Introduction: The Paper Puzzle

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I first made this foldable and pocket sized paper puzzle to fight against boredom during philosophy classes in high school. I ended making up to 27 for my classmates and some of them became very addicted to it, included me... so this instructable is dedicated to very bored student/worker that looks for a cure for boredom  ;D

Step 1: Materials

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There are two versions depending on available materials:

VERSION 1:
Transparent tape

Paper Template 1
Scissors
Pencil

VERSION 2:
Glue

Paper Template 2
Scissors
Pencil

Step 2: Paper Templates

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- The longest side of the paper has to be devided in 8 parts and the shortest in 4 parts.
- The final length of the toy will be the lenght of the side devided in 4 parts.
- If you want the toy to have cubes, then the longest side has to be twice as big as the shortest, otherwise you'll get rectangles.
- It can be made in any size. The bigger it will be, the thicker the paper should be.
- The only difference between both templates are the 8 flaps for the glue. In this instructable I'll make version 1.

Step 3: Folding

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Instead of drawing the lines (that dirts the paper) I fold the paper in halfs till I get the number of divisions wanted.

Step 4: Cutting

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- The red lines in these templates show where to cut the paper.
- To make it easier, fold the paper half and cut it as shown in Picture 3.
- To cut the middle part just pop up the paper and cut it. (Picture 6)
- The purple areas in template 2 show where you have to stick the flaps.

Step 5: Sticking

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All you have to do now is to stick the extremes of the paper in the middle as shown in the pictures.

Step 6: Lets Play!

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The video (sorry for the quality) shows how to play with the paper puzzle. Enjoy!

Comments

Connected Sparks made it! (author)2014-10-14

Beautiful surface motions. Loved making and playing with this puzzle!

ynze (author)2012-10-21

pretty! Reminds me of the hexaflegons vibe a few weeks ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIVIegSt81k&feature=share&list=UUOGeU-1Fig3rrDjhm9Zs_wg

Y.

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