Model-Making Tips

Model-making tips

Wrapping

  1. Place the junk you want to wrap in the middle of the scrap paper.
  2. Fold around the junk so it is all covered.
  3. Fold and tape the side, top and bottom.

This technique can be used to make building blocks.

Spiralling

  1. Using a sheet of card, draw out a wide spiral shape and cut out.
  2. Stretch out the spiral and glue the ends to other structures at different levels either horizontally or vertically.

This technique can be used to make ramps.

Paper Mache

  1. Mix one part sieved flour, one part water with a wooden spoon in a big bowl until you get a thick glue-like consistency.
  2. Choose your mould and smear a small amount of vaseline to surface.
  3. Cut strips of newspaper, paint them with glue on both sides and paste to mould. Let each layer dry before adding the next.

Folding card

  1. Measure a 2/3cm section of the card with a ruler, mark with a pencil and fold.
  2. Holding at a 90-degree angle, use glue on the underside of the section and fix to your model base.

This technique can be used to make internal or external walls.

Nets

  1. Draw the net pattern on your card/paper.
  2. Cut around the lines carefully.
  3. Fold together, can glue the edges if you want.

This can be used to make cubes, cuboids, prisms etc… play around with the different shapes!

Rolling card or paper

  1. Choose size and length of paper or card.
  2. Roll into a tight tube and tape along the side.
  3. Measuring a small length up the side of the tube, snip several slots along the end and push out to make the base.

This technique can be used as columns.

Card and paper slot joints

  1. Cut squares of card/paper to size.
  2. Measure through the middle equal lengths, and cut these out. Slot two pieces together.

Good for modular designs – elements that can be added together continuously

Milk bottles

  1. Cut through the middle and around the handle.
  2. Save the lid and other panels of plastic to build other parts of your model.

This technique can be used to make windows, pipes, or rolled up to make columns.

Straws

  1. Carefully pierce holes in the corners of the pieces of card/paper.
  2. Feed the straws through them. You can add as many floors as you can fit!

This technique can be used to make a simple structure of a building.

Egg boxes

  1. Cut into the egg box and around the middle spikes and internal egg holder pieces.
  2. You could also use the box lid for your model too.

The technique can be used for the top of roofs or facades.

Paper and plastic cups

  1. Cut into the egg box and around the middle spikes and internal egg holder pieces.
  2. You could also use the box lid for your model too.

The technique can be used for the top of roofs or facades.

Lattice

  1. Cut the pieces of paper/card in horizontal and vertical directions.
  2. Weave them in and out of eachother or layer them on top of eachother.
  3. Glue the edges down to make it secure.

This technique can be used for building facades (the front of the building).

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