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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.

188 COMMENTS

  1. I saw the Kei Craft Pembroke Welsh Corgi online (pattern 386KB and instructions 288KB) but cannot find it to download anywhere. Can you help?
    Thank you.
    Sherry

  2. Hi, this papercraft was deleted. Can you give me a templates to this model?
    Thanks

    http://www.papercraftsquare.com/bunny-girl-ver-2-free-papercraft-download.html

  3. Hi. I've tried looking everywhere for this papercraft. Both the links are broken. Can you add a mirror? Thanks.

    http://www.papercraftsquare.com/mser-04-anf-free-papercraft-download.html

  4. Hi again. Do you have another mirror for Cherno Alpha? Both links broke.
    http://www.papercraftsquare.com/pacific-rim-cherno-alpha-jaeger-free-papercraft-download.html

  5. Hello again. Can you please fix the links for these models?

    http://www.papercraftsquare.com/big-o-fouche-free-robot-paper-model-download.html
    http://www.papercraftsquare.com/big-o-robespierre-free-robot-paper-model-download.html
    http://www.papercraftsquare.com/big-o-carnot-free-robot-paper-model-download.html
    http://www.papercraftsquare.com/big-o-bonaparte-free-robot-paper-model-download.html

    Thanks a lot.

  6. Please can you help? The download link for 'Three-wheeled Lomax 223 Paper Car Free Paper Download' only produces a German language version.
    I need it in English to make a model for a widow who enjoyed happy times with her husband in one of these characterful cars, which he restored as the cancer progressed which finally killed him.
    Thank you if you can help.
    Max.

  7. Dear Papercraft,

    My name is Suhel and I'm an editor for the book publishers Dorling Kindersley in London.

    We are currently working on an optical illusions book for children with a craft angle and we would like to feature the template for making the Penrose triangle.

    I was wondering whether you would be interested in letting us use your template. We will, of course, credit you in the book and refer our readers to your website if they're interested in looking at more of your work.

    Can you please let me know if you are interested in this?

    Thanks in advance.
    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Very best,
    Suhel

  8. What's the zipfile password for http://www.papercraftsquare.com/full-size-fn-fal-battle-rifle-free-gun-paper-model-download.html

  9. I can't print legs because they are missing.
    -> http://www.papercraftsquare.com/bleach-kuchiki-byakuya-free-paper-craft-download.html
    Thank you. :-)

  10. I downloaded some models of weapons but when I open in the pepakura design it asks for password, what would this password ???

  11. Dear papercraftSquare,

    forgif me if my Englisch is not write well or at the wright way, but I'll try to do my best.

    I'm build for manny years papercraft models of differend kinds.
    You can see some examples of builded trucks and trailers on Facebook at the name of John Statue. The name is my semi-proffesional fotographersname from the time that I was a fotographer.

    Now I'll stopped with my proffession as photographer, becourse I am retired now (66), I want to pickup my other hobby of making papercrafts.

    Now I like to build al te models of the Landrover 90 and 110. I have seen 3 pages of wonderful models of these ones. But it is inposseble to download them. Every time I click at de download, I'll get a 404 page or a annoucements that I cant open it.

    Please can you tel me (or send me) the versions of the Landrovers 90 and 110?
    I've seen that there are about 18 or 20 models of these at your site.

    I am with pension now (over 66) and don't want to spend my time to sitting behind the windows.
    please, please help me.

    I'll hope to receive a message from you.

    greatings from jan Boos /Alias John Statue

  12. can you please give me the template for these guys http://www.papercraftsquare.com/rx-0-unicorn-gundam-02-banshee-destroy-mode-free-paper-model-download.html http://www.papercraftsquare.com/ms-06s-zaku-ii-commander-type-paper-model-ver-2-free-template-download.html I cannot download the links for some reason

  13. please give me the links to these guys
    http://www.papercraftsquare.com/ms-06s-zaku-ii-commander-type-paper-model-ver-2-free-template-download.html
    http://www.papercraftsquare.com/rx-0-unicorn-gundam-02-banshee-destroy-mode-free-paper-model-download.html

  14. The links to download the Hungarian State Opera House, http://www.papercraftsquare.com/hungarian-state-opera-house-free-building-paper-model-download.html, appear to be broken. Thank you for posting such lovely works!

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