Tips and Tricks


  • Dotted lines should be folded towards itself, as if you were closing a book. It creates a valley with the dotted line at the bottom. Dashed lines (with dots in between) should be folded away from itself so that the dashed line forms the top of a mountain and the 2 sides slope downwards towards your table.
  •  To avoid holding the tabs together for a long time whilst waiting for the glue to dry, try using tiny pegs or magnets to hold the tabs together. If you have to hold the tabs together for more than 30 seconds, you are using the wrong glue.
  • If your model has legs, arms, horns, tails or ears its best to start with them. Start with the thinnest part of these long pieces and work your way towards the wider parts, otherwise there will be nowhere to get your hands in to apply pressure to the gluing tabs.
  • If you are looking at your model, wondering if you’re doing it correctly, remember this: If you can see the tabs on the OUTSIDE of the model, it’s wrong! Remember to put the glue on the un-numbered side of the tab. Then press it against the numbered side.
  • Clean excess glue off your fingers using a damp cloth. Then dry your hands using a clean dry cloth or paper towel. This avoids getting bits of glue on the outside of your model.
  • Apply a thin coat of glue to the whole tab. If you apply too much glue, it will squeeze out and leave marks on your model. Use a toothpick or small paintbrush to spread the glue into a thin even layer.
  • Chopsticks work well to hold tabs in place for those hard to reach, narrow spots (unicorn horn). Small pegs or magnets are great for holding tabs together while you work on the next one.
  • If you have questions or want to show off your spectacular model, join the Papercraft World Builders Club on Facebook.
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