Cardboard Dinosaur Puzzle

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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. 
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Step 1: Materials

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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. 

Step 2: Find or Make a Template

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The first thing that you need to do is find a template that you like. You can find quite a few with a simple Google search. My favorites are these two by instuctacles users kaptaink_cg and stevemoseley:

Stevemosley actually made his from scratch by scanning a picture of a T-Rex skeleton and modeling it with CAD software.

Another way to get a template is to purchase a small 3D wood puzzle from your local craft store, then scan it and enlarge it to the size that you want. I have included several patterns in Step 8 that I scanned from puzzles that I recently purchased.

In the end, I decided to use a pteranodon template that I got from Kaptaink_cg's instructable.
hvergilas jr.3 months ago
That is really cool!
Is it possible to get the file in vector format?
Sorry, I just scanned the puzzles. But you can easily enlarge the pictures or trace them in an editing program.
battman20365 months ago
Congrats on the award. Well deserved.
quirxi5 months ago
Cooool ! Thank You !!! :)
Woodit7 months ago
Thanks for sharing, I will try it!
javl7 months ago
Nice model. Here is a related project I did with Jiskar:
kaptaink_cg7 months ago
Very cool!!
rexxkentrix7 months ago
thanks alot!
(not a very good english)
poofrabbit7 months ago
Awesome this is great!

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