How to Make a Cardboard Action Figure




About: K'nex guns, TF2, and Valve games are what I like to build/play.

For this Instructable, I'm going to show you how to make your very own cardboard action figure from scratch! All you need are a few things you can probably find around the house. When you're done, why not make him some clothes or glasses?

Step 1: Things You'll Need.

Paper fasteners,
A pointy object (i used a sharp sharp pen),

What's Optional:
a ruler for measuring (or whacking people? i don't know)
anything else you can think of

Step 2: The Main Body

I took the first shape and cut it out. This will be the main body and head.
Then, I took the edges of the cardboard and cut a good sized width off each side. These will be his/her limbs. Before you cut, make sure they are twice as long as each arm/leg will be.

Step 3: The Legs and Arms.

Take your strips and cut them in half, then fold them in half. Now, poke holes at the tops of them, and insert a paper fastener through. Take the stubs of the main body and poke a hole through there, put the paper fastener in, and bend the fastener back so it stays. Add each additional limb this way, then it's time to customize him/her!

Step 4: Now, Customize!

I gave my guy a Sharpie tie, briefcase, shoes, and bent the fastener that held the briefcase in place into a watch. You can do whatever you want though :) Make him a knight, a spaceman, a photographer, a police officer, a video game character, a monkey, a caveman, a superhero, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Have fun! :-D



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    8 years ago on Introduction

    thanx for the idea. im makeing an ironman actionfigure at home cause im broke. by the way u need to paint it. its got no karakter. looks good though. i like the idea and im going to try it. thanx 4 the idea

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, someone that likes it. :) You're welcome, btw. Show me a picture of your figure when it's done!