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The How to Papercraft Guide
Our one stop guide for building and designing papercraft models is now released!
Want to start building your own paper models? Don’t worry, the concept is quite simple.
Print the templates on paper with a thickness (i.e. weight) of at least 120 grams per square meter (32 lbs in the US System). The general recommendation is between 120-180gsm to give the best balance between strength and ease of manipulation. As a rule of thumb use thinner paper for tiny models and thicker paper for large ones.
Use 7-Zip, Adobe Reader and Pepakura Viewer to open ZIP/RAR, PDF and PDO files, respectively.
Fold the non-solid lines. The folding code is inverted compared to origami.
Dashed (Mountain fold)
Dashed-dotted (Valley fold)
Before you fold, you may indent the fold lines with a ruler and a blunt object, like a safety pin, blunt knife or empty ball point pen. It’ll make the edges much easier to fold.
Pro tip: Edge coloring
To hide the white edges of the models, color them of the same color as the adjoin surface with color markers. Pass quickly so the ink doesn’t stain the pieces! Soft watercolour pencils can be used without the risk of staining but require more pressure to saturate the paper so be careful not to crumple the edge.
Around the pieces, the white triangles or trapezoids are glue tabs. Paste them one by one with glue and secure them firmly to the corresponding place for a few seconds. Use a quick-drying liquid glue.