Paper in Minecraft can be found in Shipwrecks, strongholds, and cartographer's chests or can be made by placing three sugar cane beside each other in any row of the crafting table. Paper is used in many recipes including banners, books, maps, and fireworks which are extremely viable once you get Elytra from the End.
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Paper will spawn in three different loot chests. Shipwrecks, strongholds, and cartographer chests in villages. This is not a reliable way to get paper as you can find up to about twelve, and sometimes only up to five, pieces of paper per chest. It is much easier and efficient to grow sugarcane yourself than to track down a shipwreck, stronghold, or hope to find a cartographer in a village.
To make paper track down some sugarcane. Sugarcane will grow next to a water source block on sand or dirt.
You only need one to plant more but gather as much as you find. After you have at least three sugarcane you can make paper. Take your sugarcane to a crafting table and place three sugarcane in a row.
It does not matter which row you use to make the paper. That’s all you need to make paper.
Paper is used in many recipes. There are six banners you can make with paper, one is exclusive to the Java edition and one exclusive to the Bedrock edition. You can make books, cartography tables, maps, locator maps, and firework rockets out of paper.
Placing an appropriate pattern material with paper will give you the respective banner pattern.
If you place leather in with three pieces of paper anywhere in the crafting menu you can make a book.
This is one of the more useful applications of paper as books can be enchanted to help you find the perfect enchanted item.
Placing nine pieces of paper in the crafting menu will create an empty map.
This is the lowest level map and will show only the chunk you are currently in. To upgrade the map ensure you open the map by right-clicking with the map selected to create a map of the chunk you are in. Then you can surround the map with more paper to upgrade the map. You can do this up to four times.
If you remove the middle piece of paper and replace it with a compass you can make a locator map.
This map is handy as it will show you the location of players in the world.
Placing gunpowder and paper in a crafting menu will allow you to make rockets.
Rockets are incredibly useful while flying with Elytra as it allows you to gain a lot of momentum for keeping an inventory slot dedicated to a stack of rockets. You can also create decorative fireworks with firework stars, paper, and gunpowder.
This does not have much of a practical effect, but looks pretty.
Crafted with sugar cane, Minecraft's paper is used to craft some of the most important items in the game. Luckily, sugar cane is extremely easy to farm at a relatively fast pace, so players can obtain paper fairly quickly.
The easiest way to find sugar cane is for the player to drive a boat around the waters of the Overworld. Eventually, they should stumble upon a few sugar cane, which can then be replanted to create a massive sugar cane farm to create paper.
Also read: Top 5 uses for sugar cane in Minecraft
A collection of cool banners (Image via minecraft.tool)
Banner patterns are a small but great use for the player's spare paper.
When paper is combined with various items, such as a Daisy or Creeper Head, on a crafting table, players can craft a Banner Pattern.
Players can then use a loom to turn these patterns into real banners, which can spice up their base.
The cartography table has a nice look to it (Image via Minecraft)
Another decent use for Paper is the cartography table.
To craft a cartography table, players only need two pieces of paper and four wood planks.
These tables can be used to zoom out of maps, add markers to maps, and act as a job block for unemployed Villagers to become Cartographer Villages.
The video above will explain everything that players need to know about the Cartography Table. You can use the Cartography Table to make maps.
What an empty map looks like when opened (Image via minecraft.fandom)
The Empty Map is an amazing use for Paper.
To create an empty map, players need to have eight paper and one compass. Once the player is holding the map, it will show the player's location from a top-down view.
Players can also place these maps into a Cartography Table to create markers, zoom out, and lock the map.
If you can find a librarian villager, you can trade your paper for emeralds. This can be an easy way to get access to enchanted books, emeralds, lanterns, bookshelves, and other items found in the librarian’s trade inventory.
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Because paper can be so easy to farm, it makes trading for emeralds painless. If you are looking to use more emeralds, try taking advantage of librarian trades.
To read more about how to make trading with librarians efficient, click here
A nice image of a Book (Image via attackofthefanboy)
The book is one of the best items that can be created by paper.
These books can then be enchanted at an enchanting table, to then be applied to a tool, weapon, or armor piece. In fact, a book is required to even craft an Enchanting Table in the first place.
To craft a book, players need one leather and three paper.
A player using Fireworks with an Elytra for extra flying time (Image via u/CivetKitty on Reddit)
The final and best use for paper is the Firework.
When the player combines one piece of paper with a few pieces of Gunpowder, they can craft three Firework Rockets.
These rockets will provide a boost to a player while flying if they "use" it with an Elytra equipped. This boost will be in the direction that the player is facing. It's great for players to get higher into the sky so they don't need to land.
Because sugarcane can be grown infinitely, paper is also infinite. If you have a librarian who will buy paper for emeralds this also makes emeralds infinite.
Plant a lot of sugarcane. Unfortunately, there is only one easy way to get a substantial amount of paper and that is to wait for sugarcane to grow. One block of water can support four sugarcane plants so you can build a grid of sugarcane to make a lot of paper. If you want to make more paper faster, plant more sugarcane.
Librarian and Cartographer villagers will not sell paper but they will buy paper. This means that villagers cannot provide paper, but they can turn your paper into emeralds.
While the paper is used to make books, books cannot be used to make paper. Unfortunately, there is no way to break an item back into its original parts.
Bamboo cannot be used to make paper. In fact, bamboo is only used to make sticks or scaffolding.