How to fold a paper cracker

This guide shows how to fold a simple cracker out of a paper sheet in six simple steps. To get most “bang for the bucks”, use a thin paper sheet, such as from a news paper.

To be honest, I actually created this article most because I wanted to draw the folding pictures. ;-)

Folding steps

Step 1

Place the paper sheet in front of you, with one long side towards yourself. It doesn’t matter which side is up.

Step 2

Fold it at the middle, so that the two long sides come together. Then fold it back.

Again, fold it at the middle, but this time so that the two short sides come together. Then fold it back.


Please note that the paper now should look like this.

Step 3

Now, take each corner and fold it towards the middle of the page. Make sure that the side on the short side of the paper is aligned to the middle fold that is parallel to the long sides.

Step 4

Now, again fold it a the middle so that the former long sides come together, but this time, keep it folded.

Step 5

Take the two sharp edges and fold them to where the third edge would have been, if the paper had been square.

Step 6

Finally, fold the paper in middle at the seam between the two “wings”, where it is already folded.

How to use

Now, the paper cracker is finished!

Grab the two “wings” (the red dots on the images below) and hold the cracker in front of you.

Raise your hand and then pull it down fast. The cracker will expand, and sound “bang”. Simply put the expanded part back again to do it again.

That wasn’t too hard, was it? ;-)

44 Responses

  1. i just made 1

    connor - November 16th, 2006 at 02:29
  2. Great tip. Thanks.

    Avani - January 31st, 2007 at 09:39
  3. it is heaps easy

    maddi - February 22nd, 2007 at 07:10
  4. i just made it : ) , thanks for the tip ;)

    brainless :) - February 22nd, 2007 at 23:38
  5. Bang Bang Bang It doesn’t work!

    bang - March 3rd, 2007 at 03:30
  6. Leave a reply: Cracky crack crack!!!

    Leave a reply - March 10th, 2007 at 00:09
  7. dis is horse piss blud , u gettin barave over a craker, 2 bullets 2 ya head !

    2pac - March 26th, 2007 at 15:59
  8. Wow, could someone please give the above poster the “I spell like a spam-bot” award? :-)

    Henrik Jernevad - March 26th, 2007 at 21:35
  9. <pointless rudeness removed> i can make a quicker one and its louder… step 1:fold in half long way step2:fold in half short way step3:lift up 2 center pieces step5:pull down

    justin - April 13th, 2007 at 02:32
  10. That was okay but not very loud.

    Rachel - April 29th, 2007 at 02:34
  11. Wow I remeber these from being a little girl. Infact I once entered a competition with a famous crisp company. The winning entry won a chopper bike. I received confirmation that I’d won and was convinced a chopper would be on its way to me. I got a runner up price which was a cracker snap. I’m sure I had fun with it, after I got over the disappointment of not getting the chopper. I’ve never eaten the said crisps since.

    jayne - May 30th, 2007 at 19:52
  12. wow that was so easy i did it i did it now i can show it off at skol

    evie - June 24th, 2007 at 17:26
  13. wow is this cccrrrrrrraaaaaaappppppyyyyy i tried to scare some1 and they laughed and laughed

    BLACKYCHAN - August 17th, 2007 at 14:44

    GREENBAG - September 11th, 2007 at 01:31
  15. The BANG part is hard, but the folding is easy.

    tostito - December 2nd, 2007 at 22:03
  16. these things are so cool i will have to show all my friends how to make them

    chloe - December 7th, 2007 at 09:06
  17. that is so crappppppy i can just buy a bon bon and make better and louder noices

    jayden kingi - December 7th, 2007 at 11:59
  18. This works a hell of a lot better with a huge sheet of A1 paper. I made my teacher shit herself. <removed irrelevant comment>

    Ryzeger - January 6th, 2008 at 03:41
  19. ………I can’t do it!!!! help!

    Steve - February 15th, 2008 at 16:22
  20. Ummmmm…. I can’t do it, I think the paper needs to be a square, because when it’s a square it works! And, like Ryzeger said, it’s better with an A1 paper, which is a square

    ME - June 24th, 2008 at 18:44
  21. i dont get 6

    Billybobjoe - November 15th, 2008 at 06:45
  22. what,s this i like the most

    sanchar dixit - September 15th, 2009 at 11:30
  23. it works amazingly. I like it alot

    cool5678 - November 8th, 2009 at 15:50
  24. it does not work for me some resion. the paper you drew was crocked. it was very confusing.

    reese99 - January 20th, 2010 at 14:40
  25. Wow i loved it and i made lots of paper crackers!

    fabian - November 22nd, 2010 at 07:12
  26. awesome to teach my kids an ecofriendly way of enjoying

    urmi - January 31st, 2011 at 06:45
  27. Mad rad guys!!!!!!!

    bad.boy - February 4th, 2011 at 00:05
  28. Thanks i have been trying to remember it for about 4 monuth. Had a lot of fun in grade school with the paper pop gun, shared it with a little friend of minds he love it

    thanks again

    robert jenkins - March 31st, 2011 at 20:31
  29. i made bigger 1 called mega bang

    DA ZONE - October 9th, 2011 at 11:34
  30. what a rubbish cracker……

    fari - November 23rd, 2011 at 19:13
  31. it has wasted my 1million dollar paper….

    fari - November 23rd, 2011 at 19:14
  32. impossible instructions!!!!!!!!!!! i can’t figure it out!:(

    randin - November 27th, 2011 at 18:38
  33. Thanks it makes bang sound very loud

    Salman Azam - September 2nd, 2012 at 03:48
  34. Wow i loved it and i made lots of paper crackers

    khushi - November 13th, 2012 at 11:10
  35. i made lots of paper crackers

    khushi - November 13th, 2012 at 11:11
  36. Crackers are louder when their get bigger paper

    Khushi - December 6th, 2012 at 20:08
  37. If I were you i’d make a new shape for crackers

    Khushi - December 6th, 2012 at 20:13
  38. Cant di the bang bit my paper keeps ripping

    Missi - December 30th, 2012 at 03:41
  39. made one

    ly - October 9th, 2013 at 23:17
  40. Forget your A-type paper. Centre pages of the SUN newspaper is a tremendous cracker which I use to keep the pigeons off the washing line. Works every time, and newspaper is stronger than you think. I kid you not…..

    Ronnie - June 22nd, 2015 at 15:34
  41. Forget your A paper sizes. A perfect cracker with centre pages of the Sun newspaper and it is stronger than you think. No sh…..

    Ronnie - June 22nd, 2015 at 15:39
  42. Centre pages of the Sun Newspaper loud crack and stronger than you think..

    r.stapleton - June 22nd, 2015 at 15:48
  43. I did it first time right!

    Deepali Deshpande - October 29th, 2015 at 04:18
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