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What is papercraft?

Papercraft, also called card models or paper models, are models constructed mainly from sheets of heavy paper, paperboard, or card stock.
This may be considered a broad category that contains origami and card modeling. Origami is the process of making a paper model by folding paper without using glue. Card modeling is making scale models from sheets of cardstock on which the parts were printed, usually in full color. These pieces would be cut out, folded, scored and glued together. They are generally more popular in Europe and Japan than in the United States.

How to make papercraft?

The images are made by unfolding a 3D computer graphic into 2D using
Pepakura, a program designed specifically for papercraft, or Ultimate Papercraft 3D. These 3D images are either made by graphic softwares, or taken indirectly from the video game. A few models are hand drawn using trial and error.

What tools and materials do you need?

Here is a list what you will need, please check: Paper Model Tools and Materials.

What’s so great about papercraft?

Papercraft is an inexpensive hobby that requires planning and hand-eye coordination. Many model hobbyists became attracted to papercraft because it offers a greater variety of free and difficult models to build.

Categories of Paper Crafts, Paper Models, Paper Toys and Origami?

There are so many papercraft subjects, that accurate classification seems to be a very difficult job, so the categories are based on the paper model themes (such as: Gundam, anime and manga, mecha and robot, vehicles, airplane / aircrafts, origami, military, games, movies, etc.), but you can use tags / labels for more detailed categories or themes (for exsample, you can click on the tag "Tank" for many Tank Paper Models). Of course, you can also use the search function to find the paper model which you want to get.

Tips: You can search paper crafts using combination of keywords (theme, name, scale, etc.), such as "SD Gundam GAT-X105 Strike", "1:72 World War II SU-76 tank", "Marvel Avengers Cube Hulk"...

I am a designer and I would like to submit my papercraft!

Please check the Submission Guidelines, and we look forward to and welcome you to upload your designs!

Is it free?

Yes! They are free of charge! You can download it and print to build by yourself.

I do not know how to do!

Check the Beginners Guide, it has information about how to do papercraft.

Some .pdo files missing left/right parts?

Some templates seem missing left or right side, you could Mirror Print them. To print the mirror image of a document (You can also search "Mirror Print" within google, bing or other SE):

WINDOWS Operating System

  1. Open the file you want to print.
  2. On the File menu, select Print.
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Click the Layout tab, then select Print mirror image.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click OK.

MAC OS

  1. In Apple Preview, open the file you want to print.
  2. On the Tools menu, select Flip Horizontal.

Other issues

Please post a comment on this page.

165 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, can you please remove all Hateful 8 papertoys from your social networks? Those are unapproved arts and it may cause us legal issues. Thank you in advance, Best

  2. I share some beautiful and rare designs video game called "COOKIE RUN".
    There are 6 different models.

    Thanks for your attention and publish it in its great page. Below I leave my download link, it is completely safe and hope you find it useful.

    Greetings and wish them well.

    Best regards.
    Rafael Bermúdez Suárez

    DOWNLOAD LINK: https://copy.com/gv3dYu60rnVmS9MY

    • Hello Rafael, thanks for your sharing. We will post them in next couple days! Thank you again and have a good day!

  3. greetings all I am new to the site.
    I am interested in the Chaos Knight mask from Dota 2 for my first project..(please take a look)
    it required me to download MEGA program, i did. i downloaded the file through mega.
    now.. how do i open/view it/ print it/ make it work.... ???
    what program do i open it with ? is there a guide for this? i had also tried downloading the file without using MEGA at first, then i was lost/ confused so dwnld MEGA. so i have both options for this project, please help me ?

  4. Greetings i am new to this site and papercraft.
    For my first project i would like to acquire the Dota2 ChaosKnight Mask.
    I tried downloading it without MEGA and couldnt figure out how to open/view/print/make it work,
    so i downloaded MEGA and still cant seem to figure it out as i am new to all of this.
    so what do i use to open the file i have downloaded with MEGA and make it viewable/printable/workable?
    cant wait to start !

    • Hello guy, you will get a zip file, called "DotA 2 - Life Size Chaos Knight Helmet.rar", unzip it with winrar or other unzip software, you will have a pdo file, then open this pdo file with pepakura viewer, you can print now.

  5. Hi there. Want to thank the creators of the site for their hard work. the amount og good [a[ercrafts here is amazing.
    I want to ask if there is a way to hide all those "paper people" figures. There is way too many of them and they are not fun.

  6. Hi there. Want to thank the creators of the site for their hard work. the amount og good [a[ercrafts here is amazing.
    I want to ask if there is a way to hide all those "paper people" figures. There is way too many of them and they are not fun. At all.

    • Thanks for your comment, you can copy&paste a page and type a number, like http://www.papercraftsquare.com/page/2000 or http://www.papercraftsquare.com/page/24

    • There are LKW White 1911, LKW White 1920 and LKW Krupp "Büffel" three paper models
      LKW White 1911: 4 pages + 1 instruction
      LKW White 1920: 4 pages
      LKW Krupp "Büffel": 7 pages + 1 instruction

  7. have somebody an english guide for mclaren mp45b honda a.senna 1990?
    I don´t undurstand japan.
    Thanks in advance

    • open the pdo file with pepakura viewer, no need password. If you want to rescale it, sorry we don't have the password.

  8. Can you send me the template of thisXXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero with Customized Wings Free Papercraft Download thank you

  9. I'm interested in doing some Cosplay costumes using some of the files on this site. Unfortunately I can't scale up any of the files do to passcode constrictions when I use Pepakura Designer. Is there any chance I can get them?

  10. How can I download the locked content?, I already liked on facebook and shared it on twitter, but it doesn't show me the download link

  11. Will you be making a Nyx prime helmet from warframe in the upcoming future as I am making a cosplay for her at the moment.

    Awaiting for your response.
    Thank you
    Tigres.

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