Hey everybody! In honor of the release of Pokemon GO, I have decided to teach you all how to make a simple, cardboard pokedex.
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Step 1: Gather Materials
A colored pencil or wooden dowel
Cereal box cardboard (or card stock)
Duct tape/ packing tape
Scissors, razer pens or box cutter
Step 2: Cut the Cardboard
You're going to want to start off by drawing a template that is 3.25 inches by 5 inches
Once you have that drawn, cut out 4 rectangles that size
Step 3: Draw Out the Curve
On your template, mark out a spot 1.25 inches from the top, and .75 inches from the left. This will be the spot for the start of the curve.
Step 4: Cut Out the Curve in the Cardboard
Once you have the curve drawn out, you are going to tape your template to one of your cardboard rectangles.
Cut the curve out of the layer card board, but only do it on one of the layers.
Step 5: Make the Hinge
The hinge is fairly simple. You need a wooden dowel or colored pencil. Cut it down to the length (see pictures). Next, for the actual hinge, cut out two one centimeter pieces of cereal box cardboard. They should each be about 5 centimeters. Then, wrap them around the colored pencil(see pictures), and tape them closed, but do not tape them to the pencil. Make sure they are not so tight that they cannot move. The hinge pieces will be the ones staying stationary, while the door piece moves. Next, slide them off and get your cardboard piece that you have cut the curve out of. Make sure to get the bigger piece. Glue it to the middle of the colored pencil, leaving room for the hinge pieces on the outer edges. The hinge pieces will slide underneath the front door panel, where you didn't glue. Once you have that, move on to the next step.
Step 6: Make the Front Controls
To make the front controls, I definitely recommend looking at reference phots, but you can also use my template. Cut all the button placements out of one of your rectangles of cardboard. Save the cutouts, because you will need them for later. Then, glue the smaller piece of the curved piece of cardboard onto the top of it. Make sure to line it up with the left side.
Step 7: Attach the Hinge
To attach the hinge, you are going to need room for your colored pencil. Line it up with the right side edge of your control panel piece, and line the bottom of it up with the bottom of the control panel piece. Trace it, and cut it out on that one layer. Next, line up the hinge, and glue the tabs in place on one of the blank layers of cardboard. Then glue the control panel piece on top. Then glue another blank layer underneath the other blank layer(bottom)
Step 8: Make It Look Neat
I wrapped the edges of my Pokedex in cereal box cardboard as it is easy to bend. Once I had wrapped it, I covered all the surfaces in packing tape. Note: if you do this, make sure you have primer, as acrylic paint will not stick to this.
Step 9: Paint!
I used a coat of primer on all of my surfaces, and painted them with acrylic red paint.
After you paint the main part, you are going to want to get the button pieces that you saved from earlier. I used markers to color them according to the pictures. For the inside of the door(right side) I cut all of the pieces out from cereal box cardboard. I also used markers to color the details. Once all of this is done, you can glue everything into its correct place.
Step 10: FINISHED!!!
Congrats!! You now have your very own pokedex, so now go Catch Em All!