Step 1: Materials and tools.
- Corrugated card - enough to draw three copies of the template - maybe one and a half sheets of A4?
- plain paper for templates.
- Glue - I used PVA craft glue, but anything that sticks card will do the job.
- String - three or four metres of slightly-rough string. Not the hairy stuff, but slightly rough.
- A drinking straw.
- A cocktail stick or bamboo barbecue skewer.
- Cutting tools - scissors, craft knife etc. If your card is thick, you will need a large sharp knife like a Stanley knife (I believe Americans call them box-cutters?)
- A drill - it is far easier to drill through several layers of corrugated card than it is to poke a hole.
- A piercing tool - something to make a small hole in the card, such as a sharp pencil, a nail etc.
- Printer or drawing tools.
Step 2: The Gorilla Template
I hand-drew the original (see the scans), and you can do the same, or you can print off a copy of the scanned-and-drawn-over version I have attached as as a PDF. If you cannot see the full-size scans, don't worry. They are mainly an archive of the design process - the PDF file contains everything you need.
Notice that you need several layers of card - the torso and arms are made of three layers, the legs are one layer and the head is an added piece.
- I tilted the different layers of the torso at different angles compared to the ridges in the corrugated card. This made the finished model stronger than if all three layers were at the same angle.