How to Build a Paper Beam

By Helana Bell ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • A4 paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Paper crafts are great uses of the imagination. What if you wanted to build a paper beam that would support a brick? It would seem outlandish, right? Without trial and error it won’t get accomplished, but there's one thing you can do to make the project at least functional -- and that’s establish a launch site.

Get a piece of paper. Any kind will do, as long as it's relatively standard in size.

Fold the paper several times into a “V” shape. You need this shape because it's going to support something on top of it.

Create more V-shaped pieces of paper, using Step 2. This might seem complex at first, but the pleated shape works well in due time. If you’re having trouble making a true V, make a rectangle and put two edges together.

Glue the corner edge, making two pieces of folded paper into what looks like a W from the bird’s-eye view.

Repeat the process in Step 4 several times until you have a row of these ready to go.

Cut pieces of paper to place on either side of the interior. This closes off the view of the Vs that are glued together and forms a full beam of sorts.

Tip

This beam is rudimentary at best. However, if done properly, you’ll be surprised that your beam can support a great deal of weight without being crushed. The interior structure is strengthened by the glue that has joined each edge into a full seam that's closed off, and weight is distributed across the top.

About the Author

Helana Bell writes for several online publications, including VOXX and Pinkvox. She is studying creative arts with the Open College of Arts.