Crafting Fun How to Make a Paper Popper

how to make paper popper


Remember those playful days in school when a simple folded piece of paper could turn into hours of amusement? One of the classic creations that never lost its charm is the paper popper. This small and innocuous origami device can produce a surprisingly loud “pop” when deployed correctly. In this article, we’ll take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and learn how to make a paper popper in just a few simple steps. So, grab a sheet of paper and get ready to bring back some childhood fun!

Materials Needed

Before we dive into the crafting process, let’s gather the materials we need

  • A square sheet of paper (any size will do, but 5×5 inches is ideal)
  • A flat surface to work on.
  • A willingness to embrace nostalgia and share the joy with others.

Folding the Paper 

  • Start with your square sheet of paper and place it in front of you, so it resembles a diamond shape, with one corner pointing toward you.
  • Fold the paper diagonally in half, bringing the top corner down to meet the bottom corner. Crease the fold well and unfold the paper.
  • Now, fold the paper diagonally in the opposite direction, bringing the left corner to meet the right corner. Crease it well and unfold again.

Creating the Triangle 

  • Flip the paper over so that the folded side faces down.
  • Fold the paper in half horizontally, bringing the top edge down to align with the bottom edge. This will create a long, skinny rectangle.
  • Unfold the paper again.

Popping the Popper 

  • With the paper still in the horizontal rectangle position, fold it in half lengthwise once more, aligning the top edge with the bottom edge.
  • Gently insert your thumb and index finger into the open end of the folded paper, holding it with your thumb on top and your index finger on the bottom.
  • Now, use your other hand to pinch the sides of the folded paper together at the halfway point, forming a triangular shape.
  • Hold the paper firmly but not too tightly; you don’t want to restrict the “pop.”
  • Finally, flick your wrist outward, releasing the tension in the paper, and let go. The paper popper should make a satisfying “pop” sound.

Safety Considerations 

While making and playing with paper poppers is generally safe and fun, remember to exercise caution. Avoid aiming them at anyone’s face or ears to prevent discomfort or harm. Additionally, be mindful of the noise level, especially in quiet or public spaces, to ensure you don’t disturb others.


Is a paper popper loud?

The sound is described as the crack of a whip, which is an example of breaking the sound barrier, although the causes are different. Most papers work for poppers, although some are louder and some are quieter than others. Using bigger paper makes it louder and book paper also makes it louder.

What makes a popper?

Poppers contain amyl nitrite and butyl nitrite. Amyl nitrite is an inhalable medication used to treat chest pain. Unlike other types of inhalants that cause a rapid, intense, and short-lived “high,” poppers are mainly used as sexual enhancers.


In a world filled with high-tech gadgets and digital distractions, it’s refreshing to revisit the simple joys of childhood. Making a paper popper is not only a quick and easy craft but also a delightful way to connect with your inner child and share laughter with friends and family. So, the next time you’re looking for a dose of nostalgia and fun, reach for a piece of paper and create your own popper. It’s a small, folded reminder that happiness can be found in the simplest of things. Enjoy the pop!

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