How To Make A Paper Football

Knowing how to make a paper football is a standard of school cafeterias, and a fun game to play.  It is generally rather easy to make a paper football, as long as you make sure that you perform each fold of the paper carefully.  Being a little bit off at the beginning will make the later steps more difficult.  Once you know the steps, all you need to make a paper football is a standard piece of 8.5" by 11" paper.

Here are the steps:

  1. Fold the paper lengthwise twice.  This should result in a long rectangular strip of paper.  Place this strip in front of you so that the one of the long sides of the rectangle is pointing towards you.
  2. Fold the top right corner towards the side closest to you.  The result should be that the strip is no longer rectangular since the right side of it will now end with a triangular point.  To make a paper football well it is important to make sure that the corners are sharp, so be careful to perform this step very precisely.
  3. Fold that entire triangular point to the left so that it is laying on top of the remaining paper.  At this point, the paper should be a narrow rectangle again, although it won't be quite as long as before.  Now, fold the bottom left corner towards the side of the paper furthest from you.  The paper should once again end with a triangular point, although the triangular point should now consist of more layers of paper than it did before.  Fold that triangular point to the left again.
  4. Repeat this process until all of the paper has become a part of the triangle except for a small rectangular tab at the end.  The triangle will now consist of many layers of paper. 
  5. Simply fold the rectangular tab in between some of those layers and the paper football is complete.  If you've been careful to make sure that each fold is precise then this last step should be rather easy.

Now, hut, hut, hike!

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