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Make Your Own Paper Cubewhales


Over the past week, I've been messing around in Inkscape and Blender, making these cubewhale things. They're something I've been meaning to find time for for years, and with the upcoming MAICon convention having an "under the sea" theme, now seemed like a good time to get onto it!

Cube OrcasCube Bleugas

I don't want to hog all the cubewhale fun though, so I've made a bunch of templates that you can print out, colour in, fold and glue into your own cubewhales (if you do, send us pictures!!!). Huzzah!

These are licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence, which means that you can share and make any changes you like, so long as you credit Two Lof Bees and make note of the changes you've made. Exciting!

Each sheet has instructions, but just in case you can't find them after cutting your cubewhale out, here's a recap.

  1. Colour in your cubewhale however you like. Be creative! You can do this before or after printing.
  2. Fold along the edge of every glue tab and face, using the black arrows as guides.
  3. Using scissors or a craft knife, cut out the cubewhale using the fold creases and glue tab outlines as guides. If you're not an adult, it's OK to ask one to do this part for you. If you are an adult, you can ask another adult to hold your hand. Be sure to say thank you!
  4. Apply glue to each of the glue tabs. You can use offcuts to cover the faces and make sure you don't get glue where you don't want it!
  5. Turn the cubewhale over and fold up the top, left, right and bottom faces so that the glue tabs 1, 2, 3 and 4 are inside. Press the glue tabs firmly against the inside of the nearest face.
  6. Try to make sure that glue tabs 5, 6, and 7 are angled a little higher than flat, and then gently fold the back face onto them.
  7. Sit your finished cubewhale on its back and leave it long enough for the glue to properly dry.

Some extra tips that might be helpful!

If you make something with these templates, we'd love to see it! You can send us pictures via email, Facebook or Twitter.

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 31st August 2015
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