This Minecraft tutorial explains how to craft shears with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.

In Minecraft, shears are one of the many tools that you can make. They are used as scissors to cut items off in the game such as wool, leaves, vines, cobwebs or dead bushes so that you can add them to your inventory.

Let’s explore how to make shears.

Where to find Shears in Creative Mode

Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

Here is where you can find shears in the Creative Inventory menu:

Platform Version(s) Creative Menu Location
Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.8 – 1.19
Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.19.3 – 1.20
  • Platform is the platform that applies.
  • Version(s) is the Minecraft version numbers where the item can be found in the menu location listed (we have tested and confirmed this version number).
  • Creative Menu Location is the location of the item in the Creative Inventory menu.

Required Materials to make Shears

In Minecraft, these are the materials you can use to craft shears:

2 Iron Ingots

How to craft Shears in Survival Mode

1. Open the Crafting Menu

First, open your crafting table so that you have the 3×3 crafting grid that looks like this:

2. Add Items to make Shears

In the crafting menu, you should see a crafting area that is made up of a 3×3 crafting grid. To make shears, place 2 iron ingots in the 3×3 crafting grid.

When making shears, it is important that the iron ingots are placed in the exact pattern as the image below. In the first row, there should be 1 iron ingot in the second box. In the second row, there should be 1 iron ingot in the first box. This is the Minecraft crafting recipe for shears.

Now that you have filled the crafting area with the correct pattern, the shears will appear in the box to the right.

3. Move the Shears to Inventory

Once you have crafted shears, you need to move the new item to your inventory.

Congratulations, you have made shears in Minecraft!

Item ID and Name

Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Minecraft, shears have the following Name, ID and DataValue:

(Minecraft ID Name)
Data Value Stack Size Version
0 1 1.8 – 1.12
1 1.13 – 1.20
  • Description is what the item is called and (Minecraft ID Name) is the string value that is used in game commands.
  • Data Value (or damage value) identifies the variation of the block if more than one type exists for the Minecraft ID.
  • Stack Size is the maximum stack size for this item. While some items in Minecraft are stackable up to 64, other items can only be stacked up to 16 or 1. (NOTE: These stack sizes are for vanilla Minecraft only. If you are running a mod, some mods may change the stack size for an item.)
  • Platform is the platform that applies.
  • Version(s) is the Minecraft version numbers that the Minecraft ID and Name are valid for.

Give Command for Shears

Give Command in Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 and 1.20, the /give command for Shears is:

/give @p shears 1

In Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11 and 1.12, the /give command for Shears is:

/give @p shears 1 0

Enchantments for Shears

In Minecraft, you can enchant shears with the following enchantments:

Enchantment Description
Curse of Vanishing Cursed item will disappear after player dies
Efficiency Increases how fast you can mine
Mending Uses xp to mend your tools, weapons and armor
Unbreaking Increases durability of item, in effect, by decreasing the chance of the tool, weapon, or armor taking durability damage when used
  • Enchantment is what the enchantment is called.
  • Description is the description of what the enchantment does.

See a complete list of Minecraft Enchantments that is interactive and searchable.

Things to Make with Shears

You can use shears to make items in Minecraft such as:

How to make an Enchanted Shears

Things to Do with Shears

Here are some activities that you can do with shears in Minecraft:

How to Shear a Sheep
How to make a traditional Snow Man
How to make a Cobweb
How to make Vines
How to make Grass
 How to make a Fern
How to make a Dead Bush
How to make Seagrass
How to make a Small Dripleaf
How to make Hanging Roots
 How to make Oak Leaves
 How to make Spruce Leaves
 How to make Birch Leaves
 How to make Jungle Leaves
 How to make Acacia Leaves
How to make Dark Oak Leaves
How to make a Carved Pumpkin

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