Intro: Wall Mountable Paper Unicorn
(If you are having problems downloading the .PDF template for this project, send me a message and I will email you the file)
If you're looking to add a little flair to your office wall or break the monotony of your bedroom wall or add something extra to the rainbows and stars on your kids bedroom wall or even decorate your local kindergarten - this Unicorn is the perfect thing for you! It is made of 100% paper and can be printed on cardstock or ordinary printing paper. For any questions or feedback - leave a comment below
Step 1: Setting Up the Pepakura File
First thing here is to download Pepakura designer from the following link –
Unfortunately it is only available for windows. The next thing to do is to download the pepakura file for this unicorn project from the following link
This file is then opened using pepakura designer. If you want to learn how to use pepakura, here is a great instructable that can help
Step 2: Print and Paper Settings
Access the print and paper settings by navigating to File>Print and Paper Settings. It is important to get your print and paper settings right. Here you can choose from a variety of paper sizes and your preferred orientation. Line weight can be adjusted to your liking – it can be adjusted to make the lines lighter so as to save printer ink, or made darker so they are more visible and easier to identify after printing
Step 3: Scaling the Model
The next step is to scale the model to your preferred size. To do this, navigate to 2D Menu>Change Scale>Scale Factor. Here you can specify the exact height, depth and width that you want for the model. Or alternatively you can specify a scale factor to be used. For a ready made PDF navigate to this link
Step 4: Printing
When you have tweaked the settings and options to your liking and are satisfied with the result, the next stage is to print. To make it easier to find the corresponding pieces during the cutting and gluing stage, you can print to PDF. To get the best result, printing on cardstock close to 300g/m2 is advisable. Paper of lower weight can be used but it will be less structurally stable. I have used 80g/m2 paper to make this model and it came out just fine.
Step 5: Cutting and Gluing
The next step is to cut along the lines and score the folds using a knife or anything else that feels comfortable. For gluing a good non toxic paper glue or double sided tape can be used. The key is to glue each corresponding numbered edge to its counterpart. To quickly find an edge you need to glue you can use the search facility in the PDF. It is advisable to glue the model in such a way that the numbers and lines are within the model and not visible on the outside.
Step 6: Finish Him!
After a lot more cutting and gluing – all will be done. All that’s left is to find a nice spot on a wall and mount your unicorn. As a final touch you can spray the model with a clear lacquer or acrylic to give the model a fine shiny gloss.
Step 7: The Next Frontier
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