How to Make a Paper Tower Without Tape

Introduction:

Paper towels are a classic fairytale and optical illusion. You can’t stand up a paper towel on one sheet of paper, but they do look like they could be built out to an excellent height if you just added the next layer.

Paper Towers seem simple enough to most people, but everyone has struggled to make a tall one at some point in their lives because they aren’t designed as well as we’d like them to be. This may have been your experience. In this article, I will discuss how to make a paper tower without tape. So let’s get started.

How to Make a Paper Tower Without Tape

Stepwise Guide on How to Make a Paper Tower Without Tape:

Step 1:

First of all, fold your paper in half vertically.

Step 2:

Now, crease the paper into two halves vertically.

Step 3:

Then, take one folded edge and bring it to the center by making a diagonal cut on both sides. Do not divide your sheet of paper equally; instead, make sure you keep a little distance from each corner to make space for your tower later.  That is why we did not divide our sheet of paper equally in step 2 also because if you divide your sheet of paper equally, there will be too much space between the corners when you bring them together, as mentioned above.

Step 4:

Now, open your sheet back again with the help of your hands or by a simple cut.

Step 5:

Now, fold the bottom edge of your sheet to reach the center upward. This is just an optional step you can skip if you want, but it will help make your tower stronger and keep them together for longer periods of time. Just make sure that all the corners stick out from the inside before continuing because we will be using those corners soon.

Step 6:

Now, take one corner (not necessarily on the top) and bring it to meet another side with a diagonal cut. After bringing both of the edges together, flatten your paper out again once again, along with keeping all other four sides standing up from inside and not flat against each other.

Step 7:

Now repeat step 6 with all the other 3 corners also. Your paper tower is now ready, and you have to fold it upward.

Step 8:

Fold your tower up in an upward manner without making any cut or crease into it.

Step 9:

Now, bring your two folded edges together by making a diagonal cut on both sides, for bringing them together into a single top point of your tower which we will again be folding towards ourselves later on. Just like when we made our first diagonal cut (in step 3), do not divide your sheet of paper equally, rather make sure that you keep a little distance from each corner to make space for your tower later because this is the reason why we did not divide our sheet of paper equally in step 2 also.

StepWise Guide

Step 10:

Now, you have to open the two folded edges diagonally back again, keeping a little distance from each corner to make space for your tower later on, just as we did when making our first flat cut into our sheet of paper in step 3 and 7 also.

This is the reason that we did not fold it completely flat into a single point as described above (in step 9) because if we would have done this, then there will be no space available between the corners when opening up to keep enough room for your tower to stand intact.

Step 11:

Now, finally, bring all four corners together and flatten them out towards yourself, forming a triangular shape. All you have to do now is bring the two folded edges together just as we did in steps 8 and 10 by making a diagonal cut on both sides to bring them together into a single top point of your tower. We will again be folding towards ourselves later on.

Step 12:

Now, open your sheet back again with the help of your hands or by a simple cut so that all four corners are sticking out from inside when you finish.

Step 13: 

Now, fold the bottom edge of your sheet to reach the center upward. This is just an optional step you can skip if you want, but it will help make your tower stronger and keep them together for longer periods of time. Just make sure that all the corners stick out from the inside before continuing because we will be using those corners soon.

Step 14:

Now, take one corner (not necessarily on the top) and bring it to meet another side with a diagonal cut. After bringing both of the edges together, flatten your paper out again once again, along with keeping all other four sides standing up from inside and not flat against each other.

Step 15:

Now repeat step 14 with all the other 3 corners also. Your paper tower is now ready, and you just have to fold it upward.

Precautions While Making a Paper Tower Without Tape:

1. Because paper is sensitive material, it can easily tear and break while making a tower without tape or other support. Therefore, one should exercise extreme care while making such a tower.

2.It is strictly advised not to make the tower in an upward direction as doing so may cause injury to the eyes as towers made without tape are very high. The students might lose their sight for some time after coming in contact with such high towers of papers.

3.While making such a tower, we should also be vigilant due to the risk of paper cutting through our fingers while handling it because damaged papers have more chances of getting torn apart during folding if compared with good ones which are smooth and clean enough not to tear through our fingers easily.  

making such a tower

4.We should also be careful not to make the paper tower too wide lest it might fall on us due to its weight which gets heavier with an increase in the size of the paper tower without tape being made due to layers of paper one atop another in a tower shape.

5.A cautionary note is also necessary for students interested in making such towers safely, as they may try to make them from large-sized pieces of paper instead of accumulating small pieces and joining them together, as it will definitely cause friction against each other and tear apart.

Conclusion:

I hope this article has been beneficial for learning how to make a paper tower without tape. Thank you and have a nice day!

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