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The How to Papercraft Guide

Our one stop guide for building and designing papercraft models is now released!

How to Papercraft Guide

 Quick Tutorial

Want to start building your own paper models? Don’t worry, the concept is quite simple.

Print

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.

Open .pdf files with Adobe Reader.

Open .pdo files with Pepakura Viewer.

Open .rar and .zip files with 7zip.

Cut

Cut the solid lines with a hobby knife on a cutting mat or with precision scissors for maximum precision. For long lines, you can also use regular scissors.

 

Fold

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.

Glue

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.