Rip Paper in a Striaght Line




Introduction: Rip Paper in a Striaght Line

We've all been in a situation without scissors and end up ripping a zigzag line of paper. This happens all the time in forums you have to fill out. This instructable aims to eliminate the problem by teaching you to rip paper in a straight line. I'm not claiming this is my idea, many people have thought of it before me and it's a trick I've learned from my parents.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Folding

First fold along the line you would like to rip and crease hard.

Step 2: Preparing the Crease

Now, use your nail and run it along the fold line while squeezing. Fold the paper the other way and repeat.

Step 3: Ripping

Unfold the paper and use two hands to pull it apart (do not rip it side ways).

Congratulations, you now have a straight rip that is probably straighter than you can cut with scissors (without a paper cutter and if you did it right)

Be the First to Share


    • Heart Contest

      Heart Contest
    • Fiber Arts Contest

      Fiber Arts Contest
    • Paper Contest

      Paper Contest

    3 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Splitting it with a ruler (like a blunt knife) also helps. L

    Licking the fold, or applying some sort of liquid to the it will help it tear more easily.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you very much for this great instructable!