Paper Craft Automata
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WHAT WILL YOU MAKE?
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
- 2 sheets of cardstock
- 2 paper clips
Print and cut
Print the Makey template on cardstock and cut only on the solid lines, not the dashed lines.
Fold the arms
With the white side up, fold the white flap down on Makey’s arm and apply glue to it. Fold the red side up and stick it to the glued area.
Start the mechanics
Straighten out a paper clip and then form one end of it into a square hook. Slide the two arms through the side of Makey and push the hook through the arm tabs where they cross.
Cut the box
Draw a 3″×3″ square, and then adjacent to each of its four sides, draw four more 3″×3″ squares, making a large + sign. Cut out around the edges of the outer shape.
Fold and tape
Fold the sides together to form a box with an open top. Tape the sides to keep them in place.
Putting it all together
Glue or tape Makey to the top of the box with the paper clip coming from Makey’s arms down through the center hole. Push another paper clip through the two side holes and bend off one side so it can’t pull out.
Attach the mechanisims
Make a squared U shape inside the box with the paper clip and then bend the paper clip coming down from Makey around it. Make sure that when the “u” is at its lowest point, that Makey’s arms are at their highest.
You can add a motor to automate Makey, maybe even a solar panel to keep him cheering on sunny days. If you would like to make your own paper craft models, take a look at Pepakura, the tool I used to make this Makey.
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