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You can do some pretty incredible things with a piece of paper. Today I have some paper tricks that are magical, really! You can amaze your friends and family.
I have 6 paper magic tricks to show you, and each one is pretty great. My kids were impressed! I love that all you need is some paper, scissors a ruler, a pencil, and some tape. I am pretty sure you probably have all of those things on hand, yes?
WATCH How to Do These Paper Tricks:
1. Paper Trick #1: Cut a Hole Through a Paper That You Can Step Through!
For this paper trick, start by folding a piece of paper in half lengthwise. Then draw lines on the paper like the image below.
Cut along the lines, but make sure you are leaving a small bit uncut at the end of each line.
Once all of the lines are cut back and forth, you are going to cut through the fold, making sure to leave the last two edges of the fold un-cut.
When you open it up, it will have a large opening that you can actually step through!
2. Trick #2: Make a Mobius Strip
A Mobius Strip is a band of paper that has only one side. It is a paper trick created by a couple of German mathematicians in the 1800’s. You can easily make one by cutting a strip of paper about 1 and a half inches wide.
Then take one end of the paper and twist it once. Connect it to the other end and tape it.
That is cool all on it’s own. But we are going to make it cooler! Take a pencil and draw a line through the center of the strip. You will end up going all the way around and back to the starting point. Now, Cut through the center line and see what happens! When you finish cutting you will end up with an even larger loop!
3. Paper Trick #3: From a Double Twist to a Double Ring
For the next paper trick, we will start just like the previous one. Take a strip of paper, but this time twist it twice. Tape it and cut through the center just like you did last time.
Now when you cut it apart you will end up with two rings connected! Amazing, right?!
4. Trick #4: From Triple Twist to Triple Loop
This trick also starts like the Mobius Strip. Use a strip of paper 1 1/2 inches wide. Twist it three times and tape the ends together. Draw a line through the center again and cut through the whole center of the strip.
When you open it up you will have a triple twisted loop!
5. Paper Trick #5: Make an Interlocked Small and Large Paper Loop
Once more this paper trick starts with a Mobius Strip. Twist it only once. However, when you draw the line through the center this time, you will do it a little differently.
Divide it into thirds and start on one side to draw the line all the way around. Then cut it the same way as the others following one line all around the loop.
This time when you open it up it will be a double loop, but one will be bigger than the other!
6. Trick #6: Turn Two Paper Rings Into a Square
For the final paper trick, you will need two strips of paper. Tape them both into a loop, one inside of the other, without twisting them. Draw a line around both of them and tape them together as pictured below.
Cut around both circles following the lines. When you finish and open it up you will have a large square!
Watch the video of these Paper Trick on YouTube:
Check out some of the other fun paper activities and posts I have on my site:
Engineering: Make Paper Hold Up Books- This one is a pretty amazing paper trick, too!
Also check out this paper trick that makes a five pointed star with just one cut!