Introduction: How to Make a MoodMonster for Your Desk

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Ever had trouble communicating your emotions? Workmates invade your cubicle when you really want to be left alone, or seem to avoid you when you have good news to spread?

Let me introduce you to MoodMonster. This little palm-sized guy can sit on your desk or computer monitor, showing your mood to all who pass.

Step 1: What You Need.

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All you need are the template (there are several versions attached) something to cut with, and something to stick with.

If you use a craft knife for your cutting, you'll need a cutting mat or sacrificial surface to cut on.

For the sticking, a glue-stick is fine, but I use PVA craft glue - it takes longer to make each joint, but the glue adds strength to the paper. I'll be writing these instructions as if you are using PVA or other liquid glue.

Step 2: Limbs

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Start with the limbs - cut out the body / legs / arms (they're all in one piece), fold the legs up at the soles of the feet and the arms down at the shoulder.  Have a look at the photos to get a clearer idea of what I mean.

Glue the (rather hefty) thighs, and press them firmly in place. Set the piece to one side for the glue to dry, and turn to the face.

Step 3: The Face

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The face is in two parts - eyes and mouth - which are identical in shape, so treat both the same.

Cut them out, and crease all the dotted lines. If you are using card, I recommend scoring first.

Note that the corners fold inwards - glue the inside of this fold, and pinch to make it stick. When you have stuck all four corners of the first half of the face, set it to one side and do the same with the second half.

When you have stuck the corners of the second half, go back to the first half and glue the flaps that hold down the final face of the cuboid shape. To make sure it dries in shape, stand the cuboid upside down. Repeat with the second half, then go back to the body.

If you want, you can make the pieces of the face inside out, and draw your own features instead of those already in place.

Step 4: Body

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Once the limbs are dry, crease all the other fold-lines of the body. Glue the flaps, fold into shape and press the flaps firmly to make the joints. Leave it to dry before doing anything else.

Once the joints are dry, you can curve the horns with your fingers, and drag the tail over the back of a knife-blade to make it curl.

Step 5: Completion and Options.

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Once everything is dry, all you have to do is choose the features you want people to see, slot them into place, and stand your MoodMonster proudly on guard over your domain...

I like plain-white papercrafts, but MoodMonster lends himself to colours - you could print it on coloured paper, or add colours to the templates to print (I've included a JPEG and an SVG file of the template for you to pay with).

As ever, if you make a MoodMonster, or a version of him, please post a picture, and if you do something interesting with the templates, post a copy of those as well.

Step 6: Emergency MoodMonster!

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Instructables member tate31nym is a 911 operator (bows low to the worthy one), and used MoodMonsters as seasonal decorations - that is very cool, and they even sent me a photo of them in action, and one of them's a girl!

(I love the little Santa hat - maybe, dear readers, you could post pictures of them in other seasonal attire?)

Step 7: Mood Got Wood!

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This is simply awesome - member _fatguy has recreated Mood Monster in actual carpentry!

Look - grain, hinges, the works!

Hopefully he'll write up his own instructable on the several he made, but for now just gaze in wonder at the woodiness...


_fatguy made it! (author)2015-07-29

When I started at my current office job 4 years ago, I thought the mood monster would be a good desk toy to have. So I made the standard one from an 8.5 X 11 sheet. The little guy served me well, however, since I moved into my new office, and he became prominently displayed, he's been getting some abuse. Several staff members here tend to flick him onto my desk. It's been happening for over a year now, and the sturdy design has shown only minor damage. Still, I thought he could use some backup. So I made the medium one out of an 11 X 17 sheet, and the 14 inch high wood one.I pranked one of the prolific flickers by producing progressively larger monsters out from under my desk earlier today. It went over well.
A bit about the big one. It's made out of pine shelving. It has all 8 facial features, which can slide in place on tongue and groove channels. As these are just front and back wood planks (with the faces painted on in acrylic), the body has built in storage. The arms are hinged with coiled pins (which my company makes), so they move up and down. everything is finished with 3 coats of varathane. I was intending on drafting an Instructable of how I made it, but as the project took a better part of a year (I'm a new father, hobby time is a luxury) I stopped photographing the progress.

Kiteman (author)_fatguy2015-07-29

(You might like step 7...)

Kiteman (author)_fatguy2015-07-29

Oh... words simply fail me, that is so awesome!!

You should really write up what you can, it would be so popular!

DIY hacker (author)2013-10-16

you are always rocks.

Kiteman (author)DIY hacker2013-10-16

Thank you!

Kiteman (author)DIY hacker2013-10-16

Thank you!

Kiteman (author)2012-04-09

Haha, love the googly eyes!

Kiteman (author)2012-04-08

You're welcome - perhaps you could share photos?

monkeynuts (author)2012-03-11

Cool i made one and its fun LoL!

Kiteman (author)monkeynuts2012-03-11


ThaAWESOMEducttapeguy (author)2011-12-13

should probably have used thicker paper/card. my bad!

_fatguy (author)2011-12-09

This is great, love it. thanks!

Kiteman (author)_fatguy2011-12-10

And thank you for the kind comment.

micraman (author)2011-10-09

Great creation really need one for my desk when i'm studying lol!
I find UHU glue is great on paper. Just apply a verrrryyy thin coat on both surfaces. then blow the so that they have a matt surface. Then just stick em together for an instant bond. It still remains positionable for some time and is very strong when set. Just me 2 cents.

Dimitri2012 (author)2011-10-08

"(I've included a JPEG and an SVG file of the template for you to pay with)." 

Kiteman (author)Dimitri20122011-10-08

Good catch - I'll fix that.

80$man (author)2011-10-04

Kiteman! Epic desk companions are go! I used your template, but I had no glue, so I used dubble side tape and cellotape. Also, I moved and reinforced the arms by backing the paper with cellotape, now monster can hang from my desk lamp. I backed the paper of the tail and between the legs with white dubble sided tape, good for adhering the monster to various surfaces:
See the pics:
monster must feature in future instructables as a prop to convey emotions!

Kiteman (author)80$man2011-10-04

Hehe, nice use of the wee beastie!

paul bunyan (author)2011-09-17

can u make slides so u don't have to make a new 1 each time?

Kiteman (author)paul bunyan2011-09-17

The eyes and mouth lift out and can be turned around - all the photos are of the same MoodMonster, not several MoodMonsters.

lemonie (author)2011-09-15

Can you add a picture of a "Happy MoodMonster", for balance?


Kiteman (author)lemonie2011-09-16

Done - step 5

lemonie (author)Kiteman2011-09-16

Oh yes, nice.


Kiteman (author)lemonie2011-09-15

Will-do, but tomorrow.

capricorn (author)2011-09-16

This is absolutely Hilarious. I'm doing one of those tomorrow first thing :)

Thank you for sharing mate. :)

Kiteman (author)capricorn2011-09-16

You're welcome - post pictures of your finished MoodMonster?

tqwerty (author)2011-09-15

This is so adorable!

Love it!

ChrysN (author)2011-09-15

Cool, I'm making one of these.

AndyGadget (author)2011-09-15

That looks a bit like Evil Edna.
(The Moog was my favourite #;¬)

Kiteman (author)AndyGadget2011-09-15

Ohh! I never thought of that! It must be my inner child playing with my imagination.

You know, it wouldn't be much work to tun this into an Evil Edna...

sunshiine (author)2011-09-15

Love the mood monster! I need one of those! Very creative.

Kiteman (author)sunshiine2011-09-15

So, go make one - that's what the templates are for!

sunshiine (author)Kiteman2011-09-15

I will! I am making more than 1 (for having a bad day people) that cross my path! It could be the one thing that would lift their spirits! Thanks for the template! Have a stupendous day!

Kryptonite (author)2011-09-15

I need one that tells people I'm only angry when they've come to disturb me.

Kiteman (author)Kryptonite2011-09-15

You'll have to draw your own features for that one...

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