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Paper is an item that can be used to craft maps and books, or it can be sold to librarian Villagers for an emerald per ~30 paper. To craft paper, sugar cane is needed which is often found alongside any natural water. Paper can also be found in almost all Stronghold library chests.

Crafting

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Paper
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Sugar Cane
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Sugar Cane
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Sugar Cane
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Book

(Shapeless recipe)
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Map
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Paper
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Leather
None
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Paper
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Paper
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Paper
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Paper
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Paper
None
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Paper
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Compass
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Paper
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Paper
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Paper
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Paper

Note: the firework star and up to two pieces of gunpowder is optional.

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Firework Rocket

(Shapeless recipe)
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Paper
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Gunpowder
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Gunpowder
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Gunpowder
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Firework Star
None
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Trivia

  • As of 1.3, a piece of leather is also required anywhere in order to make a book, to appear as the cover.
  • On the Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, a map can be crafted using 9 paper instead of 8 paper and a compass. This however makes a map that will not show a player's location.
  • Interestingly, wood isn't used to make paper.
  • An empty map uses the same texture as paper, but it has a different colour.