How To Make Almost Anything with Paper

Downloading Designs: Paperinside

Treehugger has confessed that they love downloadable designs. And why wouldn’t they? They see the future in downloading design as we do. No need for huge centralized manufacturers with according logistics infrastructure. Just great designs shared and sold digitally straight to your home or office. Ready for you to create at home.

Now while we’re not quite there, we can enjoy downloadable designs with papercraft. If you want to build a race car, or your favorite cartoon character (in paper, of course), check out these websites:

via South Park's Cartman

Fun stuff! Download instructions on how to make Cartman and the other South Park pals. They’ve got a range of models to try out – McLaren race cars to Star Trek ships and puzzles.

Yamaha Motors Papercraft

YZF-R1 from Yamaha-Motors Papercraft

For those who dig Yamaha bikes, would love to get into “building a bike” but aren’t quite into mechanics. Build your own paper yamaha bike – along with things like animals and toys…


Paperforest is a fantastic blog dedicated to the fun and versatility of paper art and craft. I saw this “creepy little dragon” video a few months ago. Haven’t tried it yet, but will do soon! They supply the downloadable design as well.


I wrote about these paper monsters a while ago. My sons enjoyed making these.

Origami Tessellations

This blog is not so much a resource for downloadable projects but more so of an exploration and appreciation for paper art – origami, paper tessellations, geometry, design. In this post, he has a great instructional video from paper artist Paul Jackson on creating a corrugated surface of a single piece of paper. Amazing stuff.

Organic Abstract by Paul Jackson

Just a short list at the moment but with so many projects to keep you busy for a while. Know of any good papercraft sites with downloadable designs? Would love to hear.

2 Responses to “How To Make Almost Anything with Paper”

  1. Dan Says:

    I have also found this website which makes kids furniture from cardboard. I have made the stool and learnt a lot about the technique and the notion of downloading IP. It is great.

  2. Steven Says:

    Thanks Dan, it does look like a great addition to the list.