Kaleidocycle Paper Toy With a Hand Drawn Design

by Irina
4 Materials
2 Hours
I recommend this project for everyone who loves drawing or painting. You can make a really cool paper toy for kids or unusual greeting card. This toy is usually called Kaleidocycle. The technique is something like origami but a bit different. Generally, it's a folding toy, so, be ready for lots of folding :) But the result is worth trying!
You will need:
thick paper A4 (for example, watercolor paper but I recommend to try on a regular copy paper first);
a pencil and a ruler;
strong glue (clear super glue or hot glue or any other strong. Actually a glue stick or white paper glue will work but gluing process will be much longer);
what you are comfortable to draw with (color pencils or markers, etc).
Below you will find a photo tutorial but I really recommend to watch step-by-step video tutorial, it's rather quick, well edited and makes everything clear.
Step 1: First of all it's necessary to build a template. On a photo below I showed all measurements and lines that will help. It's for paper A4 size.

Actually, if you have a printer, you may download a ready-to use template that is below my video on Youtube. But remember, the toy looks really good if printed/made on thick paper.
Step 2: Draw the diagonal lines like shown.
Step 3: Fold all vertical and diagonal lines.

First, score vertical and diagonal lines with scissors or any thin, not very sharp object (empty ball pen works fine). Then, fold the scored lines. Also, on this step cut off a triangular piece like shown on the second picture below.
Step 4: Now assemble a toy, glue pieces together.
Step 5: Start drawing or painting your design (first make a pencil sketch, then color).
My toy is at the same time a Happy New Year card for my daughter!
I really recommend to try this project if you have kids. And I'm pretty sure, kids of school age will be glad to draw their own design.
Suggested materials:
  • Watercolor paper A4 size
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
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