Introduction: The Paper Puzzle

About: I'm currently studying Coastal Engineering, I'm crazy for miniatures and dioramas, and I see a opportunity of improvement in every broken thing.
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

There are two versions depending on available materials:

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Paper Template 1


Paper Template 2

Step 2: Paper Templates

- 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

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

- 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

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!

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