Paper Harlem Shakers




Introduction: Paper Harlem Shakers

Doing the Harlem Shake is so exhausting!
I have been shaking for nearly 3 months now... straight.
Time to hand over the responsibility to some paper guy that I can put on whatever shakes. The car, the washing machine, grandma, ...

Make as many as you like and let your mini-me shake it for you.

Step 1: You Need

  • Paper: This works with every kind of paper, but I like crafting with 160 g / m2 (instead of normal 80), and I am quite sure you also will.
  • Glue: Quick-drying.
  • Scissors: And other optional crafting stuff, like tweezers, pins, mini scissors, cutter. Take a look at the photo.
  • A printer
  • A photo: Of the person you want to Harlem Shake. Or you can choose from the faces in the template.

Step 2: Preparing

You can choose between the original pink guy who showed off his abilities in the original video, or you can make your own, which would be great.
Therefore, print page 2 (original) or page 3 (custom) from the PDF.

You will see a circle for your own face, if you want to build yourself. That is the size you should fill with your face, it matches roughly the size of a passport photo. But you can also use the faces of Filthy Frank, Storm Trooper, or Motor Cycle Helmet Guy.

If you choose the custom version, you should color the template before you build it. Check what parts will be which body parts later and color them according to that. 
Here you can see 4 versions, that match the guys in the original video.

Step 3: Crafting

To keep it simple, I show how to glue the guy with a blank light gray template.
  • The legs: 3 parts. Glue them like on the first 2 pictures. The round parts should be bent with a pen first, this makes it easier for you to glue the flaps to the other sides. Then glue it on the round floor part.
  • The body:1 part. Same as with the legs, bend the round areas first. Assemble it like in picture 3.
  • The arms:4 parts. To make them easier to roll and heavier, I made a long rolling-space. Where the gray area starts, the arm should be glued together. Join the parts like on the 4th picture, but make sure that the hands are pointing in the right directions (Not like I did on the picture. I had to operate the shoulder after the photo session).
Join the halves like on the 5th picture. This should give the figure enough room to wobble. You can also glue it together like on the last picture, then he looks a bit more done.

Then glue the face you chose on the head.

Step 4: Shaking

Make as many as you need for an authoritative Harlem Shake!

The dashboard of an old car qualified for a great dance floor.
Or make him move with a hair dryer.
Be creative!

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great instructable! Can`t stop watching the video ;D


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Super Funny, I would like to see a youtube complication of paper 'Harlem Shakes' it would be great! Keep up the good work!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Cute idea and video! One small suggestion: A stationary backdrop would be nice for those viewers (like me) prone to motion sickness! ;)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    As soon as i saw this i had to make one, quite easy but fiddly, I taped it to the sub woofer on my desk. I'll upload a video if i can.

    hahaha. awesome! During the crazy shake portion of the video, your gangnam guy kept peeping inbetween the shakers and looked like he was also jumping around hidden behind one of the guys. At the end I understood he was sitting on the shelf :)