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Easy paper card pop-up tutorials for kids – Antje von Stemm

From German paper engineer and illustrator Antje von Stemm, and hands L and R, enjoy this series of easy pop-up book tutorials for kids. Above, Stack the Boxes Up. Below, Make a Snappy Mouth, add eyes, and Make a Pop-...

The Foldscope – A Paper Microscope that Costs $1

To help make microscopes as accessible and as sturdy as pencils, Stanford University biophysicist Manu Prakash created an ultra-low-cost origami-based microscope. He was inspired by a 2011 visit to a Thailand clinic w...

Tiny engines made with paper

Behold engineer Aliaksei Zholner's working V8 engine, made entirely with paper (and he notes, "some scotch tape on valves to eliminate friction"). At 32 x 24 x 27 mm, it is tiny, as is this paper throttle: Zho...

Balablok (1972) – Bretislav Pojar’s animated parody of human nature

Director, animator, and puppeteer Bretislav Pojar explores human fallibility though simple paper cutout shapes in Balablok (1972). A masterful piece of wordless storytelling, the stop motion short film won the Cannes ...

Mathematical Present Wrapping with Katie Steckles

When you're wrapping a variety of shapes, it can be a challenge to wrap them neatly, but with a bit of measuring, thoughtful folding, and practice, your cuboid, pentahedron or equilateral triangular prism, cylinder, o...

Animated Life: Mary Leakey & the Laetoli footprints

Forty years ago in Laetoli, Tanzania, an elephant dung fight between a couple of paleoanthropologists led to a discovery: a fossilized animal print, at least 3.6 million years old. But the site had an even bigger surp...

Crafting a highly-detailed paper Boeing 777 jet airplane

This airline commercial features the intricate work of Luca Iaconi-Stewart, an American designer who has been making 1:60-scale Boeing 777 jet airliners from manila folders and glue for the last five years. With t...

Orizuru, a remote controlled origami crane that can fly

A super lightweight, flying symbol of peace, this RC origami crane is made from paper, carbon tubes, 3D-printed nylon filament, and an energy-efficient microcomputer. Its wingspan is 27.6 inches (70 cm), and only weig...

Quirkology’s 10 Amazing Optical Illusions (and how to make them)

From former magician/current author and British psychologist Richard Wiseman, enjoy these 10 amazing DIY optical illusions that you can try at home: A LEGO impossible object, a kiwi triangle, an appearing straw, an up...

Fold & Cut Theorem – Cut any shape from only one cut

Can you cut a square from the center of a piece of paper with just one straight cut? Spoiler: YES, you can. In this Numberphile video, Manchester-based mathematician Dr. Katie Steckles demonstrates an idea that dates ...

Andrew Gatt’s Ultimate Paper Roller Coaster

Perfect for the classroom or at home, Andrew Gatt's paper roller coasters are not only fun, but they also teach so many lessons in engineering, construction, teamwork, trial and error, and more. In exploring physics a...

Chris K. Palmer’s origami tessellations – Flower Tower

Origami artist Chris K. Palmer specializes in complex origami tessellations -- "a flat surface is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps" -- that he folds ...

Red PaperBridge, a temporary installation by Steve Messam

A red paper foot bridge arcs across a small river in the Grisedale Valley in Cumbria. Accessible by a 2 mile walk from the town of Patterdale, it sits in nature as a bright tribute to its natural surroundings, as well...

The art of suminagashi or Japanese paper marbling

Watch artisan Tadao Fukuda as he creates beautiful handmade marbled papers, an art called suminagashi (墨流し) in Japanese. From echizenwashi.jp: Mr.Fukuda is in his eighties and very energetic to have had his marb...

Sesame Street: What is Dance?

What is Dance? Hear kids answer this question from their own experiences as these charming illustrations and cut paper characters shake, wiggle, leap, boogie, hula, and play. We love animation styles that hearken ...

Scott Blake’s Hole Punch Flipbooks

Do you have a hole punch around the house? In these two videos, artist Scott Blake demonstrates that flipbooks don't need to rely solely on drawn, painted, or printed pages. Enjoy these Hole Punch Flipbooks, two editi...

Cubits (1978) by Al Jarnow

From animator, artist, sculptor, and filmmaker Al Jarnow, enjoy this 1978 experimental animation classic filled with patterns, geometry, logic, and other ideas beyond animation: Cubits. From AV Club: Many of Jarnow’...

Dancing Paper, 8bit Harmonica, and Musical Umbrella by Ugoita

The next time we start folding origami cranes, we're going to be tempted to give them legs and little magnetic feet. This is Dancing Paper, a project by multimedia artist Ugoita. Watch as the cranes dance with synchro...