Introduction: Paper Robot

Strong and cute, this paper robot is designed to hold over 100 times its own weight!

You can use it like pencil holder or a place to store your erasers and many other things

The robot in the example picture is measured about 2.5" x 2.5" x 4" (L x W x H).


  • 1 adhesive (glue or tape)
  • 1 writing utensil (pen or pencil)
  • 1 sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper

Step 1: Download/Create a Template of a Box

The body of the paper robot is a box so you are able to download any template of a box or make one yourself

In the pictures, I made a template that will allow me to open and close the lid of the box whenever.

The tabs labeled "1,2,3" are sections that need adhesive and will be used used to attach the planes together/

The planes or sides of the box labeled "a,b,c,d,e,f" and the tabs that have a star symbol, do not need any adhesive.

Step 2: Construct the Box

  1. Put on adhesive on the tabs labelled "1,2,3".

Tabs labelled "1" and "2" are going to attach on the plane labelled "a".

The tab labelled "3" is going to attach to the plane labelled "b"

If using a wet adhesive, wait for the box to completely dry. The box should be open-able from the top when finished.

Step 3: Create the Legs

  1. From the paper scraps, find 4 similar sized pieces of paper that are smaller than one of the planes of the box.
  2. Roll up each paper into a tube of similar circumference from one another and use adhesive to permanently fasten them.

Step 4: Attach the Legs

  1. From one end of a tube, cut vertically down until about a quarter of an inch and flatten the tabs until they look like a flower.
  2. Attach the tubes with the flower faced down on the bottom of the box, opposite of where the lid of the box opens up.
  3. Use adhesive to glue the "flower petals" onto the box.

Step 5: Create the Arms

  1. Find 2 long rectangular strips of paper from the paper scrap. The lengths can vary from the example picture.
  2. Fold each strip of paper into an accordion-style or zig-zag.

Step 6: Attach the Arms

  1. Put adhesive on a small portion or "square" at the ends of each arm
  2. The arms can be placed any where on the planes of the box. In the example picture, I placed both on the front plane, where it is opposite of the hinge of the lid.

Step 7: Decorate and Use

The paper robot is able to withstand the weight of most objects that can fit inside the box because of it's 4 tube-like legs.

You can decorate it how ever you want. For the example picture, I drew a simple friendly face on the front:)