I was recently act my local hobby shop and I picked up a bunch of 3D wood puzzles for my son to put together. They are really cool, but they are a little small.So I decided to take the design, blow them up 500% and make them out of cardboard. Now instead of just being a simple decoration on the shelf, it is big enough to decorate a whole corn of the ceiling and it is still light enough to hang.

In this project, I am going to share with you how to make large dinosaur skeleton puzzles out of cardboard boxes. 

Step 1: Materials

The primary material that you need for this project is corrugated cardboard. For making a large puzzle, I highly recommend using double layered cardboard. If you don't have easy access to two-ply cardboard, don't worry. You can easily make your own by gluing two pieces of regular cardboard together. Spray glue works well for this. 

That is really cool! <br>Is it possible to get the file in vector format?
<p>I converted the files to vector format and have them in dxf, svg, or Silhouette Cameo files.</p>
Do you still have this in the svg? Would like to have it I'll pay for it if you still have it.
Sorry, I just scanned the puzzles. But you can easily enlarge the pictures or trace them in an editing program.
<p>Hi! I'm looking for more dinosaur skeletons for an upcoming class project. Can you help?</p><p>Thanks!</p><p>Christy</p>
I have posted all the models that I have. But you can always check your local crafts stores for more.
<p>Thanks a lot for sharing the file. I made it with foamboard, it's a little bit complicated than cardboard but it have a better look in my opinion. Greetings from Mexico :D</p>
<p>Awsome, I was thinking the exact samething. Glad to see it works. </p>
<p>do you have instructions for the triceratops? my son's birthday is dino themed and this would be a great addition. thanks so much</p>
<p>Sorry. All I have is the digital picture. You can download that and use it. But you would just have to go by the pictures.</p>
<p>sounds good! thanks!</p>
<p>I made the Triceratops and my little man was very happy. Here he is with his Dinosaur! The head was supost to stay up, but at that scale the small &quot;bone&quot; that held it would have needed to be of a much stronger cardboard.</p>
<p>That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Dear Sir, Can you please give me the templates to my email id : uvlast786@gmail.com . it is so interesting that i want to do for my son....</p><p>raja</p>
<p>Sorry. I don't have the original files any more. But you can save/download the pictures from this site and use those.</p>
<p>Thanks a lot for sharing the file. I made it with foamboard, it's a little bit complicated than cardboard but it have a better look in my opinion. Greetings from Mexico :D</p>
<p>hey ! can anyone send me this pdf or AI files ? i cant download it here :(</p>
<p>Can you send any puzzle cardboard again?</p>
<p>Just save the images of the puzzles and print them out to scale.</p>
Two puzzles complete. The pterosaur has a wingspan of over 3m and is made of a kind of plastic signboard. The plesiosaur is about 1.8m long and made of foam board...a complete nightmare cutting all those pieces...but the kids love them both.
<p>hi, can you send this file to my mail please???</p><p>jesse31@hotmail.de</p><p>THX</p>
<p>This was awesome! I made the triceratops for My 3 year old's Birthday (he's obsessed with dinosaurs), I had the idea and figured i look on Instructables. To my delight it was on the front page. lol meant to be. Anyways, enough of rambling, here is my dino!! About 4ft long, 2ft tall :D</p>
<p>That looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>This was an awesome project. I made it with Corflute (real estate signs) with a 6 ft wingspan.</p><p>I spent some time drawing the outlines and have then as JPeg Files if anyone would like them. email &lt;bigtaniwha@hotmail.com&gt;</p><p>Oh.. and I added a Tail !</p>
<p>Love it! The isn't strictly hoyle, but it's uber-cool. Thanks for identifying your building materials - that's a critical factor. Can I get a copy of the plans, too? <a href="mailto:GlueGunRaR@gmail.com" rel="nofollow">GlueGunRaR@gmail.com</a></p>
<p>hi, can you send this file to my mail please???</p><p>felipemontoya10@live.com.mx</p><p>THNX</p>
<p>Awesome. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>First a little one out of chipboard, then a bigger one on a laser cutter out of 1/4-inch wood. Wingspans about 8 inches and 5-1/2 feet.</p>
<p>Awesome! Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Dear DIY Hacks and How Tos,</p><p>I would like to do for my son on his birthday T Rex and other itmes. Is it possible to give us in PDF format. Thanks </p><p>sarah</p>
<p>The T-Rex designs were referenced from these instructables:</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-6-0-tall-Wooden-T-Rex-Model/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-6-0-tall-W...</a><br><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/T-Rex-Dinosaur-Puzzle-with-different-sizes-and-pos/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/T-Rex-Dinosaur-Puz...</a></p><p>Sorry, but I don't have a pdf creator on this computer. You can find free pdf creators online that can convert the jpeg files into pdf's.</p>
<p>Made this for my daughter's fourth birthday party, which was Paleontologist themed. She really wanted to build a life size fossil. I didn't have any of the proper tools and labored on this with an Exacto knife for far more hours than I care to admit. The wingspan is easily over 6 ft long. She loved it!</p>
<p>Awesome! Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>I used 400gsm cardstock and made two of each image, cutting them out with a Silhouette Cameo, then sticking them together to make a 800gsm cardstock. This is about the limit of thin one can go with cardstock, but it does work. I made one adjustment - I moved the slot for the back legs to the top instead of where it is. Then I moved the middle slot in the back legs correspondingly. This means that this piece then holds by gravity like the ribs. I used A3 cardstock basing the whole structure on the largest the wing claw would fit - it's still quite large.</p>
Congrats on the award. Well deserved.
Cooool ! Thank You !!! :)
Thanks for sharing, I will try it!
Nice model. Here is a related project I did with <a href="https://www.instructables.com/member/Jiskar/" rel="nofollow">Jiskar</a>:<br> <a href="https://tinyurl.com/l63ekeq" rel="nofollow">https://tinyurl.com/l63ekeq</a>
Very cool!!
thanks alot! <br>(not a very good english)
Awesome this is great!

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