Here’s something some people find off-putting about me: I love crafts. I like cutting, sewing, glueing and generally, putting things together. I find it relaxing and therapeutic. Those of you who like gift-wrapping and covering books in plastic wrap can relate, I bet.
I do cross-stitch.
I have a craft box.
My sister recently got me into my new crafting obsession. It all started when she needed help cutting out the parts for this project. I don’t know about you guys, but we are huge fans of Howl’s Moving Castle.
Welcome people, to the world of papercraft!
The details of this model are amazing! From the tiny houses, to the clothesline, to the bucket, to little Calcifer sitting happily in his fireplace.
It wasn’t long before I got itchy fingers and wanted to try out the assembling part myself. Now, most of the papercraft templates are for “geekier” characters, such as my sister’s World of Warcraft stuff.
But I found something that was more to my liking. Let me introduce my first project, Russell from Up!
Isn’t he cute? I love the little details of his backpack and his uniform.
Here’s what you need to get started with papercraft:
Glue, scissors, an X-acto knife, tweezers, a palette (for mixing water to glue. You can use any plastic surface), a brush (for the glue. A toothpick is useful too), a cutting mat and lots and LOTS of patience. The smaller pieces can be frustrating. If you have to make a round shape, the paper will fight you to the death. I use vellum board for my models, but the websites say you can use regular paper.
It’s a fun activity to do with your kids. The projects range from really easy (rubber-band toys, mobiles, gift boxes) to the really difficult (a drum set, The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean). If you want to do this Russell model, you can find the download here.
Russell is now happily positioned between Basti’s ultrasound picture and me in a Batman suit.
My sister and I are doing a Millenium Falcon for our brother Carlo for our next project. This is so addicting!