Got blank paper lying around the house? We’ll show you how to easily transform that paper into your favourtite cartoon character, superhero, cute animal or whatever action figure you’d like to make. Here’s what you need:
- Blank sheets of A-4 paper
- Colouring medium like crayons, brush pens or water colours
- Pencil and ruler
- Sharp scissors
Take a sheet of thick A4 size paper.
Pick a character. We love Batman and he’s pretty easy to make. Once you’ve mastered the paper craft technique, you can get creative or crazy and pick any character you want to craft.
Draw a rectangle approximately 15cm wide + 2cm (to overlap and glue the cylinder) and 10cm high.
To change the size of your character, increase or decrease the given measurements.
Draw the character outline as seen in the following sketch. Extrude the top and feet from the rectangle.
Colour or paint over the pencil outline using any colouring medium available at home: crayons, water colour, brush pens, whatever you’re comfortable with. We used water colours to paint the outline and the body. Make sure the colours are completely dry before doing the next step.
Cut out the main character and its different parts with steady hands using a sharp scissor.
Glue together all of the cut out parts, and voila! Your paper craft Batman is ready for action.
If you got your first paper craft figure right, go on and make some more, like we did. In fact, you can create an assembly of characters and make your own homemade comic strip.
To give Batman company and add some fun to our comic strip, we threw in a paper craft Joker coloured with brush pens. The final effect is like having your very own tabletop movie scene created from paper craft characters and action figures.
With a weekend around the corner, you can have even more fun with your paper craft characters – like creating a comic strip simply by adding a few speech bubble cutouts with dialogue, taking pictures and arranging them in a comic-strip like collage, as seen in the arrangement above.
We made Batman and Joker at home in a few easy steps and a couple of hours. What’s more, we turned them into a fun comic strip. So, what’s stopping you from having weekend fun with paper craft? Gather the kids, involve your partner or go solo creating your favourite characters from paper. If you do, don’t forget to share them on our social media channels.
At Deetox.com, we like to keep you and your kids busy with creative pursuits that are fun as well as simple. Like making a quick and easy origami fox or a crane. Or how about you learn to paint by numbers?