I love when something neat forms out of something simple, like ice cubes from freezing water, or babies from sex. The latest viral video racking up the views is simple too: making hexaflexagons from paper. What is a hexaflexagon, you ask? Well, I could tell you, but then you’d have to use your imagination to visualize it. And that is what is so great about the Internet: It showcases other people’s creative imaginations so you don’t have to develop one of your own! Instead, watch this video that will not only teach you how to make a hexaflexagon, but it will introduce you to what sounds like the friendliest (and most color-savvy) girl who ever lived. Bryant Tuckerman would be smart to get with her.
This video got me thinking about papercraft though and all of the badass things that people (not me personally, but other people, with some of those creative imaginations I talked about) can do with paper. So I went looking for videos. Watch them all, I think you will be impressed.
This next video kinda creeps me out, but as this is an article about paper tricks, this one certainly qualifies. Just listening to the guy’s voice while looking at his star tattoo and crucifix ring would be reason enough to watch this video — I feel like doing some cross-referencing with “America’s Most Wanted.” I gotta admit though, the guy’s got a way with paper.
If you’re talking paper creations, it would be a shame not to include a tutorial on making the worlds best paper airplane! How do I know it’s the world’s best paper airplane? Because this guy literally titles his video “How To Build the World’s Best Paper Airplane.” His video is boring as shit, but it’s got over 6 million views, so what the hell do I know?
This video signifies the next level of papercraft. This is a phase we should term, paperinsanity. Displaying a paper gun to Drowning Pool’s “All Over Me,” this weapon (he claims it is a Desert Eagle, but many of the paper gun purists who comment scream that it isn’t) has a rackable slide mechanism and a removeable magazine to load with paper bullets. Sure, it looks cool, but this sort of paper skill comes with a cost. Perhaps he can rob a paper 7-11 while his classmates are all at their prom?
Here is another example of people with too much time on their hands. Variations on dollar bill folding have been around for years (I remember when I was little, a guy tried to get me to go with him in his folded-dollar-bill van), but this trick is the coolest. Bonus points are added because this guy is friendly. Imagine if you coupled this dollar bill pinky ring with that paper Desert Eagle from above — you would be a straight up paper pimp. Stay up, paper playa.