Paper craft

This paper craft project from Canon and artist Katsuyuki Shiga (PinoArt) is not for beginners. But if you have time and patience, you can create a very nifty Santa Claus and reindeer set.

And besides, any project that calls for a bodkin (as well as scissors, glue, and a ruler) appeals to our love of whimsy.

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Here’s another fun paper craft project for Halloween — and according to its creator, Rob Ives, it’s “specially designed to be made without using a sharp knife so it can be made by people of all ages.”

If you’d like to make this Pop Up Pumpkin, visit Rob’s website and download the pattern. You’ll find the download near the bottom of the page — after the helpful, illustrated tutorial.

The download is free, but you may want to treat Ives by making a small donation.

Illustrator Brian Gubicza has some “free stuff” on his website, including four Halloween masks and a set of paper craft figures called “Fold & Spooky II (A Tribute to the films of John Carpenter). The three characters in this set are Blake, Myers, and Lo Pan.

Both the masks and paper craft figures are available for download as PDFs. Print them on heavy stock paper for best results.

Zombie Mask © Ray O'Bannon

Zombie Mask © Ray O'Bannon

Ray O’Bannon’s wonderfully creepy RavensBlight Toy Shop has all sorts of free “haunted” paper toys online for you to print out, construct and enjoy.

Here’s what O’Bannon has to say about his unusual paper craft collection:

“The toys include a hearse playset, coffin gift boxes (with occupants), a little cemetery, several unusual board games, a gloomy little haunted house, a rusty old-style robot, and quite a few other dark delights. So pick out some toys, print out the pattern pages, and with a few common supplies like scissors and glue you’re ready to create all these strange little curiosities. I hope you’ll enjoy them all.”

These “haunted” paper toys are great for Halloween and relatively cheap to make. All you need is Adobe Acrobat to download the PDF patterns, a printer, HEAVY card stock, some scissors, some Elmer’s glue sticks, and a bit of patience and attention to detail.

Izzy the Intern is always wary about telling children to use scissors and wants to be certain they do so only under parental supervision. O’Bannon seems to be in totally agreement. Here’s what he has to say on the subject:

“I’ve found Elmer’s Glue Sticks to be very useful in building these toys. Also, you can be extra fussy and carefully blacken the edges of the toy parts with a black marker to get rid of the occasional white edges here and there. When folding the parts, its critical to fold them as precisely on the lines as possible. And above all, never rush it! These toys won’t take very long for you to build, but working slowly and carefully is important. And a final word about using the scissors and X-acto knife…They are SHARP! They can HURT YOU! So always be carefull. Open bleeding lacerations = BAD! Happy little monster kids with new toys = GOOD!”