Source: Foster and Partners
With Summer at your disposal, there’s no better time to work on a long-term craft project to create something remarkable.
Making a paper craft city presents lots of creative possibilities with the option to make it an ambitious multi-day activity. You can approach this any number of ways, but you could try the following steps as a start guide.
Gather your materials
To make a paper craft city you will typically need the following:
- Sticky tape
- Strong (but safe) glue and a glue stick
- Firm card, small boxes (such as those toothpaste comes in) and empty toilet roll tubes
- Thick cardboard or a cardboard box
You may also need:
- Coloured paper
- Coloured card
- Various colours of felt tip pen
- A helpful adult or older sibling!
Remember that creativity counts! You can always substitute items you don’t have for similar things or try a slightly different approach.
Create a base for your city
This could be done using either thick card, cardboard or a cardboard box to form the base for your city.
There are lots of ways to approach this; you could plan out exactly where buildings are or take a more free form approach. Either way, some decoration goes a long way. Try sticking down coloured card to mark out where roads, pavements, grass and rivers will be. You could also draw on fine details with felt tips pens.
If you’re using a large cardboard box as your base, there’s also an opportunity to give your cityscape a sky background.
To do this, remove the top flaps and one, two, or three of its sides. Then use a glue stick or sticky tape to apply paper the colour of the sky you want over the remaining sides on the inside. You may also wish to cut out and add clouds or a sun in the same way.
Creating buildings and skyscrapers for your city
There are a number of ways to do this, but the simplest is to use ready made card boxes and decorate them.
For each; gently unfold the box, carefully unsticking the tabs at either end without tearing the card until it’s flat. Once this is done, wrap it in a thin coloured paper of your choice (using a glue stick or tape to hold it in place) and stick the box back together the way it was.
With this done you could cut out and glue on a different coloured card for windows or (if the paper is strong enough and the glue dry) draw them on directly with a pen.
Once you’ve created buildings, just stick them to your base with the stronger glue and wait for them to dry.
Want to get really creative? Try experimenting with different shapes for your buildings like empty loo roles or perhaps create some cut out trees to give your city a green space.
Want more ideas to make your paper craft city the best it can be?
Try these cut out building designs to print or copy, cut out and decorate
Or this clearly explained guide on how to plan and construct your city