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The World of Paper Craft

When we think of printer paper, we generally tend to think of documents, graphs, charts, and maybe even a homemade greeting card. But there is an artistic and creative use for all that paper you have laying around that is quickly taking the internet by storm. It's called papercraft, and involves creating three-dimensional models out of paper, card stock, or paperboard.

The two most popular file types for papercraft patterns are the familiar .pdf format and the .pdo format. PDF files are used by Adobe products, whereas PDO files are used in Pepakura, an editing program created by the Japanese company Tama Soft. For either format, you simply need to browse the net for patterns in either file type, then open those files within their respective programs. The files contain the patterns and all the instructions on how to print and fold your models.

The results can be as simple or as complex as you wish, and for those of us who are just starting out, there are luckily several websites which offer patterns and instructions on how to make those models in our minds a reality.
Paperkraft features lots of free patterns, mainly in PDO format. The genres included are anime, manga, video games, cartoons, films. There are also more traditionally-themed models such as origami, pop-up cards, and dioramas. The site is easy to browse and features an image of each completed model so that you can decide which is best for you. http://www.paperkraft.net
http://www.paperkraft.net
Easypapercrafts features many free patterns, including paper flowers, holiday paper templates, posters, as well as lots of three-dimensional model templates. The paper flower patterns are especially striking, allowing the user to create beautiful, intricate paper flowers which can be combined into a grand floral design. http://www.easypapercrafts.com
Papercraft Inspirations is a periodical dedicated to the hobby, which is perfect for those who are interested in learning about the trade and getting insider tips and tricks. They also offer a host of free patterns on their website, including popular patterns from their magazine. Each issue of the magazine, in fact, features an array of free model designs, and all of these are uploaded after each issue is published.
http://papercraftinspirations.themakingspot.com/category/tags/free-templates
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, all of these sites can help you to design, print, and create your favorite papercraft ideas. Now you can turn a few sheets of plain white paper into intricately designed, fantastic looking three-dimensional paper models!