Make Dice From Paper
Introduction: Make Dice From Paper
Here's a simple and nerve braking tutorial on how to make your own dice from paper. Good luck.
Step 1: Gathering Materials
All you'll need for making your own dice is: - paper; - scissors; - origami skills; - hot glue gun (optional); - marker.
Step 2: Cutting the Paper
Take the paper and measure 4x4 centimeters squares (4 cm = 1.57 inches) and cut 6 squares, one square for each side of the cube (or more if you are doing multiple cubes).
Step 3: Origami Magic
Step 4: Mid-step
If you folded everything right without a few steps, you should be here.
Step 5: Assemble the Cube
If you followed the video you should have a cube (make sure to glue it). If u followed the pictures you should assemble the cube.
Step 6: Marking Sides
Now you should mark the sides (it's not a dice without the numbers). Take the marker and mark opposite sides this way 1-6, 3-4, 2-5. 2 goes on the right of 1, turn the dice so 1 is facing you and the first right side to the 1 is 2. And "viola" there is your dice.
Step 7: Optional
You can put a little (or more) plastic with your hot glue gun in each cube to make it a little more durable and heavier. There is a small opening where the sides meet (at least it was here with my cubes). Take the scissors and widen it enough to fit the tip of the glue gun and press 3-4 times (should be enough). Then put the cube in the freezer for a few minutes and you should have a "ready to play" cube.
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10 years ago on Introduction
singular form of dice is die dice being the plural form since you would make more then one die the "a" in the title is obsolete therefore :"Make Dice From Paper" have an awesome day and keep posting instructables :)
11 years ago on Introduction
My brother and his friends made a much less attractive version of this in Junior high in 1978. This is a lovely, modern update. I'm telling him about this. And the comment from JesusFreke about how they're weighted to roll fairly. Of course, to be perfectly fair, with the tools they had at hand at the time, they did a real good job. Remember paper footballs, anyone else?
Reply 11 years ago on Introduction
Yeah, I remember paper footballs (triangular in shape) but they weren't around until after I was already in highschool :-)
I think you'll find an added bonus of these dice is that they can transform into roses. look up "magic rose box" on instructables.
11 years ago on Step 3
HI^^ I really like the video! it makes me more understand how to make it! thanks for uploading!
It would be interesting if you did a set of.. say 100-200 rolls with each dice and kept track of the results, to see how even the roll distribution is (in other words, how "fair" or "ideal" the dice are). They almost certainly won't be as good as real dice, but I would be curious to see how far they are off.
that would be a lot of work.... but i'll try to do it on some holiday or in free time because i dont have much time during the day, thanks for a project idea :)))
A simpler solution is to make 6 with a different number arrangement for each, if you randomly select which die you role then it negates any issues with bias.
Not necessarily. It would lessen the bias, but it wouldn't completely negate it. An ideal dice should have .16666 chance for each face. Let's say for example that we have 5 perfect dice and 1 flawed one, which has a .2 chance of getting a 6, and a .133333 chance of rolling a 1. Now, let's just look at a single face, let's say face 6. If you randomly choose one of the dice, you have 1/6 chance of choosing any particular dice. So you would take 1/6 times the chance of rolling a 6 for each die, and add them up - 5 * .166666/6 + .2/6 = .1722. Which is not the ideal .16666 that we want.
agreed, I should have clarified, to reasonable accuracy and due to design (as opposed to individual variations unique to each)
Ah yes, the original name is the RAY cube, which can be modified, into a more interesting cube!
11 years ago on Step 7
So, is this based off Valerie Vann's magic rose cube?
These were made in jr high in the 1980s when I was in school. They were like shown this trick by grandparents who were likely shown as kids. Nice indestructible though. Simple things that maybe somebody else does not know.
This is really cool!
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Make your own dice out of paper to use for games and for practicing children's early math skills. A printable cube template is included for easy crafting.
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- A4 or Letter size cardstock
- Colored markers or small stickers
1 Print out the template.
Print out either of these cube templates on A4 or Letter size cardstock.
- Template 1 - print out two copies to make a pair of 2¼" dice.
- Template 2 - print out one copy to make a pair of 1½" dice.
Cut out the cube templates.
3 Fold along the inside lines.
Fold each cube template along the inside lines.
4 Draw dots.
The die's 6 faces show a different number of dots from 1 to 6. You can draw dots or make other fun shapes like small flowers, stars, hearts, or smiley faces.
If you are keen on following a real die's positioning of these dots, follow the positions as shown in the photo. When assembled into a cube, you will notice that opposite faces of the die add up to 7.
5 Put glue on one tab.
Apply glue on one of the tabs.
6 Glue the tab.
Glue the tab behind the adjacent face.
7 Assemble the cube.
Glue the rest of the faces together along the tabs following Steps 5 and 6 to form a cube.
8 Make a pair of dice.
Make a pair of dice to use for games or simply use them to practice counting and basic addition.
Create colorful dice.
Print out the cube template on colored cardstock to come up with brightly-colored dice.
Instead of drawing shapes on the dice, you can glue small paper shapes or put small stickers on the faces of the dice.
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Printable Dice Template (How to Make Paper Dice)
Published: Nov 19, 2022 by Molly · This post may contain affiliate links.
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This printable dice template lets you make dice to play your favorite games even if you don't have any real dice on hand. Here we'll show step by step you how to make a paper dice.
We have lots of fun printable roll a dice games here on our site, but realized that you may not have a pair of real dice on hand.
So we came up with a quick and easy solution. Printable dice! Our dice template makes it super easy to grab, print and fold your dice in only a few minutes.
Leaving you lots of time to play your favorite games.
These will come in handy for all sorts of fun printable activities.
We even include a blank dice template so you can create your own custom dice if have something creative in mind.
The Printable Paper Dice Templates
We have six different dice templates so that you can find just the right one for your needs.
We have larger printable dice that measure about 2 inches wide when assembled.
The first one is a printer friendly black and white version.
And since my kids love ALL things rainbows, we created a fun bright colorful template as well.
And if you're feeling extra creative, we have a blank dice printable template so that you can fill the spaces with any type of shapes or designs you like or need.
This one is good for printing on colored paper and adding white punch-out holes or stickers to it. Kids will love creating their own custom dice to play with.
The blank ones are also great for creating your own dice game with, or creating fun math games.
And if you need a smaller printable paper dice template we have these ones, that measure to 1.2-inch cube when assembled.
They're just smaller versions of the three larger templates above.
How to Make Paper Dice
First, grab and print out the dice template. You'll find it at the end of this tutorial.
You'll also need either tape or craft glue to hold the cube shape together.
You can choose from one of the three templates that we provide.
The PDF file will come with all 6 dice in one file. So I suggest when printing, select the actual page number of the one you want and just print that one out.
It'll save you paper and ink.
Then cut the template out around the solid lines. Don't cut through the dotted areas.
You'll end up with a shape like this.
The fold the tabs on the dotted lines one a flat surface to make sure you create a nice sharp fold.
Then start folding the shape up to make a cube. Here's a step by step video to assemble the paper dice from Just the Art Teacher.
For more durable paper dice, I recommend using cardstock to print out your templates. This will make for a sturdier cube shape and they will last much longer.
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This is for personal or classroom use only, please. Not for commercial use. Thank you!
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November 22, 2022 at 4:15 pm
How do I get the 3 dice? I don't see the link to get them?
November 23, 2022 at 12:46 am
You can grab them by putting your email in the pink box above. It wasn't working right a bit ago but we fixed the problem. Sorry about that!
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Take the paper and measure 4x4 centimeters squares (4 cm = 1.57 inches) and cut 6 squares, one square for each side of the cube (or more if you are doing multiple cubes). Ask Question Comment Step 3: Origami Magic 9 More Images Now fold your squares into the parts to assemble the cube.
STEPS 1 Print out the template. Print out either of these cube templates on A4 or Letter size cardstock. Template 1 - print out two copies to make a pair of 2¼" dice. Template 2 - print out one copy to make a pair of 1½" dice. 2 Cut out. Cut out the cube templates. 3 Fold along the inside lines. Fold each cube template along the inside lines.
How to Make Paper Dice. First, grab and print out the dice template. You'll find it at the end of this tutorial. You'll also need either tape or craft glue to hold the cube shape together. You can choose from one of the three templates that we provide. The PDF file will come with all 6 dice in one file. So I suggest when printing, select the ...