Paper knives can be the perfect addition to your collection of paper objects. These knives are not only easy to make, but safe and won't hurt anyone – The worst thing that can happen is you'll get a cut. After you've made a paper knife, you can think about making a paper sword or other paper weapon. If you want to know how to make a paper knife, just follow these steps.
Step 1. Find a sheet of printing paper measuring 21.5 cm x 28 cm
Plain printer paper is fine. Notebook paper is too thin for this object.
Step 2. Fold the top right corner to the left edge of the paper
Fold it so that the top edge of the paper lines up with the left edge of the paper. The folded part will form a triangle, with the remaining rectangular part at the bottom. Make sure the two edges are in line and press your finger along the crease you made.
Step 3. Cut the rectangle shape from the bottom
Use the scissors to cut out the rectangle that is at the bottom of the paper. Unfold the triangle to reveal a square section of the paper. You will use this paper to make a knife blade.
Step 4. Fold the paper lengthwise at least 3-4 times
This method will create a blade that is at least 2.5-5 cm thick. The paper should now look like a stick.
Step 5. Cut a beveled edge at one end of the paper
Cut a beveled edge at one end of the paper that makes the paper look like a sharp kitchen knife.
Step 6. Secure the blades together with staples
Simply hold the blades together using staples in the center and top edge to secure them. You can even change the color of this staple to white if you want to hide it.
Step 7. Make the handles from the remaining paper
The handle should be about 2.5 cm longer than the slanted part of the blade. Measure and cut the excess paper from Step 3 to the appropriate length, then fold it to the desired width for your knife handle.
Step 8. Secure the blade and handle with staples
Cross the handle over the blade, about 5 cm from the flat end of the blade. Attach the two with staples at the point where the two halves intersect.
Step 9. Enjoy your paper knife
You can paint the knife silver, decorate it, or make more paper knives for your collection.
- The more you fold the paper, the stiffer the knife will be. A harder and stronger knife will last longer.
- Using tape instead of staples will make the knife look cleaner, but may not be as strong.