Introduction: The Most Basic Paperman

Picture of The Most Basic Paperman

This is a really-basic paperman that goes arround me from the last 25 years.

I did it lots of changes, now it is a lot more complex, it can hold banners with messages (I always had one telling something, sitting on my computer's screen at work) and looks a lot more human, but this is the basics you can start with.

Just 13 cuts on the paper, and 10 creases, and it stand of its own or sits as a person.

It becames better with smooth shoulders (cut them quarter a square in diagonal) and with the head slightly tilted, but it means two more cuts and one more bend and now I'm talking about minimuns. May be other day.

I hope it makes you smile! Thanks for your time!


antrace123 (author)2017-03-22

I made it! it looks like I just took it out the computer! thanks infob!

OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)2011-05-23

I like it, and as a stop-motion maker myself, I can see it does have loads of potential. :D

However, I believe it may be better suited in the "Paper" category, under "Living". :)

infob (author)OrigamiAirEnforcer2011-05-23

I will try to change it, if I know how.

And feel free to use it, if you want. What is more, I will post a complete-to-date evolution of the dummy if you want to.

timnitro (author)infob2012-04-28

can you post one of your newer better paper dudes????

infob (author)2012-03-23

You can take a look of the karate version, with different arms:

Have fun!

vinaydeee (author)2012-02-06

great instructable  .keep ur good work.............. !

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raichufan99 (author)2011-08-29

i am, so gonna make this and then post a pic of it

infob (author)2011-08-24

I've just published a new instructable, PaperSmurfs:

an1153 (author)2011-08-12


gewalop (author)2011-07-14

its nice thx :)

algohary (author)2011-07-11

liked it ...thanks are some ideas i made (in Arabic )

infob (author)algohary2011-07-11

Thanks, the sportman is great, I never put it in that position.

twturley47 (author)2011-06-16

Great project,
just thought I'd let you know, I downloaded a graph paper template, filled in the
squares with mspaint cut him out and taped him to my monitor at work.
This was about a week ago. I've had him stolen three time's now!
I guess my co-worker's think this is a great project also!

infob (author)twturley472011-06-25

Thanks, I laugh a little with your post, really thanks.

dseville (author)infob2011-07-03

ummmmmmmm not to disturbig umm what is the size

infob (author)dseville2011-07-03

The heighf of the dummy in the pictures is 32mm tall, 36mm long including feet.
It works fine in plain paper up to double this size. From 10cm and up it should be cut in cardboard to stands up properly.

twturley47 (author)dseville2011-07-03

I used 1/2 innch squares on grey heavy bond inkjet paper. last week left out 3
printed templates. they Are gone but robbie is still there.

sdavidson3 (author)2011-06-30

Thanks. This is really cool!

LexiLovesPie (author)2011-06-29

I need to make an army of these that will make English and math class more interesting for sure

luc.dof1 (author)2011-06-17

Very good, it's so fun. And I like it.

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infob (author)Kuhne2011-05-28

It is fun. Thanks for post-it.

icelandinthesun (author)2011-05-28

what is the best material (kind of paper) to make it out of if 4 year olds are going to make him jump and run?

infob (author)icelandinthesun2011-05-28

Whatever you want.
Cardboard is a little better when there are kids involved.
One time I did one in an IDE bus so...
Simply try materials. It is cheap!

Kuhne (author)icelandinthesun2011-05-28

I get best results from the flat variety

Zmathews (author)2011-05-27

i like it , vey cool

gregor aitken (author)2011-05-26

This is defo going to distract me from maths ;D cheers matee :)

kaosfury (author)2011-05-24

Would love to see the more complex ones. Would like to have one that can hold a banner for a Message of the Day type thing on my work desk.

dchristine (author)2011-05-24

this is so simple, original & fantastic. thanks for the inspiration!

Supernewby (author)2011-05-23

So cute!

ynze (author)2011-05-23

Great little project! I like it a lot!

waffletiem (author)2011-05-23

thats awesome, i really like the idea! i can't see the other steps though... or is there just the one? either way, he looks so cute

Kiteman (author)2011-05-23

I like it - he's is just begging to be turned into a stop-motion animation.

infob (author)Kiteman2011-05-23

I always think the same; a stop-motion animation like Harry Hausen ones, running 3cm tall aventures in your own house...

Kiteman (author)infob2011-05-23

So, now you know what to do for your next Instructable!

crossfire (author)2011-05-23

It's simple, it's fun, it's great!

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