Introduction: PlayStation 4 Controller - Papercraft

Did you ever dream of a technical device that lacks of basically everything that it is made for?
Let me help you. The outcome of this Instructable will be a 1:1 black or blue PlayStation 4 controller completely out of paper and function.

You could be one of the first human beings that lay hand on the new PS4 controller, and maybe evaluate whether it pays off to sell house and wife to own a real PS4 when it will be released.
Or just to excite a few friends that think you have enough controllers for all of them, but no, none of them work, what a gas.

Step 1: You Need:

  • A printer
  • Paper: I recommend thick paper (180 g/m²), or the controller is really fragile
  • Scissors, Glue, Ruler, Cutter (e.g. X-Acto knife)
  • Hands (2)

Step 2: Preparation

You can find the template here as a PDF.

Download the PDF and print out page 2 and 3 for a blue controller or page 4 and 5 for a black controller.
Don’t print the other pages and save the planet.

Printing this model isn’t as easy as it seems. It has a lot of very dark shades and every printer handles those differently. I made a color correction that fits most of the ink jet printers, though it may seem a bit too light on your screen.
If your model is too dark or too light, try adjusting the brightness values in the printer settings.
In general, laser printers do a great job with those dark areas, but crafting with laser printer paper is a serious business with many tragic cases of depression.

Step 3: The Body

Let’s begin with the body.

Cut out the biggest part and scratch all folding lines with a ruler and a cutter and bend them in the right direction. Dashed lines mean mountain folds, dotted lines mean valley folds.
All photos have a higher resolution when you click on them.

Then glue the 2 flaps in the middle to the corresponding place on the other side, like in picture one. To glue the 2 outer flaps, you can put a bit of glue on a strip of paper and paint the glue between flap and paper. When all remaining flaps are folded in the right direction, it should give the body the right form automatically.

The 2 weird-shaped pieces on the second page are the handles. The picture shows how to fold them, and yes, it is just mirrored so that your brain doesn’t have to do the work. Basically, they are just rolled up and 2 flaps are glued to the opposing side. Don’t fold these flaps, they have no dashed or dotted line! Otherwise, your controller will be edgy.

When you attach the handles to the body, glue the large back flap first and let it dry. The first 2 views in picture 3 show the same state, but from another angle. Then, glue the 2 flaps under the white circle that interwine and lead the handle to its place. No need to glue the rounded flap on the inside. It is just there to give the body its form. The last thing you have to do is close the rectangle and glue it to its 3 flaps. Repeat this with the other handle.

Step 4: The Buttons

The first picture shows how to fold and glue the buttons and d-pad. Cut with your knife along the white line and push the d-pad-buttons a bit out of their circle. The hole in the middle of the analog stick holder has to be cut out. Use a bit more glue to attach the 4 buttons, so that they stand out a bit.

The second picture shows the 2 analog sticks, just roll them up and glue them together, the touch pad and the shoulder buttons. It will be helpful if you bend the touch pad already before you glue it to the body. The shoulder buttons are a bit concave. You can shape them when you roll them around a thick marker, for example. 

Step 5: The Marriage

Glue the 2 button- and d-pad-parts to the body. You can see 4 white areas where the flaps have to be glued. Then use just a little glue to fix the big circles on the white areas.
If you want movable analog sticks, just stick them in the holes. Maybe you have to widen the hole or glue another layer of paper on the tubes, so that they fit exactly in the holes. Or you just glue them into the hole, because there is nothing to control with it anyway.
Attach the shoulder buttons on the white rectangles on the back and the touch pad on the white area, and your controller is done!