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 a paper parol Christmas lantern

Here is an easy way to make a beautiful parol. All that you need is colorful papers, scissors, tape, stapler pin. Now take five sheets. Cross fold it and tear the extra paper, so that a perfect square is formed. Do it for all the five sheets. Now fold it cross wise, and again fold it in the same manner, so a triangle shaped paper is formed. Cut the papers cross wise and not on the edges. Care should be taken that it is not fully cut. Then open the paper, several sheets are formed now. Join op...

How To: Make an animated optical illusion out of paper

In this how-to video, you will learn how to make an animated optical illusion with paper. First, start off with one ball and copy it five more times so that it goes in a line to the corner. Make sure there are six balls in total. Next, create a striped pattern shown. There are black bars with small white lines in between. One white space equals one sixth of the black space. This is essential in making the illusion work. Once both patterns are printed out in separate pieces of paper, lay the p...

How To: Make a 3d pop up card

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a 3D flower pop up card. The materials required for this are 5 pieces of paper, scissors and glue. Begin by folding the paper in half 3 times and then fold down the sides to a triangle. Now fold a bit of the triangle flap up to make a slimmer triangle. Then cut around the top with a half circle shape. When opened, it will be a flower shape. Cut one of the pedals off and decorate it. Make 7 more flowers and glue the points together. Now take a ...

HowTo: Paper Plate Geometry

Oh, what fun you can have with a little math + a little origami. Bradford Hansen-Smith folds intricate geometric sculptures entirely from paper plates and is kind enough to offer a few HowTo's to get you started. Examples of his work below; scroll all the way down for the HowTo.

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 little house pop-up card

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a little house pop-up card. First, draw a cute little house on a flat plain with trees around it, then decorate the house! After this, fold it in half so the house shows on the outside and cut the paper along the roof and on the bottom, not on the sides. After this, bend that flap on both sides and then open up the card. Now, fold the card in so the little house pops out when you open it up! From here, put into your card and then color the entire thing t...

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 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: 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 a spinning paper helicopter

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a spinning paper helicopter. Begin by cutting a piece of paper into a long, thin strip. Then make a vertical cut halfway down the paper strip and 2 semi cuts horizontally above the vertical cut. Now make a 3 way fold on the top square shape of the strip. Then fold one long flap of the strip forward and the other strip backwards. This video will benefit those viewers who are interested in folding origami, and would like to learn how to make a s...

How To: Make a big 3D paper star out of newspaper

Paul shows us how to make a gigantic three dimensional five-point star out of paper. First, glue A4 sized paper together to make a long strip. Make a U-shape on one end, cross the shorter end under the strip and make a knot by placing the end into the loop. The knot now looks like a pentagon. Flip the pentagon over and over until the end of the strip so that the paper strip is bundled into the pentagon shape. Stick the end of the strip to the pentagon shape. Press the centre on each side of t...

How To: Use a Fiskars paper trimmer

This Arts & Crafts How-to video gives a demonstration and product review of the Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer, used in scrapbooking, card making and other paper craft projects. Learn how to use the Fiskars paper trimmer to make any paper crafting project easier.

How To: Frame a sports jersey

Want to hang that sports jersey proud above your bed, but framing is too expensive? Save some money by framing it yourself and learn from a master. In this step-by-step video tutorial by Vivian Kistler, learn how to frame your basketball, baseball, soccer, or football jersey without leaving your house. Vivian Kistler is an MCPF (Master Certified Picture Framer) and GCF (Guild Commended Framer) and has traveled worldwide giving seminars on picture framing and has written over 28 books on the s...

How To: Make a 3D Paper Snowflake for the Holidays

This isn't your grandma's paper snowflake! Get creative and add a new dimension to your winter decorations. You will need two 8 by 8 inch pieces of white paper, a pair of scissors, a stapler, string, glitter, glue and iridescent cellophane. This is a fun holiday craft project. Makes a nice Christmas decoration.

How To: Make Paper Flower Poinsettias for Christmas

First, cut out pattern pieces. You will need 8 leaf patterns in total. Now, put two leaf patterns together and attach to a leaf with glue. Add a wire in the middle of the wire and glue it closed. Now, stretch your petals to give fullness, you should have 13 petals in total. With your finger, smooth glue onto the petal, then clip wire off of the petals.

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