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Christmas Papercraft

Back in December I created a papercraft project for my grade 5 students. It’s a cute Christmas scene that I had the students cut out and paint and then glue onto cardstock. I based the Santa design on another papercraft that I found a link for on Pinterest but the original was gone so I whipped up my own version in Adobe Illustrator.




Here’s my version in case you’d like to make one yourself, modify it, or use it as a class project (next holiday season, obviously): holiday scene papercraft.pdf. (430KB)

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V8 Working Papercraft Engine Model

Perhaps the most impressive papercraft I’ve ever seen, engineer Aliaksei Zholner created a working v8 model almost completely out of paper with just a few pieces of scotch tape added to reduce friction. The engine is so tiny it fits inside the plastic container found inside a Kinder Surprise egg. In this demonstration video, Zholner shows that tiny size doesn’t interfere with the engine’s moving components and when hooked up to a steady stream of air from a balloon, the whirling motor purrs in a rhythm not unlike a real engine.

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Amazing Papercraft

Check out this interesting collection of do-it-yourself papercraft. My favorite is the AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars.

AT-AT Walker Papercraft

Here is the AT-AT papercraft.pdf (234KB)

(Via BoingBoing)

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Gluek’s Amazing Starcraft Origami

A flickr user going by the name gluek has some amazing photos of Starcraft themed origami. As a former Starcraft addict, I have to say, the attention to detail is unreal.

Gluek's Amazing Starcraft Origami

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Disneyland Haunted Mansion Papercraft Model

mansion3Last summer, Ray Keim of Haunted Dimensions released an extremely cool paper model of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square.

My brother and I started working on it as a summer project, but since he was only here for one afternoon, we didn’t get very far. Lately he’s been back visiting and it got me back working on it again. Today, it’s finally finished and it looks great!