Introduction: Paper Armor

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Simple, easy, time consuming paper armor. Just need duct tape and plain paper.

Step 1: Rolling

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Take a piece of paper by the corner and roll it as tightly as possible towards the opposite corner. Once rolled, tape it in place.

Once it is rolled it should be about 13 inches long and have about a 1/4 inch diameter.

For full arm guards you will need about 20 rolls for each of your upper arms and 15 for each of your forearms. This will change depending on how wide your arms are.

Step 2: Taping

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Once you have enough rolls, you must tape them together. Line up your rolls so that the ends meet on one side but fan out near the top. Tape them together about 1 inch from the bottom. Tape again about 3 inches from the top.

Step 3: Fashoning a Strap

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Take a long piece of duct tape (circumference of your body part times 2 + about 6 inches) and fold it almost in half so that the sticky sides meet and only about 3 inches are left sticky. Weave the side with the folded edge through about 5 rolls (over, under, over) and tape it in place. Then put it around your arm and tape the other side of the strap so it fits snugly.

Step 4: Done

Thats it, this works for most of your appendages and it really does make blows hurt less, but after a while it starts to sting. They take a while to make and restrict movement some but there isn't much else for me to do in school so these happened. These can go on arms or legs and i may make a full body suit if there is any response to this. Goodbye.


mikesty (author)2007-07-29

The trees, man, the trees!

mrmath (author)mikesty2007-07-30

True, trees would make better armor, but don't you think it would be a bit difficult to move with trees strapped to your arms and legs? :)

SurrealTiger30 (author)mrmath2015-12-28

he is talking about the paper coming from trees

coleblaze402 (author)2015-03-29

ya dont say!

Flash Gordon (author)2009-04-03

Nice but wont stand a chance against a Desert Eagle. The gun and the actual eagle.

mattb10 (author)Flash Gordon2014-10-16

dont think most old time armor could stand a chance against a desert eagle. minigun wouldnt do much, pretty harmless right?

ElCubano (author)Flash Gordon2014-03-09


hammadcue (author)2010-04-11

can you make a full paper armor suit?

silverwing (author)2009-11-12

I am going to make an instructable, your idea was so inspiring, I will give you credit...

Icee202 (author)2009-09-22

And if you had the time you could resin and fiberglass it to reinforce the strength of it.

shelby27 (author)2008-12-06

sorry dude. how much paper do you need because it looks cool. the other people made fun of you but i am apoligizing. sorry.byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

shelby27 (author)2008-12-06

shadow does not like.roflao

2cool4u (author)2008-11-20

this is the dumbest thing ever

Kiteman (author)2007-07-29

This looks like oriental (Japanese?) bamboo armour - it would be OK against sticks, rocks, even a few sword slashes, but little use against piercing wounds (arrows, sword-stabs) and absolutely useless against bullets.

(Mind, this chap says Japanese armour wasn't bamboo)

Weissensteinburg (author)Kiteman2007-07-29

You could make it out of thin metal pipe =]

Kiteman (author)Weissensteinburg2007-07-29

...and be dealt a ringing blow ...

Mitten (author)Kiteman2007-07-30

Puns should be considered a social faux pas

Kiteman (author)Mitten2007-07-30

So I was in my car, and I was driving along, and my boss rang up, and he said 'You've been promoted.' And I swerved. And then he rang up a second time and said "You've been promoted again.' And I swerved again. He rang up a third time and said 'You're managing director.' And I went into a tree. And a policeman came up and said 'What happened to you?' And I Said 'I careered off the road.'

peach_fart (author)Kiteman2008-10-17

Mitten (author)Kiteman2007-07-30

You're not coming to any of my parties.

Kiteman (author)Mitten2007-07-30


TheRocket35 (author)2007-12-03

I don't think this "armor" can take more then one or two punches and would be destroyed agents a kick with a shoe on.

casey321b (author)TheRocket352008-09-09

but it looks cool!!

proffesor cuddles (author)2008-03-02

try it with dowel rod instead of paper rolls

manning457 (author)2008-02-12

hells yeah... id sggest usin hardware cloth to make it really durable, and that would only add a little while to the construction

butters8754 (author)2007-12-10

roflmao, blows .50 awesomely funny! :) :)

Bran (author)2007-07-29

What do you consider blows to be? Punches? Shot hornets? Gunshots?

altaria1993 (author)Bran2007-11-21

.50 cal rounds ;)

John Smith (author)Bran2007-07-29

9mm handgun rounds.

Magistrate (author)John Smith2007-07-30

No, no... Machine Gun fire!

more like an atomic blast

bounty823 (author)2007-10-22

I made cool

themasterpyro (author)2007-09-01

cute might try

ninepound (author)2007-08-01

I don't mean to be picky, but shouldn't this be called Paper Vambraces? That's technically what these are. Lower arm guards.

Hugo.B (author)2007-07-30

I think a modified floppy-disk bag would provide better protection...


pavid (author)2007-07-29

blows to me are punches and kicks. I made this in class so i haven't really tired this with anything too dangerous... I very much agree that it would be bad against swords. And guns.

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