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How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: May 30, 2023
How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard

Cylinders are one of the most commonly encountered three-dimensional shapes in our everyday lives. They are used in everything from cans of soda to rolls of coins, and even in buildings like smokestacks and columns. Making your own paper or cardboard cylinder is not only a fun craft activity, but it can also be a useful way to store items or create decorations for your home.

In this oneHOWTO article, we will show you how to create a cylinder out of paper or cardboard, using materials that are readily available at home.

You'll need:
  • Paper Template
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper, cardboard or poster board
Steps to follow:
1

To create a cylinder, you can use paper, cardboard, or poster board. Simply copy this template onto your chosen material and follow the instructions to assemble the cylinder.

How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard - Step 1
2

To get started, use a pair of scissors to cut out the template for the cylinder.

How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard - Step 2
3

Next, fold along all the lines on the template. Before gluing the pieces together, it's a good idea to try assembling the cylinder to ensure you know where each piece goes. This will help you avoid any mistakes and make sure the finished product looks the way you want it to.

How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard - Step 3
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After making sure where each piece goes, it's time to glue them together. Put glue on the long flap and then fold the template to form a tube shape. This will connect both ends of the cylinder, giving it a sturdy structure.

How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard - Step 4
5

Great job! You're almost done creating your cylinder. The next step is to attach one of the circular bases. To do this, apply glue to the small triangular pieces on the template and use them to paste one of the bases onto the end of the cylinder.

How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard - Step 5
6

To make sure the base is securely attached, use a pen or marker to press down on the triangular pieces. This will help them stick well and prevent the base from coming loose.

How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard - Step 6
7

To complete the cylinder, apply glue onto the remaining triangles and attach them to the opposite base of the cylinder. Gently rotate the cylinder and apply slight pressure to ensure better adhesion. Congratulations, your cylinder is now complete!

How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard - Step 7
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At oneHOWTO, we've got more than just cylinders covered! Learn how to shape things up with our tutorials on pyramids, cubes, and even cones!

If you want to read similar articles to How to Make a Cylinder With Paper or Cardboard, we recommend you visit our Art & handicraft category.

Tips
  • If you're not good at drawing, copy the image of the template and paste it into a Word document. Make it as large as you'd like and then print it.
  • You can make your cylinder with a coloured poster board if you like. Choose the colour you like most!
  • It's recommended that before you start gluing, try to assemble the cylinder to see if everything fits together. If the proportions are correct and it fits together, you can start putting glue on each triangle and pasting it. Do this on the rest of the triangles.

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