Here is fun and simple papercraft project for GOTG fans: the cassette player from the film. This isn’t the walkman Peter Quill carries, rather the deck that is embedded into the wall of his ship, and is featured as the soundtrack cover.
I designed this to be life-size and to hang anywhere like a clock. Here it is by my desk:
Initially this was more ambitious — the player had extruded buttons and a more detailed cassette, but I decided to keep it simple so kids can take a crack at this (you just need scissors and tape). It does feature a removable cassette if that’s any consolation.
After the jump you’ll find the templates and directions.
Continue reading ➞ Guardians Of The Galaxy Cassette Player Papercraft
It’s been awhile since I posted a papercraft project (of my own making), so I’m happy to share these crates from the first Donkey Kong Country game (SNES). All 5 “animal buddies” are accounted for. Also I made a crate for Smash Bros too.
I recommend you use Card Paper, which makes for a very sturdy crate. After the jump you’ll find all the templates.
Continue reading ➞ Donkey Kong Country Papercraft
Part 1: Super Mario 3 Part 2: Super Mario Ikea Ribba Frame
Today I am very happy to share another Nintendo diorama for IKEA’s ubiquitous Ribba frame, this time a scene from Metroid (NES).
This design was created by Slawikaruga, who was generous enough to share his creation here with all Metroid fans. Thank you Slaw!
I’m very happy to see this template, not just because I’m a huge Metroid fan, but due to it being the game that inspired the whole “diorama in a shadow box frame” idea to begin with.
After the jump you can find the template to build your own.
Continue reading ➞ IKEA Ribba Papercraft Part 3: Metroid
IKEA Ribba Papercraft Part 1: Super Mario Bros 3.
Link to IKEA RIBBA
This papercraft project was designed and made by Remko Voets, who was awesome enough to share this here with everyone. Thank you Remko!
A few years back I made Mario 3 diorama that was tailored to fit IKEA’s Ribba box frame. That was my last papercraft project. I intended to make more but I hate my printer (the feeling is mutual I think).
Fortunately Remko took the reigns and constructed this beauty. He made two flavors: a simple one with all the art on a single image (which is smart – I went back and did the same for my Mario 3 one), and one where you’d have to assemble everything. After the jump you can find everything you need to make your own.
Continue reading ➞ IKEA RIBBA Papercraft Part 2: Super Mario Bros
Another printable for you to tackle, for those who like really easy DIY. These are logos you can print onto your paper lunch bag to make it look like a take-out bag:
You can use white paper bags or regular brown bags (for that McDonald’s look). Your choices are Los Pollos Hermanos, The Krusty Krab, Mooby’s, and Smiley’s (that only took a minute to make so why not?).
You can find the instructions and downloads after the jump.
Continue reading ➞ Geeky Paper Lunch Bag Prints
Here is a fun project where you can make a diorama of Super Mario 3 that is showcased in the IKEA Ribba shadow box picture frame.
Continue reading ➞ IKEA RIBBA Papercraft Part 1: Super Mario Bros. 3
UPDATE: There is now one you can try to make based on Super Mario Bros 3.
You know those 3D movie posters McFarlane Toys sells? Now you can make something similar for video games. Here is a fun, inexpensive DIY decoration idea for a rainy day: a picture box frame that contains a diorama of a video game screenshot. Now you can hang a 3D image of your favorite video game on the wall!
Picture Box frames are exactly what they sound like, a box with a glass frame. These are used to display physical objects, like medals or trophies. These are typically about 1″-4″ deep, and range in size from a document (8.5″x 11″) to a massive 2’x3′ to hang sports jerseys and other collectibles.
They are perfect for this diorama idea, allowing you to recreate the depth of a video game. The diorama is comprised of a background image, some objects/characters extending from the background, and then foreground elements pressed against the glass.
For this Super Metroid example, the sky and horizon background is on the back of the frame, Samus and her spaceship are planted in the middle space (mounted to the background), and the foreground (ground and HUD) are pressed against the glass.
There would be a papercraft approach to this project, as you are cutting out individual objects. You’ll also need to create paper mounts to suspend characters and objects in air.
Continue reading ➞ Decoration Idea: Video Game Screenshot Picture Box