Introduction: Instructables Robot GIANT PAPERCRAFT

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Since 2011 I've been actively posting my creative work at and exploring projects contributed to the website by other members. Along the way, several of my projects were featured by the Instructables staff and favorited by thousands of viewers. In 2014, Instructables' parent company Autodesk contacted me about making a creative package to be used as a promotion of the Instructables brand and a showcase of my capabilities as one of the website's valued members. The complete project scope included a large showcase model for sales presentations, miniature papercraft kits for community giveaways, and assorted digital media for online publishing and advertising.

The client's primary request was to "create an ideal vehicle for the yellow robot of the Instructables logo which captures the fun and quirky elements of his appearance". After my three initial proposed options we proceeded with a conceptual 1960's BMW Isetta inspired bubble car completely modified by my imagination while being consistent to the Instructables brand.

Early on, my goal was to go beyond simply creating a fun artwork for a new client. I wanted to use this creative opportunity to bring maximum brand exposure for Instructables to the viewing audience. I accomplished this by obtaining branded apparel and various items from Instructables which I used strategically throughout the production with an emphasis on social media promotion. The result was an ongoing stream of creative content for my viewers, a highly educational experience for me, and more referrals for my client from new market groups.

The completed one of a kind showcase model measures 49x30x32" (125x75x82cm), weighing 10lbs (4.5kg). Because "fun and quirky" is very much a part of my design aesthetic, and the amount of creative freedom given to me by the client, this was easily one of my favorite and most fulfilling client projects to date.


Watch this video to see how the entire project progressed from start to completion.

Want to experience this project as I did? Watch this Artist POV video and immerse yourself in the creative process.

Step 1: Production Walkthrough

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X-Acto Board Cutter
Dewalt Folding Utility Knife
Fiskars Cutting Mat
Sharpie Magnum
Canon EOS 60D
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8
GoPro HERO3+ Black
GoPro Headstrap Mount
Vanguard Alta Pro Tripod
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Camera Raw
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Premiere
Adobe SpeedGrade
Adobe AfterEffects
Maxon Cinema 4D
Pepakura Designer

Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue
Large-format adhesive printer paper


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( Colossians 3:23 - 24 )


Ethan1023 (author)2017-11-09

I like the flair in putting the verse at the very end!

Kiteman (author)2015-01-07

How did I miss this the first time around?

visualspicer (author)Kiteman2015-01-07

It's about time you showed up. ;)

Kiteman (author)visualspicer2015-01-08

I saw it on the front page banner, and came looking for it. Is there a motorised version yet?

Lakes57 (author)2014-09-10

Am I the only one who wants to see a motorized R/C version?

Thinking mobility scooter chassis for the large version, bonus feature would be to have the steering wheel and/or instructabot head turn. :)

Kiteman (author)Lakes572015-01-07


KROKKENOSTER (author)2014-09-05

Areal eye catcher if I dare to say this Brought back memories of high school days one friend of my Dad had one of them with the motorcycle engine between the rear wheels and one door only the front swept open and the steering wheel tilted to the one side

Ironwave (author)2014-09-05

THIS is Awesome!

I only know about Messerschmidt's that looked like this, but im not really a car fan.

Still, I love the idea.

visualspicer (author)Ironwave2014-09-05

Thank you. That means a lot, coming from a non-car-fan. :)

JamesT4 (author)2014-09-04

This was a great production but is it really "in the spirit" of an Instructable? The resources you used are beyond the reach of 99% of your audience and you didn't really provide instructions for anyone to recreate your project.

visualspicer (author)JamesT42014-09-04

I wanted to personally thank you for joining Instructables to troll on this project. In case you missed the point, it doesn't get more "instructables" than this.

JamesT4 (author)visualspicer2014-09-04

I'm not sure what a troll is. I've been receiving emails from for several months so I guess I technically joined months ago. I didn't mean to upset you. I just didn't consider THIS instructable as being in the spirit of what the site is about for a couple reasons. The first being that the resources you employed are way out of the scope for the vast majority of the viewers on here. The equipment and software you used are VERY expensive. You had pretty photographs and a fun to watch video but this INSTRUCTable lacked any instruction. THIS instructable was more akin to watching one of those "How Its Made" shows on TV.

I viewed the link Jerry (askJerry) pointed out. Now that is a good instructable! Maybe you should lead with that next time.

Ironwave (author)JamesT42014-09-05

Your like "My quartz watch of 5 dollars do all that your 500k minute repeater does".
You are a joke.
Great Ideas don't need explanation or even affirmation.

JamesT4 (author)Ironwave2014-09-05

Sent you a "private message" Mr. Ironwave. I had to read your post a couple of times. I think you meant to say, "You're like..."

askjerry (author)JamesT42014-09-04

Normally I'm the first one to jump on someone when they post a picture of something and call it an Instructable... but he did offer another with a smaller size that you can build here. So in that case, I'll look at this one as an announcement, and the other as being the "rest of the story" so to speak.

Pretty incredible job actually.

visualspicer (author)askjerry2014-09-04

Welcome back Jerry, nice to see you again. ;) Thanks for the compliments.

stephenfitton (author)2014-09-04

My previous choice as a man with a paper future has been confirmed. Seconded by Instructables. Keep creating!

With hard work and dedication, you can do just about anything.

stephenfitton (author)2014-09-04

My previous choice as a man with a paper future has been confirmed. Seconded by Instructables. Keep creating!

Raphango (author)2014-09-04

Beautiful!! =D Congrats!!

Jayefuu (author)2014-09-04

I love Isettas! Such a great car :D

Jayefuu (author)Jayefuu2014-09-04

Also, that was a brilliantly produced video!

visualspicer (author)Jayefuu2014-09-04

Thank you Jayefuu. Isetta's are awesome, especially where there's an Instructables robot driving one. :)

Jayefuu (author)visualspicer2014-09-04

Can we have a miniature Isetta papercraft model PLEAAAAASE? :D

I8mAll (author)Jayefuu2014-09-04

My uncle had one in the 60's. One day a gust of wind picked it up as he drove a major road - it rolled six times and came to rest on its wheels again, engine still running. My uncle described the experience as the entire world revolving around him. A police officer who saw the event described it as "The funniest crash he had ever seen"

visualspicer (author)I8mAll2014-09-04

Woooh, now there's a great Isetta story.

I8mAll (author)2014-09-04

It is hard find words to express my level of admiration for something so intensely fascinating. It mixes delightful whimsy with hard work and ingenuity. I wish I had a Bubble Car to customise and take the theme further.

Can you make the nets available to let me make a paper version?

visualspicer (author)I8mAll2014-09-04

Thank you! Have a look at part 2 of this project. There's a downloadable there.

domenic3 (author)2014-09-03

looks soo good

jbrizzle (author)2014-09-03

Unbelievably amazing. Love the video coverage.

visualspicer (author)jbrizzle2014-09-03

Fun to make and watch. Thanks!

M.C. Langer (author)2014-09-02

This is absolutely AWESOME! Amazing job, Visualspicer!

visualspicer (author)M.C. Langer2014-09-03

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

RuudvandeLooij (author)2014-09-03

Hero material, both Instructabot and you for making him. Great work.

Thanks! It's fun where there's such a great mascot to work with. :)

Natalina (author)2014-09-03

This turned out so well! Nice job!

visualspicer (author)Natalina2014-09-03

Thanks Natalina!

Noble_Knight (author)2014-09-02

Those are great verses! We should all live like this.


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