Introduction: Fun Cardboard Toy

This is my first Instructable. I will show you how to make a Cardboard toy. I didn't make it up, and I don't know what it's called, but you can turn it inside-out forever, or until it breaks.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

What you will need to make this project is:
Scotch tape
Something to measure with (I used a measuring tape, but I would recommend a ruler)
Something to color with (Like Colored pencils or markers)
Pen or Pencil (Pencil recommended)

Step 2: Make Lines and Color Cardboard

Make a rectangle that is three times longer than it's width I made one that was10 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Next, divide the rectangle into three Squares that are 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches, by making two lines that stretches the width of the rectangle. Then draw one line down the length of the rectangle in pencil (this is the only line that should be erased) Next, draw an "X" on all six of the small rectangles. Then draw Three lines across the width of the rectangle, cutting the squares in half. Finally erase the line that stretches the length of the biggest rectangle and start coloring. (It should help if you look at the picture) There should be four different colors. (After you understand how they are put together you can draw different pictures on them)

Step 3: Cutting and Folding

Cut out the biggest rectangle. Fold all the lines (one at a time) so that you can see the part you colored. Unfold it.

Step 4: Folding Together and Taping

(Look at all the pictures on this page) Fold it into a hexagon. Tape it together. Fold the top part in toward the center. repeat this step on the bottom until both the top and bottom are touching, and tape them together. (In my case they were the red ones) If you did everything right, you should be done. sorry I can't think of a better way to explain this. I did my best, and if you have a question, you can post it. Also, if you can explain it better than me, you can add suggestions or make one yourself. I would like to see your cardboard toys.

Thank you.


voltwala made it! (author)2014-10-19

its really cool...
is it have a level up...

otmpp made it! (author)2013-08-14

how do you play with this

MagicMusicMystery made it! (author)2013-07-22

Its called a hexaflexagon my friend makes these a lot. She does it to where there are little pictures that move when you flip it they're really awesome.

yapoyo made it! (author)2012-06-09

I made one of these kaleidocycles in math.

The Jamalam made it! (author)2009-02-19

these are called flexagons, this particular one a hexaflexagon

peach_fart made it! (author)peach_fart2009-04-11

actually its a quadrahexaflexagon.

The Jamalam made it! (author)The Jamalam2009-04-12


peach_fart made it! (author)peach_fart2009-04-12

4 faces hexagon shape and a flexagon, its a quadrahexaflexagon.


I love geometry..

mo5 made it! (author)mo52009-09-02

you got served

robertjames made it! (author)robertjames2011-05-08

actually its called a kaleidocycle

quesoman made it! (author)2009-02-15

very fun to play with....mine didn't work very well... nice instructable though


Thank you. Feel free to post pictures if you're not embarressed by them.

NitroRustlerDriver made it! (author)2009-01-26

Here is a picture of one I made. I drew it in AutoCAD, and hatched the different areas with different patterns. I just printed it on regular printer paper then covered it in clear contact paper. It's a little bit flimsy/flexible, but it works fine. I think if I would have put contact paper on the back as well as the front, it would have been better.


That looks very good. Thank you for sharing.

cantthinkof bettername made it! (author)2008-10-18

What is it? I don't know if I can change my name now.

peach_fart made it! (author)peach_fart2008-10-18

just ask eric to change it to "this is better than my last name"


I don't know, my last name is pretty cool

fancypenguin845 made it! (author)2008-08-14

we made these in art class. i got mine taken away for playing with it during class :)

Kiteman made it! (author)2008-08-04

You seem to have uploaded all your images as bitmaps, but with the tmp extension. You need to reload them with the bmp extension so that they show up properly on the screen.


I think it's fixed now Thank you.

Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-08-04

You're welcome - you might as well remove the tmp files - they're just in the way.

Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-08-05

Much better.

rickharris made it! (author)2008-08-04

It's called a flexagon. ref - wiki


Thanx. I was told that by my old math teacher, but I looked them up and they weren't the same. I guess there must be different kinds.

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