Introduction: Paper Pop-Up Cube

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In this Instructable, I'll be showing you how to make a Rubber-Band-powered Paper Pop-Up Box (wow! Have some hyphens!) I hope you enjoy this over-hyphenated probably-grammatically-incorrect Instructable!

As you can probably tell, the box starts out in a flattened state (Pic 2), and the rubber band pulls it back into a cube shape (Pic 3). If you let go fast enough, it will "pop" back into a cube.

This is perfect for making a birthday card more exciting, a business card literally pop, or just making a fun, cheap toy! (You can also try stacking multiple cubes for an interesting chain-reaction!)

You will need:

-a sheet of cardstock (regular printer paper is too flimsy)



-a small rubber band (the smaller the better)

I hope you enjoy it! I would love to hear your feedback (unless it's about my excessive use of hyphens). :)

Step 1: Print and Cut the Template

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Print this template that I found online.

Cut out just the outline of the template for now. It should now look like pic 3.

Now CAREFULLY pay attention to which other black lines you need to cut!

There are two diagonal lines that need to be cut, one between where it says 2b and 2b, and another between 3b and 3b. Refer to the notes on the pictures if that doesn't make sense.

Leave alone the parts that say 1b for now.

Step 2: Glue and Cut the "Hooks"

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Now find the parts that say 1b.

Fold them backward along the green line and glue them down. If you are using a glue stick, pinch it closed for 20-30 seconds. If you're using liquid glue, I'm sorry...

Once those are fairly dry (2-4 minutes), you can cut out the little triangle-ish outlines on the "hooks" (Pics 2-5). You don't have to actually cut out the triangle, just make it so the rubber band has something to hold onto. You kind of just have to bend it and snip it a little at a time, or just use an Exacto knife.

Step 3: Fold Everything

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Notice the beautiful colors on the template:

-Red lines will be folded "in"/toward you if you are looking at the side with the ink on it.

-Green lines will be folded the opposite way, but will get messed up later, so don't worry about it too much.

It should look like pic 3 now.

Step 4: Start Glueing

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Now the numbers and letters come into play.

The numbers are obviously representative of the order in which you should glue things.

The letters represent which side of the paper you should apply the glue to.

-b stands for "back", so put the glue on the back (the side without ink)

-f stands for "front", so put the glue on the front (the side with ink)


Step 5: Get Stretchy!

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It should look like pic 1 by now. Remember not to glue tab 6 yet.

Get your rubber band. I had to double-wrap mine, but if yours is small enough, you don't have to.

Loop one end around one of the "hooks." Make sure it fits snug and won't go anywhere.

Now stretch the other end of the rubber band to the other "hook." As soon as you let go, your cube will snap shut like a clam. No pearl for you!

Step 6: Finishing Touches

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Apply glue to the back side of tab 6.

You will have to stick your fingers inside the cube to pinch it closed. Hold it for a few seconds so the glue can bond.

Now push the sides in so it will be a rectangle when you flatten it.

Now flatten it and try it out!

Step 7: Variations

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Don't keep it as a boring white cube! Make it into something awesome!

I turned mine into a rabbit with some extra paper and some colored pencils.

I would love to see what you can do with it! :)

P.S. I thought it would be cool to turn it into a business card. Your wallet (perhaps made out of paracord) should hold it flat, but when you take it out, it becomes a cube!


KyleP69 (author)2017-08-06

interesting craft :)

Would recomend hot glue though. I also found the exacto knife to be faster and more precise

Hewkii (author)2015-02-04

WOW!!!! This was easy to make and fun!!!!

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