How to Make a Paper Hornet

Two Methods:Standard MethodAlternate Paper Saving Method

Do you like to shoot stuff, but you don't want to use a weapon for it? If you do, these easy steps will show you how! You can really shoot it 15–20 feet (4.6–6.1 m)! Commonly called hornets or wasps, these little buggers are fun to use in the classroom when you are bored and the teacher isn't looking.

Method 1
Standard Method

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    Cut a 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide by 11 inch (27.9 cm) long strip of paper (A4 length). This is what you will be shooting with a rubber band.
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    Fold it in thirds lengthwise.
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    Fold the paper every 1/4 or so inches (the ruled lines on notebook paper are the perfect distance for this).
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    Fold the Hornet in half along it's width (perpendicular to the direction you just folded it) to form the groove which will sit on the rubber band.
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    Get a rubber band (the bigger the better).
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    Put the rubber band on the nails of your thumb and index or middle finger.
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    Place the paper on the rubber band making sure to grab both lengths of the band in the groove.
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    Pull back and make sure the palm of your hand is pointed up (or to the side).
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    Aim at whatever you're shooting, and let go!

Method 2
Alternate Paper Saving Method

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    Tear just one piece of paper 1 inch (2.5 cm) by 7 inches (17.8 cm).
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    'Fold it in half. You should have a 1 inch (2.5 cm) by 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) in of paper.
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    Roll it up as tightly as possible. You should now have a 1 inch (2.5 cm) tall piece of tightly rolled paper
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    Bend it in half. It is now ready for shooting.

Tips

  • If your Hornet is so tight that you can't make the last fold properly, then you know you have a really dangerous one on your hands.
  • Don't worry if your Hornet looks tiny, it will hurt a lot more!
  • You can also use other material like cardboard or magazines for greater impact.
  • If you fold it tighter, it will shoot farther and much faster.
  • Also, for more fun, staple the ends!
  • It can be wider than one inch. The wider - the larger.
  • When you make your Paper Hornet, try to use recycled paper. It's much better for the environment.
  • Use a longer rubber band, as it can be pulled further.

Warnings

  • Don't shoot it at animals. This is cruel.
  • Don't shoot yourself! If you accidentally do that and it hurts, put ice on it.
  • Don't shoot it at people. They will fight back.

Things You'll Need

  • A rubber band
  • Sticky notes or a small piece of paper
  • Stapler (optional)
  • scissors

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Categories: Paper Games | Toy Weaponry