“Popfold” Papercraft Figures

Rather than linking to an item you can buy, today I’d like to mention a cool project that walks you through making adorable papercraft figures of your own. The site is called Cubefold — created by Australian designer and illustrator Calvin Nicholas Lin — and the particular section I’ll point your attention to is dubbed “Popfold”.

Here, you can download free PDF instructions to print, cut out, and assemble paper figures based on characters from Star Wars, video games, and more. Here’s what you’ll typically need:

  • Color printer (inkjet recommended)
  • Paper (he recommends A4, 120 – 160 gsm, Matte White)
  • Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Sharp scissors / cutting knife & metal ruler
  • (Optional) Scorer or dried ball-point pen for scoring

My favorite figures overall are the Stormtrooper, Totoro, and Optimus Prime.