How to Make Paper in Minecraft

Enchanting Table paper

Paper in Minecraft is an important item made out of sugar cane which can be used to make several useful items including maps, books, banners, and fireworks.  

Paper can be traded with librarians and cartographer villagers for an emerald or found within stronghold library chests and shipwreck chests.

It can also be used with an anvil to repair maps.

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Platform Information

Paper is supported on all platforms and all versions.

Platform Version Added Supported?
Java (PC/Mac) Yes
Pocket Edition Yes
Xbox 360 Yes
Xbox One Yes
PS3 Yes
PS4 Yes
Wii U Yes
Nintendo Switch Yes
Windows 10 Yes
Education Edition Yes

Finding Paper in Creative Mode

To get paper in creative mode, you simply need to look under the right menu. The menus have different names depending on the platform and the version.

Check the table below to find out where paper can be found in creative mode.

Platform Version Menu
Java (PC/Mac) 1.8-1.16.2 Miscellaneous
Pocket Edition 0.14.1 – 1.1.3

1.2 – 1.16.20

Miscellaneous

Items

Xbox 360 TU35 – TU69 Miscellaneous
Xbox One CU23 – CU43

1.2.5-1.16.20

Miscellaneous

Items

PS3 1.26 – 1.76 Miscellaneous
PS4 1.26 – 1.91

1.14.0 – 1.16.20

Miscellaneous

Items

Wii U Patch 3 – Patch 38 Miscellaneous
Nintendo Switch 1.04 – 1.11

1.5.0 – 1.16.20

Miscellaneous

Items

Windows 10 0.14.1 – 1.1.3

1.2 – 1.16.20

Miscellaneous

Items

Education Edition 1.0.21

1.0.21 – 1.14.31

Miscellaneous
Items

Making Paper in Survival Mode

Required Materials

To make paper you need one ingredient: Sugar Cane.

Sugar Cane can be found near bodies of water such as rivers and lakes.

How to Craft Paper

1. Open the crafting menu

Walk up to your crafting table and press the appropriate button to open the crafting menu.

Platform Control
Java (PC/Mac) Right-click
Pocket Edition Tap 
Xbox 360 LT button
Xbox One LT button
PS3 L2 button
PS4 L2 button
Wii U ZL
Nintendo Switch ZL button
Windows 10 Right-click
Education Edition Right-click

2. Place the materials

When you open the crafting menu, you will see a 3×3 grid, a solitary box, and your inventory. 

To craft paper, you will need to place the materials in the correct pattern into the crafting grid.

The top row should remain empty. The second row should contain three sugar canes. The bottom row should also be empty. 

If should look like this: 

XXX

SSS

XXX

 S = sugar cane, X = empty slot

3. Collect your paper

When the ingredients are placed in the correct pattern, three sheets of paper will appear in the box to the right of the grid. 

You need to pick up the paper and place it in your crafting inventory to complete the crafting process. If you don’t do this and simply exit the crafting menu, all the materials will drop to the ground around the crafting table. 

Item ID and Name

Platform ID Name Minecraft ID Data Value Version
Java (PC/Mac) minecraft:paper

minecraft:paper

339

339

0 1.8 – 1.12

1.13 – 1.16.3

Pocket Edition minecraft:paper 339 0 1.16.0 – 1.16.50
Xbox 360 N/A N/A N/A
Xbox One minecraft:paper 339 0 1.6.0 – 1.16.40
PS3 N/A N/A N/A
PS4 minecraft:paper 339 0 1.14.0 – 1.16.40
Wii U N/A N/A N/A
Nintendo Switch minecraft:paper 339 0 1.6.0 – 1.16.40
Windows 10 minecraft:paper 339 0 0.16.0 – 1.16.40
Education Edition minecraft:paper 339 0 1.0. – 1.14.31

Give Command 

Platform Give command
Java (PC/Mac) /give @p paper 1 0
Pocket Edition /give @p paper 1 0
Xbox 360 N/A
Xbox One /give @p paper 1 0
PS3 N/A
PS4 /give @p paper 1 0
Wii U N/A
Nintendo Switch /give @p paper 1 0
Windows 10 /give @p paper 1 0
Education Edition /give @p paper 1 0

Using Paper

Paper can be used to make numerous items including decorative banners, books, maps, fireworks, and even a cartography table.

It can also be used with an anvil to repair maps.

How to make books, maps, and fireworks.

4. Open the crafting menu

Walk up to your crafting table and press the appropriate button to open the crafting menu.

Platform Control
Java (PC/Mac) Right-click
Pocket Edition Tap 
Xbox 360 LT button
Xbox One LT button
PS3 L2 button
PS4 L2 button
Wii U ZL
Nintendo Switch ZL button
Windows 10 Right-click
Education Edition Right-click

5. Place the materials

When you open the crafting menu, you will see a 3×3 grid, a solitary box, and your inventory. 

To craft each item, you will need to place the materials in the correct pattern into the crafting grid.

To make a book you will need three sheets of paper and a piece of leather., the top row of the grid should contain paper in the left box, leather in middle, and nothing on the right.

The second row should contain paper in the left and middle boxes. The bottom row should remain empty. 

It should look like this: 

PLX

PPX

XXX

L = leather, P = paper X = empty slot

To make a map you will need eight sheets of paper and a compass., the top row of the grid should contain paper in all three boxes. The second row should contain paper in the left and right box and a compass in the middle. The bottom row should contain paper in all three slots.

It should look like this:

PPP

PCP

PPP 

C = compass P = paper

To make a firework rocket you will need one sheet of paper, gunpowder, and a firework star. The top row of the grid should contain paper in the left box, gunpowder in the middle, and nothing on the right.

The second row should contain nothing in the left box, a firework star in the middle box, and nothing in the right box. The bottom row should remain empty.

It should look like this:

PGX

XFX

XXX

F = firework star G = Gunpowder X = empty   

6. Collect your items

When the ingredients are placed in the correct pattern, the completed item will appear in the box to the right of the grid. 

You need to pick up the paper and place it in your crafting inventory to complete the crafting process. If you don’t do this and simply exit the crafting menu, all the materials will drop to the ground around the crafting table. 

Trading

In bedrock Edition, novice level cartographer villagers, and novice-level librarian villagers will give you an emerald for 24 sheets of paper. 

In Java Edition novice-level cartographers will always offer to trade 24 pieces of paper for an emerald, but novice level librarians have a ⅔ chance of doing so.