Introduction: Paper Cracker

A paper cracker is like firecrackers - it makes a loud noise (not as loud as firecrackers :p). The difference? You can make one with only a piece of paper!

Step 1: Materials

All you will need is:
-A sheet of lined paper

Yes, you heard me right. Only a sheet of paper. But for best sound (loud), then go with paper that's thinner than blank paper, since it needs to unfold really easily. Kind of like Magazine Paper.

Step 2: Folding the Paper

Okay, now let's start the process...

After getting your suitable paper, create a small fold at the bottom, and continue folding up, until you have a open space at the top...



Step 3: After Folding the Paper Up...

After you have finished folding the paper almost up to the top of the paper, fold it in half, so that the fold is sticking out on the outside, like so:

Step 4: Folding the Paper Again

After it is folded in half, grab the tip (shown in the image below) at the top of the paper, and pull it down below the folded part, as once again, is in the image below:

Step 5: Firing It Off!

After the tip is folded down, grab the end of the paper cracker, and whip it down really hard *BANG*! The result does vary, but if done correctly, it should always make a loud bang after the first try. But be warned, these things do rip after a while, and their sound diminishes.

After the paper cracker has been "fired off", you should notice that part of it has unfolded down. Refold it up, and repeat step 4. That's how you "reload" it.

Yours not working? I can probably tell you what's wrong. Leave a comment if you're having trouble...

Comments

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madhavancool (author)2015-12-22

its famous here

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rhys25690811234 (author)2013-04-22

is there any way to make a fire cracker out of a party popper

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michaeleoni (author)2009-11-19

dos it have to bee thin or can you use blank paper

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iwillhelpyou (author)michaeleoni2011-02-17

Any kind.

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michaeleoni (author)iwillhelpyou2011-03-17

if you help me i need some one to look at my instructable and tell me what you think ones called how to make a blow dartand looks like this

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scorpionkyler (author)2007-05-17

i cant figure out this step

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Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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ryan289 (author)2007-07-13

i dont get step 4...can u help me out? thx

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iwillhelpyou (author)ryan2892011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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jkeys1323 (author)2007-12-28

I don't understand this step. which direction do I pull it.

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iwillhelpyou (author)jkeys13232011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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fingers (author)2008-01-16

would like better intructions from step 4..little confusing at this point..

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iwillhelpyou (author)fingers2011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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Azaron_Brows (author)2008-08-11

dude ur invention wrecks

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Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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zindor (author)2008-05-20

Mines not working. I followed all the directions and it won't make a popping noise.

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lasermaster3531 (author)zindor2008-09-10

there is another way... fold a piece of paper: hamburger way, then hot dog way pull out the inner flaps, and hold the outer flaps between thumb and forefinger. snap to fire.if that does not work do it backwards.hot dog,then hamburger.

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LOL what!?!?!?!

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iwillhelpyou (author)zindor2011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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russsian555 (author)2008-12-19

i cant get mine to work, i followed the instructions and it wont bang.

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iwillhelpyou (author)russsian5552011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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Pieguy619 (author)2009-01-13

Mine doesn't pop! I don't get it!

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iwillhelpyou (author)Pieguy6192011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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bunny41 (author)2009-04-26

do you pull it all the way down

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iwillhelpyou (author)bunny412011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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justin151 (author)2009-05-07

don't understand

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iwillhelpyou (author)justin1512011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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WendyLD3 (author)2011-02-05

redo last step

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iwillhelpyou (author)WendyLD32011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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goftbiplqq (author)2010-02-07

these instructions really suck. please put up better photos

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iwillhelpyou (author)goftbiplqq2011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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WendyLD3 (author)2011-02-05

i cant understand it

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iwillhelpyou (author)WendyLD32011-02-17

Okay take a piece of paper and fold it evenly until you have about an inch of paper left. Take that and fold it backwards. Fold it so that you can see the little inch of extra paper that is apart from the folded pieces.Pull the inch of paper so that other paper sticks out the other side. Make sure you can barely see the two inch piece of paper.Then hold on the bottom of the paper that came out and that sticks out. Hold it at the edge and flick it awayfrom you.
P.S. Don't cut off the extra inch of paper!

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skaterboy101 (author)2009-07-13

dude thats a popper

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pyro1324 (author)2009-01-10

i don't have any fingers left it blew them off...

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temp (author)2008-12-02

yeah.

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danielswsr (author)2008-01-27

the instruction are a little confusing but this is soo cool!! i cant wait to try it at school tomarow

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bounty1012 (author)danielswsr2008-08-06

lol The teacher will think: OMG IVE BEEN SHOT!!!!!!!!

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manslater (author)2008-04-04

it took me a wile but i did it and it is really cool

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jkeys1323 (author)2007-12-28

"Yours not working? I can probably tell you what's wrong. Leave a comment if you're having trouble..." You say you will help milchael12013 posted his comment almost a year ago

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Kid45 (author)2007-11-09

Looks a bit confusing but I'm going to try it out in math class seeing as its really boring and I can probably scare my teach easily :D

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eragonsdragon101 (author)2007-08-09

I make these all the time.

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rashean123 (author)2007-07-05

ohh i remember those things from elementary school, we used them to scare teachers walking down the hallways, then we'll run like hell

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origamiman23 (author)2007-04-12

this is great

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El Barto (author)2007-03-24

can you please explain step four better, thx

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PM3D (author)El Barto2007-04-08

Sorry for all those people who were having trouble with step four, all you have to do is after you fold your paper, grab the bottom right tip (if you're holding the paper the same direction as in the pic) and pull it up, while holding the sides.

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Quin (author)2007-03-28

i cant do it im on this step and cant figure it out

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!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-03-15

uyy, paper poppers :-) me and my friends used to piss the teachers off so bad!! (when he turn around have 5 ppl pop them lol) cool

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HippieAdrien (author)2007-02-12

hey, man. cool project. i just got lost when your explaining how to fire it. i'm pretty sure i folded it all right.

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Lonewolf7756 (author)2007-02-10

i dont get it