Do you like geek decorating? Of course you do, you’re on a comic book website aren’t you? So do I. I love going over here and seeing all the “Shelf Porn” (don’t worry it’s SFW). One thing that I get insanely jealous over though is the amount of statues or figurines that some people have. Now, I like to have playable toys, (and I’ll say for my daughter) but still, the statues look awesome. Now a lot of people seem to get those bobbleheads or minimates or whatever else is cool these days. I’d like to, but I just don’t have the money to spend on those things.
Which is why I was so happy when I found CubeeCraft. It’s all free, and there are so many to choose from. You simply print off the designs (I suggest cardstock or thick paper), cut them out, fold them together, and BAM! Awesome art to line your shelves with. And what a amazing array of them too! TMNT, Marvel heroes, DC heroes, Arrested Development, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Dragon Ball Z, Princess Bride, Mario, and the list goes on and on. You can also print off blank ones, or design your own.
So today, I’m here to give you a little crash course in making your own FREE! paper statues.
Here is what the design looks like when you print it out. As you may or may not know, this is the prince from the wonderfully simple game, Katamari Damacy. Again, I use thicker paper, as it holds up better and makes folding it easier.
Now it is all cut out. I use an exacto-knife to do this, as there are some slits you have to cut.
Here are the individual parts all folded. Most of them follow this pattern. Legs, torso, two arms, and head. There are ones with extra bits or accessories as well.
Now I’ve started to put them together. I like to put the feet in first, and then the arms. I bend the flaps inside the torso down so that they lock in place better. If you don’t, they tend to fall out if they get moved. The head gets put on last, and I do the same thing, folding the neck flaps inside before I put the top of the head into place.
Ta-da! Easy. The whole process only took about 15 minutes. The first one you do might take a bit longer, but it’s an easy groove to get into. Not only that, but it’s an easy enough thing that kids can do it to. The whole family can find some character they like.
There are a couple my daughter did.
And there’s some by my wife. I was actually going to do a different paper craft today, but in our process of going through stuff as we prepare to move, I came across some undone cubees, and so decided to let the force guide me. We had done a whole lot of these last year and taken then home with us.
This is a small selection of some of my favorite ones I had made. I hope you enjoyed this and I hope that you try making some of your own. My next goal is to make some larger ones.