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Brief history of the Cootie Catcher

Cooties are real. Apparently, "cootie" comes from the Malay word "kutu," meaning "dog tick." Fortunately, you can easily make a cootie catcher wit the added benefit that the device doubles as a fortune teller, chatterbox, whirlybird, salt cellar, etc.

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Amazing working paper model of a V6 engine

A fantastic working papercraft model of a V6 engine that runs on compressed air.

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Video: HOWTO make a paper cannon

You probably already have all the stuff you need to make this nifty paper cannon that fires at a surprisingly high muzzle velocity.

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Video: HOWTO make a 3D origami Darth Vader

Origami enthusiasts have created a number of small foldable units that can then be assembled into all kinds of 3-D shapes, like this Darth Vader.

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Intricate 3D paper typography by Sabeena Karnik

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Mumbia-based illustrator Sabeena Karnik specializes in forming strips of paper into intricate typography. Below is a sequence showing creation of her piece for a radio station.

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What do Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, a monster truck, and the Avengers have in common?

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They've all been piñatafied by the artists of Piñatas Ramirez.

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HOWTO make retractable origami ninja stars

These colorful shuriken (retractable ninja stars) by YouTuber ProudPaperOfficial are surprisingly easy to make.

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WATCH: Papercraft master creates gorgeous insects

Filmmaker Alex Sans shot this lovely short about a day at Lobulo Studio, a renowned papercraft design studio. It includes making of a 3D lettering project and the beautiful insects below:

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More cool projects at the Lobulo Studio site.

Astonishing comics that 'save your game' when you turn the page

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WATCH: time-lapse origami turns a dollar bill into a koi fish

YouTuber TheOrigamiVoyueur filmed himself as he transformed a dollar bill into a koi, based on a instructions by expert Won Park.

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Papercraft R2-D2 dreidel


The downloadable PDF pattern for making your own droidel comes from Bonnie Burton's excellent Star Wars Craft Book.

"Tie the knot" wedding invites that include a self-tying knot


Designer Cristina Moraleja created these clever 2011 wedding invitations for her clients Lois and Cris.

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Elegant, cheap, simple folded cardboard mount turns your phone into an Oculus Rift


Revealed at the Google IO conference, Cardboard is a scored, flat-pack box that you fold into set of cardboard goggles that hold your phone; an accompanying software package uses your phone's screen and accelerometer to create stereo-optical VR images in the manner of the Oculus Rift. It's a delightfully simple and elegant concept, and Google has published plans for making your own. You need cardboard, a set of cheap lenses, a magnet, velcro and a rubber band.

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Beautiful, watercolored freehand papercraft 3D Disney characters


Matt Hawkins contributed his lovely papercraft Disney characters to the Boing Boing Flickr pool. His description: "Paper sculptures made of painted watercolor paper. I created Goofy and Elliott one facet at a time from the top down from watercolor paintings with only a 2-D sketch for a guide. My hope is that this improvisational technique would help capture the spirit of these characters, bringing them to life in a flowing organic way that defies the sharp corners and geometric forms from which they're built. Available at the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney."

Stretchy, slinkoid sculptures made from fan-folded cut paper


Artist Li Hongbo produces gorgeous sculptures made from meticulously cut sheets of fan-folded paper, stacked tightly so that the pieces appear to be made of solid composite or stone. But when Li pulls at them, they stretch and slide most gloriously, turning into slinkoid paper-chains that are pure visual hilarity.

A special report on Arrestedmotion showcases some of the best of Li's work, which is on display at the Klein Sun Gallery in NYC.

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Papercraft Hatbox Ghost from the Haunted Mansion


Here's a downloadable papercraft version of the Hatbox Ghost, the semi-legendary animatronic ghost from the early days of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Great craft project for the long weekend!

Make Your Own Hatbox Ghost HERE!

Anatomical cross-section from rolled paper bits

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Lisa Nilsson creates breathtaking anatomical cross-sections from paper. She has a new exhibition opening tomorrow at New York City's Pavel Zoubok Gallery. From Nilsson's artist statement:

These pieces are made of Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books. They are constructed by a technique of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper called quilling or paper filigree. Quilling was first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks who are said to have made artistic use of the gilded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th century ladies who made artistic use of lots of free time.
Lisa Nilsson: "Tissue Series" (via Juxtapoz)