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papercraft websites Whether you’re bored at work, like to stimulate the nostalgia, or just love to craft, paper modelling is a real fun way for you or your kids to waste time.

Though it might seem like a somewhat childish hobby, there are really many kinds of papercraft, varying in theme and difficulty.

A lot of different papercraft guides and how-to’s are available on the net. Most of these services offer pre-printed lay-outs. This means you’ll just have to cut and paste to create a unique and original looking model or toy.

We’ll be discussing the more authentic forms of papercraft, like origami, but you’ll also learn how to fold block-headed celebrities from popular movie and game franchises. So four great papercraft websites:

Popular Origami

Origami is the Japanese branch of papercraft. It has been around for hundreds of years and is not planning to go away. Origami uses one or several square pieces of paper, each side in a different color. Only folding is allowed (those gluesticks and scissors won’t be needed), but the possibilities are endless.

Michael LaFosse started a website with fourteen simple and advanced origami types. Each how-to is accompanied by a video, which explains and shows you the process, step by step.

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This accessible Popular Origami website is great to get a basic taste of the origami art.

origami paper folding

Cubeecraft

Remember those block-headed famous figures I showed in the intro? Say hello to Cubeecraft.

Cubeecraft hosts tons of easy-to-make blocky figures, ranging from Usagi Yojimbo to The Joker. You just have to print the stencils, cut them out and fold them. That’s right, no glue needed either!

From time to time, more Cubees are added. Besides the normal stencils, Cubeecraft also publishes temporal Limited Edition themes, only for those who are quick enough.

cubeecraft-papercraft inspirations

Readymech

Other cube figures can be found on Readymech, a side-project of the Fwis graphical design firm.

These papercraft models do not resemble any popular franchise characters, but are all of very unique and original designs.  To make these models you will need a pair of scissors, glue or double-sided tape and a printer.

readymech-origami paper

Advanced Papercraft on Creative Closeup

This is not a site which hosts guides and/or stencils, but nevertheless one that just had to be mentioned.

Creative Closeup composed a list of “100 Exceptional Free Paper Models and Toys”. These include some of the most advanced pieces of papercraft I’ve ever seen.

Instead of just folding five or six lines, you’ll create immensely detailed papercraft models. These include a motorcycle (released by Yamaha), where you need to separately manufacture the tank, the frame and even the exhaust pipe!

If you’re tired with the cube figures and up for a (serious) challenge, this is a must-try!

exceptional paper - papercraft inspirations

So what do you think? Are you for the traditional, popular or insane approach? Maybe you have some nostalgic memories about paper crafting, or you might know other (maybe even better) sites. Let other people know by leaving a comment below.

  1. blah blah man
    October 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    hi guys wizard paper craft.vom should be on here

  2. arisa
    November 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    ooops...good :)

  3. ThomasP
    November 18, 2008 at 6:45 am

    This is quite useful as I'm going to work in a youth-group in a few weeks. Thanks.

  4. Mark O'Neill
    November 18, 2008 at 8:14 am

    I am a huge fan of the Toymaker - thetoymaker.com/ . She puts LOTS of models in PDF form which you can print out and build. They all require glue but some of the models are amazing. One is a model theatre with little figures which I tried to build some time back but it collapsed on me! ;-)

    She also has an email newsletter which you can subscribe to so you can be updated when she puts new models on the site.

  5. Jhonn Connor
    November 18, 2008 at 8:03 am

    papercraft.cl/eng

  6. Juan Carlo
    November 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Actually, there is http://www.origami.com which has hundreds of diagrams of diverse levels of complexity. And Canon's Creative Park (mentioned on Creative Closeup) (http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/1006/) has more enough papercrafts than you can shake a stick at!

  7. Javi
    November 17, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Excellent article!

    I think I'll be fired! :-)

    • Simon Slangen
      November 17, 2008 at 10:32 am

      Yeah? How's that? :-p

  8. Saikat
    November 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Loved your article...now I have something to keep my nieces occupied!Digged it.

  9. Mr. BabyMan
    November 16, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Tubbypaws.com should be on this list.

    • Aibek
      November 18, 2008 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks for sharing ;-)

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