News: 50 FREE Papercraft Robot Downloads

One of the greatest things about the internet? Free papercraft downloads. Enjoy Botropolis' collection of 50 fun robots. Just download, print, and assemble. My top ten favorites below. Wall-E. Robocop. Optimus Prime. R2-D2. The Terminator. Poseable Toy Robot. Retro Bot. Godzilla. Poco Bot with 6 rotation points. Robot Owl.

How To: Make paper look 200 years old using coffee

In this tutorial, we learn how to make paper look like it's 200 years old using coffee. First, take a regular piece of copy paper and then use a paint brush to paint a cup of coffee over the entire piece of paper. Use a blow dryer to dry the paper, then brush several more coats onto the paper until the brown looks like it' realistic. To finish, use distressed marks over the paper, then use a blow dry to dry off the entire thing. To finish, apply a couple more coats of coffee to the paper, the...

How To: Make watermarks in paper for security

Don't fret too much if your watermark is barely noticeable when you're finished with this project - the less obvious it is, the better a job you've done. Watermarkers are present in many types of paper, especially the monetary kind. If you hold up a ten dollar bill you'll see a watermark of Thomas Jefferson's face on the right, proving the bill is real.

How To: Craft a large paper apple tree

This is a perfect craft project for the classroom or to do with the family. Have fun designing your tree and use it as colorful decoration, help learn about trees, tell tails, or as a fun prop to make play theater really come alive.

How To: Make your very own paper spinner

Evil Penguin Master demonstrates how to make a paper spinner. First fold a regular sheet of paper in half, defining the lines well. Then, cut the paper along the crease with scissors or tear it with your hands. Next, fold the halved paper again lengthwise. Then, fold down the corner. Flip the paper over and fold down the other corner so it forms a slanted rectangle. Repeat the technique with the other sheet. Lay the sheets on top of each other so they form an X or a star. Fold each triangle i...

How To: Make a small business card-sized box

Sometimes you find ideas from the most unlikely objects. This video gives proof. Here are easy instructions for making a small box to hold business cards, ATC's (artist trading cards), gift cards, etc. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make a small business card-sized box out of an old Orbit gum package.

How To: Throw a paper airplane far

This video will teach you the three most important tips which you will need in order to throw a paper airplane far. First, you will need to use your dominant or stronger hand. Next, you will need to throw the airplane as if you were throwing a baseball, taking a slight forwards step as you throw it as well. Finally, you will need to make sure that you release the paper airplane at the proper point of your throw, at the maximum part of the arc and not when your arm starts arcing downwards. By ...

How To: Make a newspaper tree

The Professor of Silliness returns with some paper. Watch this instructional video to make a tall tree out of newspaper. You need an old newspaper, masking tape, and scissors. Simply lay out the newspaper pages from end to end and tape them together. Then roll it up at a diagonal, starting from one corner, and pack i it into a compact tube. Use tape to keep the tub intact Use the scissors to cut vertical lines half way down the newspaper tube. Pull out the inner most layer and turn your recyc...

How To: Make a 3D paper city

Learn how to make a three dimensional city from a sheet of paper. Start with a flat drawing of a city scape and a sharp X-acto knife. Cut along each vertical line of each window. Cut along each horizontal line of each window. Be very precise and do not cut past the end of the line. Cut out arches of doorways. Make incisions along horizontal lines of buildings. Cut along horizontal lines of stairs. Do not cut along any dotted lines. Once done cutting, begin folding. Fold along dotted lines. Cr...

How To: Make a paper mache cave

A short informative video showing how to make paper mache. A great arts and crafts project for some simple fun or your child's school science project. Easy to make with just flour, water, salt, and some old newspaper. Apply the mixture to a wire frame or a box like in the video to make a paper mache cave. It's very easy to make and you can create a range of things from masks, volcanoes, and most obviously caves!

How To: Make a waterfall greeting card

This tutorial video will show you how to make your very own waterfall greeting card. This card is amazing and super adorable. All your friends and family will be impressed by your greeting card making ability when you lay this one on them.

How To: Make a recycle bag from newspaper

Sporterbumi, teaches you how to make a recycled bag from a newspaper. You need two sheets of newspaper, preferably a large one, a stapler and a ballpoint pen. Also get two thick pieces of card stock with two holes, 8 centimeters apart. Lastly, you will need 2 pieces of 40 centimeters rope each. Use the stapler on the top, opened, side of the newspaper, stapling 2 centimeters apart from each other. Fold 5 centimeters on the side that you put the staples on. Flip it and fold it again. Do the sa...

How To: Make a loud and annoying paper popper, step by step

This video demonstrates how to make a loud and annoying paper popper. Prepare a regular sheet of paper and lay it down on the table or a flat surface. Fold the lower portion of the paper at about an inch and a half (1.5") or two inches (2"). Fold it the second time at about the same length you did with the first. Then, fold the paper right in the middle in the opposite direction with your first two folds. Your paper should now be folded to resemble a nurse's hat. Hold one corner of the folded...

PhD in Paper Craft: Make This Insanely Detailed & Anatomically Correct Human Torso—Complete with Removable Organs

If you're studying human anatomy (or have ever visited a doctor's office), you're no doubt familiar with those plastic anatomical models with removable pieces meant to teach the different parts of the body. Before those, there were illustrated pop-up books. If you need to know the difference between the latissimus dorsi and the multifidus, you're probably better off sticking with your textbook diagrams. But if you prefer a more artful approach (and have a lot of time one your hands), this pap...

How To: Make a decorative tissue box cover

In this video, we learn how to make a decorative tissue box cover. First, you will need to get a piece of paper in your choice of color and set your tissue box on top of it. Use different colors of paper to trace out the edges of the box and then you will tape them all together. Make edges off the paper when you trace them so they fold over. When finished, you will put this onto the tissue box. You can also decorate this with any accessories that you would like to add a personal touch to the ...

How To: Cut acrylic on the Cricut Expression

In this video, we learn how to cut acrylic on the Cricut Expression. First, you will need to have an acrylic cutter installed on your Cricut Expression. Now, place the acrylic on the mat and insert the mat into your machine. After this, choose the type of cut you want, then make sure the blade depth is at six and the pressure is at maximum. Now you can start to cut the acrylic, and when it's finished, it will pop back out of the machine and be finished! You can then use the acrylic for what p...

How To: Make a surprise popup greeting card

This tutorial video will show you how to make your very own greeting card that not only has a sliding element, but pops up as well. This popup card is great for special occasions, and people are sure to love it. Hurry up and start making this wonderful greeting card!

How To: Make a papier mache skull

Learn how to make a papier mache skull by first learning how to mix papier mache and then how to make a jaw bone. Part 2 of this informative craft how to for making a cool papier mache skull starts with building from the jaw bone in part 1 the project continues with the making of the skull. Part three shows the details, sculpting, painting and completion of this cool papier mache craft project.

How To: Make Day of the Dead paper mache sculptures

In this tutorial, we learn how to make day of the dead paper mache sculptures. First, you will make the paper mache sculptures into different body shapes, then use a sharp knife to carve along the sculpture. Use different paints and colors to make the characters more believable and realistic. Use a thick paper mache when making these, because you will lose a lot of layers when you are thinning it down and shaving it into shape. When finished, you will attach the different pieces of body parts...

How To: Use the Cricut Expression to make a gift bag

Mona from Cup Cakes Creations demonstrates the use of a Cricut Expression machine to make gift bags. She starts with the smaller gift bag found on page 115 of the instruction book. It gives the option of putting holes in the bag. She sets the machine to cut two 5-1/2" bags out of 12x12" paper, and cuts it. With the bag cut out, she explains how the bag is folded and taped with Terrifically Tacky Tape, and decorated with a 2" tag. The tag is attached with a cord, and decorated with a ribbon. T...

How To: Make a 3D paper flower

For origami lovers, watch this how-to video to learn how easy it is to make beautiful and colorful paper flowers. Follow along with the demonstrations, and give it a hand yourself. It's not traditional origami, because you'll need scissors. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to make a 3D paper flower.

News: This DIY Walking Paper Robot Shoots Rubber Bands from Its High-Powered Gatling Gun Arms

One amazing Japanese papercraft enthusiast has built a walking 'robot' that's made of nothing more than paper, rubber bands, and a few wooden shafts for stability. It's been dubbed the 'Paper Robot III,' and even the cogs and gears are made of paper. The creator made a video detailing his entire process, and he's selling kits to make your own for about $40 US, if you're too lazy to do everything from scratch.

How To: Make a cut-paper portrait

Learn how to make a cut-paper portrait by taping an image to a paper, cutting out the silhouette, cutting out the details, checking your progress, cutting off the tape, making some final touch-ups, and placing and gluing the image.

How To: Make a 3D five-point star from paper with origami

This video shows how to make a 3D five point paper star. First cut a pentagon using a sharp flat blade and a ruler. Folding halfway between each two corners to the opposite corner. These folds are the points of the star. Make a mark half-way between the edge of the paper and the center point created by the folds. Using the ruler and X-acto knife, cut straight along the fold from the mark to the edge. Cut two small triangles off of each side 1/4" up from the middle of the edge, cut a line stra...

How To: Make paper roses from streamer paper

Not sure what to do with that left over streamer paper from a party? Why not save it until Valentine's Day and fashion a bouquet of paper roses out of it? This tutorial will show you how to take that flimsy, colorful party paper and create cute, homemade flowers from it.

How To: Make a paper gun and paper bullet

This is a lengthy and detailed video tutorial on how to make a paper gun and paper bullet. This is not one of those realistic looking replica guns made from paper, but it's still pretty impressive for a gun made of paper. See how to make the paper gun, then watch to see how to make the paper bullets that you can shoot out of it.

How To: Make a paper cake

1) Create a rectangular sheet of paper by folding the left side in, like a book, about 1-inch and remove this excess paper. 2) Fold the rectangle in half, bottom to top like a newspaper, and then unfold and lay flat. Now take the bottom edge and fold it up (again like a newspaper) to meet the center crease that you made with your first fold. Unfold again. You will now have two creases in the bottom half of your paper. 3) Lift the bottom fold (bottom forth of the rectangle) up and line it up w...

How To: Use PVA and methyl cellulose glues

Sue at Paper Source demonstrates how to glue like a pro. PVA is a great paper glue, while methyl cellulose extends drying time (which is perfect for precise adjustment) and is also reversible (making it really handy for archiving). Watch this video crafting tutorial and learn how to use PVA and methyl cellulose glues.

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