How to Make a Paper Ring

    by Matthew Fortuna

    About the Author

    Matthew Fortuna is a full-time freelance writer with a journalism degree from Wayne State University, living in the Detroit metropolitan area. He has written about a wide range of topics across varying publications, including Demand Studios, and, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University.


    A popular paper craft for children throughout middle and high school, or a way to impress friends and family members, a paper ring is a fun and interesting accessory. The rings can be folded from plain or decorated paper, or can be made from a paper dollar. Once folded, you can slip the paper ring right onto your finger. If you use thick paper and avoid water while wearing the ring, it will be good for more than one use.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paper
    • Ruler
    • Scissors

    Measure and cut a 6-inch by 2 3/4-inch rectangle piece of paper.

    Place the paper on your table with the front side of the paper down and make a 1/8-inch fold on both the top and the bottom (the 6-inch sides). Fold these down on top of the back of your paper, facing you.

    Fold the paper in half lengthwise once, hiding your two folds from Step 1, and then fold this next piece in half lengthwise again.

    Choose one side of your new paper strip for the top of the ring and fold 1/8 inch of the paper under your strip.

    Place the folded paper in front of you with your fold from Step 4 on your left hand side. The fold should be pointing into the air, not under the paper on the table.

    Pick up the strip and roll it around your wrist or finger to give it a curved shape and return it to the position you had it in after Step 5.

    Fold the right side of the paper away from you, toward the top of the paper, while the other side remains on the table. Fold the right half up so that it makes a 90-degree angle with the left side, and looks like a backwards "L" shape lying on your table.

    Fold the vertical piece of the L back down onto the horizontal piece, creasing it in the middle. Then repeat the folding process beginning with Step 7 until the only length left on your paper is the small square you folded on the left side earlier.

    Fold your small piece into a ring shape and tuck the other end into the small square that you folded on the left side to complete the ring shape. You can now put the ring on your finger, with the folded square on the knuckle side of your finger.

    • Cut paper strategically so that the ring has a motif, face or numeral in the center.

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