3D Building Papercraft With Grid Paper!!




Introduction: 3D Building Papercraft With Grid Paper!!

About: Hi! I'm knexinventions 49, a kid who loves to build, program, inspect element, play, and more. As my username suggests, most of my 'ibles will be on Knex, but I have some other ones with paper. I'm currently n…

Hi! I'm here today following up my 3D Buildings on Grid paper 'ible with a papercraft version of it- you can now turn your awesome grid paper buildings into real objects!! More of a concept like the last one, but still cool. Have fun with it!

I just entered this in the Crafting 101 contest. Please vote! I would greatly appreciate it.

Step 1: Materials

For your 3D building, you will need:

  • A 3D Building Drawing (see next step)
  • An X-acto Knife
  • Glue (preferably hot glue, I found that it worked the best)
  • Q-tip if using liquid glue

FOR COMPLEX MODELS (as seen in the first few pictures):

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  • about 10 hours if you want it to turn out good

WARNING: Complex models are incredibly time consuming. I worked on it for 3 hours yesterday, woke up today at 6am today and finished at 5pm. Seriously, this is a major project. But still make it, please. I'd love to see it! ;)

Step 2: Make Your 3D Building

First, you're going to have to take you 3D building (or make one here if you haven't) and use it as your model. The building you chose will be what you turn into a real object.

Step 3: The Grid Paper

Papercrafts have to be sturdy. The regular grid paper that you'd be using is too flimsy and hard to work with in terms of papercraft. I created grid paper templates for you to print on cardstock paper. Cardstock paper is commonly used for papercrafts, because of it's thickness.

  • You could use the two grid paper templates and print them off on cardstock paper, links are here...

    1 Inch Grid Paper

    1 Centimeter Grid Paper

  • You could draw grid paper on a sheet of cardstock paper using a ruler, but this tends to have crooked lines, so only use this if you really want to...
  • Or, you could glue grid paper onto the cardstock paper.

Step 4: Converting the 3D Building Into 2D Segments

Now the title of this step might be confusing, so I'll explain: basically what you're going to do is turn the building into individual pieces that can be folded to be put together. Once you have finished making the pieces, you can continue to the next step.

The images below explain the conversion visually.

Turns into...

(Actually, ^^that^^ was only supposed to be 2 squares tall.)

Step 5: Building It!

This is the most fun step: putting it together. Fold all the pieces where they should be creased. Use any method of gluing it together. The picture shows liquid glue, which I tried at first, but moved on to hot glue.

Step 6: Other Details

So now, you're done with the building... and if you want it to just be like that, then great, YOUR DONE! ...but if you want to keep adding, then continue. I made up a few ways to add on some fun...

  • Glue it on to a sheet of paper. Make an outline of the building's foundation on the paper, then glue it down however you like.
  • Make a city. This idea's name explains itself.
  • LED's!! Before adding on the paper on the bottom, put a small LED circuit inside the outline to make the thing glow! But then, make sure to cut out a part of the building for the wires. And make the switch outside the building, too.

Step 7: Done!

You now have a drawing and a real model of your awesome 3D building! Thanks for viewing, and if you made it, please do an "I Made It!" post. I'd love to see it. Remember to Vote!

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    4 years ago

    Very nice! came across a software called 123D Make that turns 3D models into papercraft templates. Isn't quite the same as doing it by hand but it certainly saves a few hours.