To assemble all the rooms of your pop-up paper house you will need to build a supporting structure. Use the PDF template in this download to build your own lightweight foam core structure. Foam core, available in any art supply store, can be cut easily with your scalpel knife. This design fits together to create a sturdy structure without any glue, nail or screw, which means you can also pull it apart for flat storage or travel, as you can see in the video of the completed structure below.
This template is designed to be used with 3/16″ thick foam core, but it can also be used with any sheet material up to 1/4″ thick (perhaps with a little extra filing to get the pieces to fit together smoothly). The download comes with illustrated instructions, and three versions of the same template formatted to be printed on different sized paper. The tabloid format (11″ by 17″) is preferred, but if you do not have access to a large format printer either the letter or the A4 template can be used.
Though this set looks impressive, both the trellis chess board and all the pieces are very easy to make with a simple pair of scissors. No special tools or paper craft experience required — but the best part of this design is that you can fold up the board with all the chess pieces in place. Put it away now, and finish your game later!
The board is 11″ x 11″ x 1.25″ and the pieces are between 2″ and 3″ high. Click on the pictures to view video tutorials (for the chess board, the knights and the rooks), or scroll to the bottom of this post.
The magic of geometry can teach arithmetic. This little tree frog can multiply, divide, add and subtract as it jumps up and down on a triangle of numbers. This is inspired by an old design by William Robertson, who, in 1916, designed a tin toy he named the “Educated Monkey.”
With a single sheet of standard letter 8.5″ by 11″ paper you can easily make this versatile and customizable child-sized mask. This download also comes with an adult-sized version to be printed on tabloid paper (11″ by 17″). You can color and customize this mask for any needs.