting Mat
*A Ruler( I used a metal one since if you use plastic or wood, sometimes, the cutter slices them, rendering them useless for very precise applications)
*Pencil (sharpened of course.)
*Glue gun
*Glue sticks that are compatible with the glue gun
*Time and patience

Step 3: Drawing It

Get your cardboard and draw a life sized replica of an AK-47(without all the other details like triggers).
Based on , an AK-47 is 870mm long so just base it on that.

Step 4: Get the Parts

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From your drawing based on a picture from the internet(like this one) or a book or something, cut out the parts individually, (Barrel, handle thing, banana magazine, the big long part, the grip and the stock) and clean it up by smoothing off rough edges and stuff like that.

Step 5: Cloning Process!

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From the parts you cut up and cleaned up from your life sized drawing on cardboard of an AK-47, you will now use them to make the gun have some thickness.

WARNING: DO NOT glue these original parts to the gun unless you don't want to make another AK-47 without drawing another life sized copy. Save them if you want to make another AK-47 so you can just trace them.

Get your board and place the stock thing on top of it.
Trace it several times making sure to use enough of the cardboard so you don't waste any.
Recommended number of layers(layers of cardboard): 6

Repeat for all the other parts:
Long part
Recommended number of layers(layers of cardboard): 5
Recommended number of layers(layers of cardboard): 4
Handle thing
Recommended number of layers(layers of cardboard): 7
Recommended number of layers(layers of cardboard): 5
Recommended number of layers(layers of cardboard): 3

Step 6: Glueing

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Now that you have all the parts together, with the glue gun, glue each part you cut individually on top of the other.
After make sure to seal up the sides well so it won't break when handled.

Now after about 10 minutes, glue the stock to the long part.
Now, in order, here is how you should glue them to the long part so the they won't get messed up easily (they won't get bent or folded when gluing other parts)
Glue the Handle to the long part
Glue the Banana to the bottom of the long part
Glue the Grip to the long part
Glue the Barrel to the long part.

Wait for it to dry for like 15 minutes.
In the next step, we will make the trigger.

Step 7: The Trigger and the Trigger Guard

Get a thin but long(ish) piece of cardboard. Squish it between your fingers to flatten it a bit.
This will be the trigger guard. Don't make the length exact so you can actually glue it to the grip thing and the bottom of the long part. Anyway now, Glue it to the grip thing, folding it a little so there is some support.

Make a trigger, just a piece of cardboard shaped like a half crescent. Glue it to the bottom of the long part right before it meets the trigger guard. When it is dry, glue the rest of the trigger guard to the long part.

Step 8: Cleaning Up and Trimming

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Wait for a few minutes so the glue dries before trimming the bad cuts and the weird fuzzy parts of the cardboard gun. Glue in weak parts like the parts which are thin and reinforce them with a bit of board to make them more sturdy.

Step 9: Add Details

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Okay. Now I know that my AK-47 doesn't have much detail but my excuse is that I had to sleep already because my parents told me to because they have to wake me up early because I had to go to school. And, I had a blurry picture but now that I have found this picture, you can decorate your Cardboard AK-47 with safeties and stuff to make it seem more realistic.

Step 10: Do Something With It

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I used it for a project and I'm going to display it on some wall or something. You can decorate it or paint it realistically or even burn it. Or you can even make a lot of them, sell them and make money, or have a fake war. Its up to you.

Watch out for my next instructable and don't forget to comment and rate! Thanks for reading! :)


doncan (author)2015-11-29

please can you email it to me at no longer aviable at mediafire.

MotaBoi (author)2009-10-29
JhonnsonM (author)MotaBoi2015-10-13

please may you send your template to

kevin_kenway (author)2015-07-28

I'm here looking at how much an ak-47 cost with only 3 dollars XD

kojakjp (author)2013-03-29

so did your friends hate u for making a gun that was not invented yet?

Tenzinwoser (author)kojakjp2015-02-22

yea u r right

Kush_Slayer (author)2009-03-24

i want to buy a real one

PKTraceur (author)Kush_Slayer2009-08-17

1800 for the gun, plus a 1000 dollar license to own ONE fully automatic rifle, 100 dollars to get into a range that allows fully autos, and another 100-750 if you actually want to service it.

Also, NATO rounds are expensive as hell.\

Loving to put the light on things,

Kush_Slayer (author)PKTraceur2009-08-20

or you could get a semi auto only one for ~$600 and the ammo isnt that expensive($.25 per round compared to the $1 per round that regular hunting ammunition is)

PKTraceur (author)Kush_Slayer2009-08-20

Dude, shotgun shells are a dollar apiece. Hunting rounds are less than 50c. But, I mean, come on, who wants a Civ AK-47? (Did you know that .50 BMG rounds can be more than 4.50 a piece? They come in boxes of ten.)

Kush_Slayer (author)PKTraceur2009-08-21

where i live all hunting rifle ammo is $1 or more, shotgun shells range from $.23 to $1 depending on what kind of shot it is .50 BMG ammo is about $3 a round where i live i would have bought a civilian ak but i bought an sks instead

CVJX (author)Kush_Slayer2009-08-23

Whoa, I didn't know it was THAT expensive to own/maintain a gun. Do you really have to renew your license every year?

PKTraceur (author)CVJX2009-08-23

Oh, no, no way!

We are talking about fully automatic AK 47's which need a 1000 dollar automatic weapons license renewed every 1 or 2 years, plus the actual gun which can go well above 1800... But, You can buy a Ruger10/22 or an SKS for... hmm... 200? 300? Then a look-alike-conversion kit for a hundred, or two hundred... but it's still a Civ Ak, meaning only semi auto. Generally the AK kits use real parts from an AK that were CNC'd. (Laser cutting stuff)

But, if you just want to go hunting deer, a decent remington rifle would be about 580, then a good scope would be 30-50, gun oil, 2.50, A case of ammunition, (A case is 50 boxes, boxes contain 25 or 20 rounds. A round is, well, a bullet.) can get up to 80-90 cents a piece for a 30-06 catridge, which Im assuming Kush_Slayer is shooting.

I own a Mossberg 500, (A shotgun,) and the shells are less than a rifle catridge! I can get 25 shells for 7 dollars!

But truly, shotguns and rifles don't require much matinence, only after you shoot them should you clean them.

Anyways, *steps off soapbox* you should get one. Or even a BB or pellet gun, those are great fun as well.

Or you could get one for 50 cents in Somalia.

Krinkov (author)PKTraceur2009-09-02

A civilian transferable AK-47 would set you back around $16,000 and require a one time $200 tax stamp. The $1000 dollars you mention is for a license to sell fully automatic weapons. The license would allow you to own dealer sample weapons, weapons that are not transferable to civilians.

jocko777 (author)Krinkov2009-09-04

i may be wrong but i can get ak47 all day long for aout 1/16th of that price perhaps its where you live . try these guys too bad i cant get a discount for sending them customers . of course if you are talking fully automatic thats different but i still dont think the price is that high .these guys sell a lot of stuff .arizona is a fairly lenient state

jocko777 (author)jocko7772009-09-04

sorry the gun dislayed and all the other types run about 400- 700 dollars

Krinkov (author)jocko7772009-09-05

Just do a search for class 3 weapons and you will see you can't even get a civilian transferable full-auto MAC 10 for less than $3000.

PKTraceur (author)PKTraceur2009-08-23

Also, a very fun program to play with,


CVJX (author)PKTraceur2009-08-25

That's a lot of money for something you can't really use as self defence as quickly as like a handgun or something. How much is a license(for owning guns in general, not for the actual gun) anyway?

PKTraceur (author)CVJX2009-08-26

Uhh... Nothing as far as I'm concerned. The Second Amendment gives you the right. Assuiming, you aren't in the USA, I won't rant about how our goverment sucks. -PKT

PKTraceur (author)PKTraceur2009-08-26

I'm unsure what the license is in european countries, or otherwise. -PKT

hobzez (author)PKTraceur2009-09-09

wow to me thats really cheap

bombmaker2 (author)PKTraceur2009-09-08

u can mod them to full auto

madhops0620 (author)PKTraceur2009-09-04

You mean if you plan on buying it legally :)

vruiz3 (author)2011-08-26

its called barrel gas block cover reciever bannana mag grip stock

builderkidj (author)vruiz32012-11-05


vruiz3 (author)builderkidj2012-11-05

Yea i was still learning guns at the time now i know much more :D

Atlas Portal 2 (author)2012-04-07

I <3 this I grew up In Russia so this means alot to me

vruiz3 (author)2011-08-26

add an airsoft gear box mech for it to shoot

Foghat Leghorn (author)2009-06-02

haha i give you props for making it through this without knowing anything about the parts of a gun:) still pretty sick im gonna try this with other guns

CVJX (author)Foghat Leghorn2009-08-13

:D. I will make something(also a gun) then paint it.

PRtheking (author)CVJX2011-07-27

how old are you, i never heard of a school project that required an AK-47, well besides somalia

KillYouSD (author)2011-07-23

lol 1. barrel/part of gasblock. 2. hand guard/shroud. 3. reciever. 4.butt stock (or stock) 5. grip/handle/whatever. 6. ya banana mag. nice tut btw. it would be even cooler if there was an included template

kevin71127 (author)2008-12-21

its a rainbow! literally! but seriously, why is it curving

CVJX (author)kevin711272009-01-06

Huh? What do you mean by its a rainbow? And what is curving?

mnpunk (author)CVJX2009-08-31

The whole gun, it's melting, like, the parts aren't glued on too very well, so every part is hanging...get it?

gwilson4 (author)mnpunk2011-06-26

AKs look like that dude, it's because of the angle of the stock.

Instructah (author)kevin711272009-04-04

is prolly cuz it wasnt glued properly

jstar257 (author)2009-09-26

but does it have working parts ???

gwilson4 (author)jstar2572011-06-24


bounty1012 (author)jstar2572009-09-30


hamada80 (author)2011-03-22

Nice job dude ! i tried this one but i found it unscaled not 1/1...

CluainnFhada (author)2011-02-19

receiver(well the metal and wooden thing in the middle)-41.6cm
and the stock- 22.7 cm
handle thing(wooden thing I thought was part of reciver?)-15.1cm

the grip-9.5cm
banana magazine-20cm at longest possible measurement.

Measurements! Usefulness!

Doctor Freeman (author)2010-08-17

could you put the measurements for the one you used for someone in grade school

ymliman901 (author)2010-07-26

the long part is called the recevier btw

davison112 (author)2010-05-08

i made a battle rifle using this technique, ty mate! (halo 3 BR)

ZeRoBurrito (author)2009-01-29

pretty badass... how long did it take you?

farzaan_123 (author)ZeRoBurrito2010-03-09

8 mins max

CVJX (author)ZeRoBurrito2009-02-02

About two hours each. Its pretty easy, but the cutting of the pieces is hard.

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