17_Cardboard, fold-able, stackable, draw-able, imaginable, likable….characters

2 May

Any likeness to a certain square character made of sponge is mere coincidence. Please say hello to the cardboard, fold-able, stackable, draw-able, imaginable, likable….characters.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Each cardboard…character will take you about 45 min. a little more if you add lots of detail.

You´ll need:

_To download and print these files:

If you want a small version:  cardboardcharacter_small

If you want a larger version: cardboardcharacter_large

_ A piece of A4 card/thin cardboard for each character you want to make. (You could recycle the cardboard of a cereal box or the back of a paper block for example)

_Cutter or Exacto knife

_Cutting mat or a surface to cut on

_UHU glue


_Black pen or fine liner

_Coloured pencils, markers or crayons.

How to make ’em:

1. Download and print the file(s) above. If your printer can take card, you can print directly on it; otherwise, print on a regular sheet of paper and stick the print on your piece of card/cardboard.

2. Using your cutter or exacto knife cut the edges of the print. The dotted lines on the drawing indicate where you´re supposed to pass the knife a few times without cutting through. This will make it easier to fold the character once you`ve drawn it.

3. Using a pencil, draw the features of your character. Remember to draw all sides.  I’m making a brainy, geeky character.

4. When you’re sure about it, mark all the lines with a black pen or fine liner.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

5. Time to use some colour!

6. When you’re done colouring and decorating, fold all the sides and tabs. There’s a couple of dotted lines that indicate “fold towards the front”; to do that, fold towards the back, just as the others, and then bring it towards the front.

7. Put some UHU glue to the tabs to stick the whole character together and that’s it! I recommend that you do one side at a time so that the glue doesn´t dry up while you do the others.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Great!!!! You’ve got a cardboard, fold-able, stackable, draw-able, imaginable, likable….character!

What else can you make? How about a scary one-eyed monster? What if you turn it upside down and the legs become the eyes or a set of horns like this little devil here?

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

See how you can stack them or hide the smaller one inside the larger one? Think of something that makes sense when stacking, like a hen and a chicken? or a large robot with a smaller one inside?; or how about a character that works well if it’s right or upside down?

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Print, draw and fold as many characters as you can imagine.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

See ya!


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