Papercraft Theo Jansen walker


13 Responses to “Papercraft Theo Jansen walker”

  1. cymk says:

    Awesome video Cory, I love Theo Jansen’s work. Are there any instructions on how to make your own? This would be awesome on my desk at work.

  2. palad says:

    Not to be nit-picky, but it looks like three bamboo shafts, not just one.

  3. woodycodeblue says:

    @ #3, palad:

    Three bamboo shafts, for sure. Only the one in the middle, though, is a crankshaft.

  4. Anonymous says:

    this is maybe witchcraft

  5. Anonymous says:

    nah. use bamboo paper! tougher…

  6. Anonymous says:

    can’t the crankshaft be made from tightly rolled paper, for the sake of the nit-pickers.

  7. Anonymous says:

    If you like Theo Jansen’s stuff, you should check out work by these guys:

    Arthur Ganson (

    Ben Hopson (

  8. Anonymous says:

    Walkin sideways? That’s a crab move.

  9. Colin.Drake says:

    I saw an article on the real thing in MAKE magazine.
    This person obviously had quite a bit of time on his or her hands.

  10. Scipio Africanus says:

    Wow! I’ve always loved the strandbeesties. Any instructions for this one out there?

  11. Anonymous says:

    hi there
    im creating on of there for a university project. is there any quick pointers you can give me i know you cant give me the instructions. i’ve already begun making it i just need a few tweekings to help it move more fluidly. please help

  12. fishyswaz says:

    I saw this at Tokyo Make in May 2009. The action is great and looks only moderately complicated. The link for his site is, however the PDF download has been removed with this comment:

    “本ペーパークラフトは、Theo Jansen エージェントからの公認プロセスに入っており、一時ダウンロードを停止させて頂いています。申し訳ありません。


    Essentially, he has temporarily removed the download because he is in the process of negotiating with Theo Jansen’s agent to become “official”. There are pictures of the printout on the site, and detailed instructions (in Japanese) .

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