A couple of days ago I received in the mail a copy of a new 2017 calendar – the theme is ‘hand-lettered and artsy alphabets’, published by Amber Lotus Publishing. The calendar features – among other very nice artwork by other artists – my papercraft alphabet on the December page.
Speaking of calendars, rest assured my dino calendar will receive a 2017 update in the not too distant future (definitely well before the new year, so that you have enough time to build the update).
You may remember the stegosaurus calendar. In addition to its use as a calendar, you can do all kinds of other things with it. In order to facilitate this ‘hacking’, I have prepared a template for blank cards:
Here is the PDF.
Here is a quick photo tutorial for those of you who want to build the stegosaurus calendar.
Very importantly, make sure that you use thick enough cardboard. Something in the range of 300 g/sqm is fine. If the cardboard / paper is too light, the model will easily warp and the cards may no longer fit.
Start with cutting out all parts: Note that there is one part (for the tail) which is inside the right side part. It’s highly recommended to use an X-acto or similar crafts knife.
Next, fold the long center piece and glue it to the side with the “window”. Make sure that the walls are parallel and leave enough space for the cards.
Attach the other side:
Next, assemble the four feet:
… and glue them to the body:
Then attach the tail:
Now on to the head: This looks more complicated than it is. First, before you start assembling the head, cut a slit where the mouth is.
If you are a perfectionist and have a good knife, you can cut out the year and put it into the dinosaur’s mouth:
… and you’re done:
Here is the link to the original template.