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Papercraft

The Art of PaperBuild

The Art of PaperBuild

Thestory takes us inside the workshop of artist Jang Jun-ho (aka “PaperBuild“), who has made incredibly detailed and vibrant origami and cut paper sculptures of everything from mechs to helmets to swords an articulating Infinity Gauntlet. Turn captions on.

A Garden of Paper Guns

A Garden of Paper Guns

Artist Li Hongbo is known for making sculptural works of art using stacks of paper glued together, then cut to open accordion style. In a recent installation, he created roughly 2000 guns which transform into a colorful and surreal garden.

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Game of Thrones Paper Dragon

Game of Thrones Paper Dragon

Office supplies maker Viking Direct surprised its employees by installing a 43 foot-long dragon made out of paper in their office. A few employees worked with artist Andy Singleton for 10 days to build the impressive sculpture. It’s now installed in a school.

Making an Organ from Paper

Making an Organ from Paper

(Loud) Aliaksei Zholner decided to see if he could make a working reed pipe organ entirely out of paper and cardboard, with bellows powered by the weight of a book. The resulting sounds are a little silly, but it’s a cool bit of papercraft engineering.

Brutal East

Brutal East

Zupagrafika’s cut-out model book lets you build your own cold and impersonal miniature city filled with the brutalist architecture of Central and Eastern Europe. Includes seven buildings from Serbia, Moldova, Russia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia.

Making a Knife from Cardboard

Making a Knife from Cardboard

Kiwami Japan is back with another ridiculously improbable knife construction – an impressively-sharp kitchen blade made from pressed cardboard. We weren’t quite sure what he was up to for the first few minutes and thought we were watching HowtoBasic.

Frank Lloyd Wright Kirigami Models

Frank Lloyd Wright Kirigami Models

The linear windows of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic structures are the perfect subject for Marc Hagan-Guirey’s book, which comes with 14 cut-and-fold models based on buildings from the Frederick C. Robie House to Taliesin West and the Johnson Wax building.

Omoshiroi Block Memo Pads

Omoshiroi Block Memo Pads

Japanese paper goods company Triad presents a wonderful series of notepads which are sliced in such a way that they reveal intricate sculptures of locations and objects as each layer is peeled away. They’re currently sold out, but it sounds like they’ve got more in the works.

This Book is a Planetarium

This Book is a Planetarium

Kelli Anderson’s This Book Is a Planetarium, features six usable pop-up constructions, including a tiny planetarium, a Spirograph-like drawing machine, a secret decoder ring, and an acoustic amplifier. Each object is accompanied by an explanation of the science behind it.

Typographic Insects

Typographic Insects

Artist Xavier Segers aka “The Last Dodo” created these incredible insect images by precisely placing letters from various fonts. See if you can guess what font each one was made from, then head to the bottom of his Behance page for the answers.

Paper Art by Peter Dahmen

Paper Art by Peter Dahmen

Filmmaker Christopher Helkey introduces us to artist Peter Dahmen, who creates complex and intricate pop-up structures from paper. We loved learning about how he got started, his build process, and watching the movement of each sculpture as it’s opened up.

3D Card Star

3D Card Star

A unique and puzzling desk sculpture you can build from a dozen pre-cut playing cards to form a 5.5″ tall starburst. Professor George W. Hart figured out the geometry to make it work. Learn more about his mathemagical card sculptures here.

Paper Cities in Glass

Paper Cities in Glass

Artist Ayumi Shibata painstakingly cuts intricate, layers of buildings, trees, rocks, and other structures, then layers them together inside of glassware to form incredible miniature cityscapes. Be sure to check out the Shibata’s amazing papercut tower too.

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Cut Paper Optical Illusion

Cut Paper Optical Illusion

Papercraft artist Taras Lesko of VisualSpicer shows off an intricate piece of wall art which can be cut from a single sheet of paper, assuming you’ve got the X-acto skills. Think you’re up to the challenge? Buy the PDF template here.

Tauba Auerbach: [2,3]

Tauba Auerbach: [2,3]

Nowness inspects artist Tauba Auerbach’s oversized pop-up book set [2,3]. It consists of six separate volumes, each with one large, complex and arresting pop-up that somehow still folds flat when its folio is closed.

Game of Paper Thrones

Game of Paper Thrones

To promote their new of Game of Thrones signature notebooks, Moleskine commissioned Dadomani to recreate the HBO series’ opening credits using intricate papercraft models. The end result is decidedly shorter than the full credits, but no less impressive. Making of here.

Paper Stirling Engine

Paper Stirling Engine

Paper engine maker Aliaksei Zholner made something different but no less amazing. His working Stirling engine scale model uses ice and hot water to manipulate the pressure inside its cylinder and generate power. It’s made of paper, cardboard, tissue and lots of glue.

Paper Rotary Engine

Paper Rotary Engine

Aliaksei Zholner’s miniature engine factory continues to progress. The papercraft artist’s latest work is a functional rotary engine. It has three main parts and like its predecessors is powered with compressed air.

Put the Pedal to the Paper

Put the Pedal to the Paper

We’ve seen YouTuber Aliaksei Zholner’s papercraft V6 and four-cylinder miniature engines. One of his latest creations is a V8 engine. As if that wasn’t awesome enough he also made a working throttle for it.

Huntly’s Paper Warplanes

Huntly’s Paper Warplanes

Wonderfully illustrated paper models of classic warplanes that not only look cool, they actually glide. The bi-planes are great, but we’re suckers for the bent-winged Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair. To be honest, after all the work it takes to build one, we’d be afraid to toss ours.

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Manila Folder A380

Manila Folder A380

Last time we checked in with artist Luca Iaconi-Stewart, he was building an intricate paper model of a Boeing 777 out of manila folders. Here, he applies his same incredible knife and tweezer skills to craft a replica of a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.

Paper Dragon Mask

Paper Dragon Mask

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still wear this awesome papercraft dragon mask by RPS Creations. After printing out the template, you have about 8 hours of meticulous cutting and taping, but the end result is worth the effort. (Thanks Matthew!)

Paperholm

Paperholm

Last year, architect Charles Young set a goal to make one small papercraft building a day for a year. He ended up doing just that, creating Paperholm, a city made of whimsical buildings and objects. You can buy some of the models here.

V6 Engine Paper Model

V6 Engine Paper Model

YouTuber Al Zh made a miniature scale model of a V6 engine using paper, glue, tape, and rubber bands. It “runs” on compressed air, and the sound that it makes is awesome. Like an old boat motor. He also made a paper inline-4.

Uhu02’s Papercraft

Uhu02’s Papercraft

Uhu02 makes detailed papercraft models of ships and characters from science fiction. Many of them have prints and pieces for inner layers. His Apollo 13 Lunar Module is mind-blowing. The best part? He gives away his templates on his site.

PaperTrophy

PaperTrophy

Build your own polygonal menagerie with these colorful pre-cut, pre-creased paper animal sculptures. Available individually or as a bundle. Sadly, the awesome XXL gorilla has an equally XXL price of $199.

Vince: The Cardboard Human Skull

Vince: The Cardboard Human Skull

Cardboard Safari’s laser-cut build-it-yourself skull models come in a variety of color schemes, including white, black, natural and zebra-striped. Choose from a 2-3/4″ tall or 6″ tall versions. The boxed edition is especially awesome.

Fantastic Fox Display Window

Fantastic Fox Display Window

This amazing window display for Hermès was created by Thibault Zimmermann and Lucie Thomas aka Zim&Zou, who we’ve featured previously. While many of the objects are papercraft, the fox was made from leather.

Paper Submachine Gun Kit

Paper Submachine Gun Kit

The perfect weapon for cardboard warfare, this papercraft kit provides die-cut templates for your very own Heckler & Koch MP7A1 submachine gun, complete with removable clip. Guaranteed not to fire actual bullets.

Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams

Paul Bischof builds insanely detailed papercraft models of race cars. Ultimately, his knowledge of car design and attention to detail has led him to a career designing actual Formula 1 parts for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team.

Cut Paper Light Boxes

Cut Paper Light Boxes

Artists Hari & Deepti create intricate illustrations by cutting and layering sheets of paper, then adding LED light. In plain white light, they’re ethereal, when illuminated, they’re magical. Watch them make a huge version here here.

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