Make Dice From Paper

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Intro: Make Dice From Paper

Here's a simple and nerve braking tutorial on how to make your own dice from paper. Good luck.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

All you'll need for making your own dice is:
- paper;
- scissors;
- origami skills;
- hot glue gun (optional);
- marker.

Step 2: Cutting the Paper

Take the paper and measure 4x4 centimeters squares (4 cm = 1.57 inches) and cut 6 squares, one square for each side of the cube (or more if you are doing multiple cubes).

Step 3: Origami Magic

Now fold your squares into the parts to assemble the cube.
Don't worry if you don't know how, I added a video on that subject.


You can do it like this but make sure that you glue the sides together so it won't fall apart when you throw. I used a different method as you can see from the pictures.

Step 4: Mid-step

If you folded everything right without a few steps, you should be here.

Step 5: Assemble the Cube

If you followed the video you should have a cube (make sure to glue it).
If u followed the pictures you should assemble the cube.

Step 6: Marking Sides

Now you should mark the sides (it's not a dice without the numbers).
Take the marker and mark opposite sides this way 1-6, 3-4, 2-5.
2 goes on the right of 1, turn the dice so 1 is facing you and the first right side to the 1 is 2.

And "viola" there is your dice.

Step 7: Optional

You can put a little (or more) plastic with your hot glue gun in each cube to make it a little more durable and heavier.
There is a small opening where the sides meet (at least it was here with my cubes). Take the scissors and widen it enough to fit the tip of the glue gun and press 3-4 times (should be enough). Then put the cube in the freezer for a few minutes and you should have a "ready to play" cube.

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    thegoom

    5 years ago on Introduction

    singular form of dice is die
    dice being the plural form
    since you would make more then one die the "a" in the title is obsolete
    therefore :"Make Dice From Paper"

    have an awesome day and keep posting instructables :)

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    Tricorvus

    6 years ago on Introduction

    My brother and his friends made a much less attractive version of this in Junior high in 1978. This is a lovely, modern update. I'm telling him about this. And the comment from JesusFreke about how they're weighted to roll fairly. Of course, to be perfectly fair, with the tools they had at hand at the time, they did a real good job. Remember paper footballs, anyone else?

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    GoodhartTricorvus

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I remember paper footballs (triangular in shape) but they weren't around until after I was already in highschool :-)

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    codongolev

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I think you'll find an added bonus of these dice is that they can transform into roses. look up "magic rose box" on instructables.

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    boyoungssi

    6 years ago on Step 3

    HI^^ I really like the video! it makes me more understand how to make it! thanks for uploading!

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    JesusFreke

    6 years ago on Introduction

    It would be interesting if you did a set of.. say 100-200 rolls with each dice and kept track of the results, to see how even the roll distribution is (in other words, how "fair" or "ideal" the dice are). They almost certainly won't be as good as real dice, but I would be curious to see how far they are off.

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    Project 23JesusFreke

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    that would be a lot of work.... but i'll try to do it on some holiday or in free time because i dont have much time during the day, thanks for a project idea :)))

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    tgrace1Project 23

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    A simpler solution is to make 6 with a different number arrangement for each, if you randomly select which die you role then it negates any issues with bias.

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    JesusFreketgrace1

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Not necessarily. It would lessen the bias, but it wouldn't completely negate it. An ideal dice should have .16666 chance for each face. Let's say for example that we have 5 perfect dice and 1 flawed one, which has a .2 chance of getting a 6, and a .133333 chance of rolling a 1. Now, let's just look at a single face, let's say face 6. If you randomly choose one of the dice, you have 1/6 chance of choosing any particular dice. So you would take 1/6 times the chance of rolling a 6 for each die, and add them up - 5 * .166666/6 + .2/6 = .1722. Which is not the ideal .16666 that we want.

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    tgrace1JesusFreke

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    agreed, I should have clarified, to reasonable accuracy and due to design (as opposed to individual variations unique to each)

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    hexawing

    3 years ago

    Beautiful dice.

    If you fold the paper to the other side in step 4, you'll get a smooth surface without the gap. Then you can draw much more things on the dice.

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    acabrera7

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Ah yes, the original name is the RAY cube, which can be modified, into a more interesting cube!

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    wcghha

    6 years ago on Step 7

    lol,nice idea ~~ so next time i can make one if i cannot find a real dice,thx a lot~

    These were made in jr high in the 1980s when I was in school. They were like shown this trick by grandparents who were likely shown as kids. Nice indestructible though. Simple things that maybe somebody else does not know.