It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.
Paper Day, Part 2: Papercraft Yeti Calendar
The marketing and design firm The Curiosity Group have begun an amazing project for 2011: free, downloadable paper toy calendars! They're kicking it off with the best papercraft printer I've seen in ages: this adorably awesome 60s-inspired Yeti, complete with a January calendar.
Yes, of course we love these paper renderings of sneakers, perhaps even a bit more than the Shoeburger.
They're all created by Seattle-based artist Mike Leavitt, who says, "Everyday and urban objects are just my pallette for replicating modern landscapes of life, somewhere between a painterly impression and ironic conceptual art statement. I simply think of these as 'big kid toys', as if adults can still play make-believe too. Though each object is an original sculpture hand-made from scratch, each is somewhat functional and durable enough for even a bit of light 'play'."
Tor.com is a website devoted to science fiction and fantasy short stories and other writing, and they've long been identified by the site's logo, a rocket named Stubby. Recently, they enlisted master paper model maker Robert Nava to make a free, downloadable PDF so you can create your own Stubby rocket, which we think is pretty cool whether you get to reference to Tor or not.
Botropolis has assembled this massive collection of papercraft robots that you can download, print, cut and assemble. I love projects like this because they're active and crafty, but the inspiration is built-in and they don't require tons of materials and time.
Bots include everything from retro atomic imagery to characters from classic sci-fi movies to contemporary takes on mechanical mans - there's even one featuring President Obama!
Hubblesite.org is offering three awesome, free how-tos to recreate model Hubble telescopes. There's excellent instructions and lots of free printable parts and decals "These models aren’t working telescopes – you can’t peer at the sky with them. But they can give you an up-close look at the telescope’s structure and a challenging project to engage your model-making skills."
The first is the easiest to make, and uses a short length PVC pipe to support the main structure. The other two save you a trip to the hardware store, and are pure paper, created without special materials (though you'll need a few supplies from your stash).