This Tutorial is how to make the Blank version of the Squealer Paper Toy, I made
the template as intuitive as I could so you should have no
problems with the assembly.
you can also download the: Squealer Tutorial PDF Click to Download
I decided to name this Paper Toy template Chibi Style because the word "chibi" really seems to sum up the whole look of it. Chibi is a
Japanese word meaning short person or small child. It also refers to a
certain cuteness about things. In Manga and Anime Chibi usually refers
to the style of character with roughly a head that is the size of
1/3rd their body. Giving characters large heads to make them cute is a
tried and true tradition among many artists.
Items you will need:
-Printout (I print out paper toys on 110lb. White card stock.)
-Embossing Stylus Balled (optional I usually carefully score with a craft knife.)
-Small Stick (the end of a small paint brush, chopstick, or shish kabob stick)
-Cutting Board (optional, just don't cut up your table)
-Paper Towel (to wipe off excess glue)
-Bandages (optional, be careful when you are cutting. It's not fun to look
for bandages when you are bleeding)
Notes to keep in mind:
-Make sure you are having fun. That is what paper craft is all about?
-Take your time.
-Have extra craft knife blades handy. It is always best to cut with a sharp blade.
-Cut rounded parts with scissors and straight parts with craft knife.
-When scoring be careful not to score to deep and cut all the way through the model.
-Using the left over excess pieces of paper add a little glue to a piece of paper and
use another piece to spread the glue.
-Use a stick for gluing hard to reach areas. I normally hold pieces together
for 10-15 seconds.
-Tip: I spray my Paper Toys with Deft Clear Wood Finish Spray. It is a clear
lacquer spray. Please test it on a scrap printout first. You would not want to
spend all the time putting together a toy, then spray it and have the ink smear.
If your printer ink does not run, spray it with 1 coat before cutting out and
1 coat after you have put it together.
Briefly read before starting:
1) Print out Paper Toy. Ready your tools.
2) Roughly cut out all pieces to separate
3) Carefully cut out all pieces.
4) Score and fold all pieces.
5) Using the left over excess pieces of paper add a little glue to a
piece of paper and
use another piece to spread the glue. Glue body together.
6) Turn body upside down and hold (glued) tabs together using a stick.
7) Glue "square" piece to the underside of legs.
8) Glue leg tabs to "square" piece. Fold larger tabs up.
9) Glue body to the tabs on the upper portion of the legs.
10) Carefully glue arms together.
11) If areas are hard to reach, use a stick to hold tab together until
the glue dries.
12) Glue hair piece together..
13) All parts except for the head should now be finished.
14) Glue the tabs on the portion of the head with the eyes first.
15) Glue the tab at the very end of the head piece right in between the eyes.
16) Hold tab firmly in place until the pieces are thoroughly glued together.
17) (Optional) Another option aside from using your fingers is to hold pieces
together and clamp it with a Self Closing Tweezers.
18) Glue the final angled tabs on the back of the head together.
19) Put glue on all 3 tabs and glue the square ear piece to the tabs.
20) Hold in place until glue is slightly dried.
21) Flip head over and hold tabs together with stick until they are
22) To do this on the other side of the head you will have to go
through the ear hole to hold the tabs together.
23) Glue body to the head. Note: There is a small overhang on the top flap of the body
24) Glue arms in any position you like.
25) There you have it! A finished Chibi Style Paper Toy. Enjoy!.
Now, go out and download the Chibi Paper toy
Or one of the other toys based on the Squealer template