Paper Cracker

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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...

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    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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    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!

    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!

    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!

    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!

    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!

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

    3 replies

    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.

    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!

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