Here is a simple but impressive paper structure for you to try 😉
Lightly score grey dots for uniform folds. (Do not cut right through)
Cut right through parallel grey lines.
Cut out frame & discard waste.
Cut right through grey centre lines so that frame is in two halves.
Carefully fold grey dots.
Push frame pieces inside each other to make elevated rays stand upwards. Fix with glue or tape. Then Display!
Resize (if necessary), using paint or other editing tool. Print it off on any type of paper, plain or coloured looks great or get a more solid look using glossy photo paper, but it is a little trickier to cut and fold. The cutting lines are on the back of this structure once finished so, don’t worry about them showing.
By using countless folds and creases to suggest highlights and shadow I have forged an image of the worlds most famous female portrait, ‘The Mona Lisa’ into a plain piece of A4 paper. Hard to make out at first, I agree. It’s my very 1st attempt at this style of decorative papercraft work, which I call ‘Haunted Papercraft’ as the image is faint and ghostlike.
Basic paper crafting doesn’t need much more than a pair of scissors and your design, drawn or ideally printed on it so that you can carefully cut it out and add glue to stick it together.
As you progress in paper craft, your models become more precise and will have finer detail to deal with. I suggest the following items for good, neat and tidy paper craft models:
A Craft knife or scalpel for perfect cuts
Cocktail sticks are ideal for applying glue and aren’t as messy as a brush
Matt photo paper is great for pliability and prints much brighter colours than basic or cheaper paper
PVA glue is safe, strong, dries clear and dries fast.
A steel rule is used for a perfect straight line. Plastic and wooden rulers are too soft and you could cut into the ruler and ruin it and your work.
Scissors are useful for cutting out larger waste paper pieces.
Tweezers are good for picking up small pieces and will even help with creating smaller folds.
Papercraft is a fantastic pastime that is available to everyone who has access to a piece of new (or used), paper and a reliable cutting tool such as a craft knife or pair of scissors.
Even young children can create great ornamental and decorative models with this inexpensive hobby but, should always be supervised when using sharp cutting tools and strong adhesives.
Aeroplane, animal, boat, car and gaming figure templates are popular and are widely available for downloading all over the internet and can be printed out for free if you have a reliable colour printer at home or you could use your local library for internet access and printing for a small fee.