Paper is a humble medium. It’s often cheap and you probably have some within 20 feet of you right now. Most of us just use it for jotting down ideas, writing notes or doodling but some resourceful artists out there use it to create stunning works of art.
Often referred to as papercraft, this art form take the ordinary and transforms it into the extraordinary. Many artists use nothing more than paper to create anything from exquisite cut outs to the most detailed and realistic models. Today we present 40 Awesome Works of Art Made From Paper that will inspire you to take a second look at the often over-looked material and re-think its possibilities.
This astounding paper model looks amazing with all the little lights illuminating it. Be sure to hit up the link for more pictures of this masterpiece.
This life-sized paper model of Link is amazing. Can you believe it’s just paper? Click on the picture to see videos of the build.
This detailed train was designed and built by Claudio. It has over 400 parts and you can download the plans for free to build your own.
Another of Claudio’s paper model designs. This Back To The Future Delorean even has a detailed cockpit. Click the picture to download the plans for this model for free.
This Origami work was based on the Mensa logo. No cutting or gluing here – just folded paper.
Amazingly, this fiddler crab was created by folding just a single piece of paper.
Sher Christopher collects paper from all over the world to create unique works of art. This piper is intently focused on his subject.
This masked woman has great style. The curled paper hair looks awesome.
Peter’s pieces often have a thought provoking effect on the viewer. This one is no exception. Great original concept and flawless execution.
I love the idea of this one. It almost has a life after death feeling to it.
This symmetrical design is really impressive and full of little details.
This insane paper model takes the idea of the pop-up book to a new level. Truly remarkable.
Bovey Lee produces some extraordinarily detailed paper cut-outs. This is a close-up of a larger piece that will blow your mind.
Wow. I can only imagine the time invested in this intricate piece. You should definitely visit Bovey’s site to see her other works.
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A tribute to old school handheld gaming, this Gameboy almost looks real at first glance.
Speaking of old school, these Snow Walkers are awesome. You can even print out the plans and build them yourself.
This little origami penguin is a folded dollar bill. The white beak and the swirl for the eye is really impressive.
This artist’s uncanny ability to perfectly line up artwork on the dollar bill to become details of the final product is amazing. The head of the fish couldn’t be more perfect if he painted it on after the fact.
This stylized 3D papercraft is simply beautiful. I love the depth and perspective it has.
Another stunning vision in 3D papercraft with clean lines and lots of details to discover.
The simplistic and clean design of this piece is awesome.
I really like the 3D quality of this artist’s work.
This insane paper model not only looks great but actually features a moving fan, crankshaft and pistons. Click the picture to see a video of it in action.
This paper model has a crazy amount of detail. Even the tracks are made of paper.
It’s hard to believe someone could design and build such an amazing scale model of a ship just using mostly paper.
Transformers’ Bumble Bee never looked so good. Can you believe this is just basically paper and glue.
This paper model looks real enough to be used in a movie. Notice all the details. I can’t find anything that gives away the fact that it’s not real.
This cargo ship has clean lines and some great colors.
This super-cool paper Predator come with his own set.
Another awesome papercraft model from Loenf with its own scene and background. This one has great looking textures and detailed terrain.
This fighter jet is full of authentic details including missiles docked just under the wings. check out the other pictures for even more detailed shots by clicking on the photo.
The space shuttle with an opening bay door and robotic arm ready to deliver its payload. Amazing.
This old school bi-plane with a spinning prop is wonderful.
Yulia’s work is truly outstanding and inspiring. I love the flourishes in this one.
This design is full of wildlife in vibrant colors.
Beautiful topography and great colors make this design really pop.
Bert Simmons creates 3D models of people then flattens them and prints them out to be assembled. The end result is amazing.
This piece is actually a wearable mask. Check out the artist’s site to see a video of someone wearing it. It looks like a real-life bobblehead.
This stunning papercraft is made from cutting up a book. It has lots of movement in it. You can almost hear the wind rustling in the trees.
This awesome book-cut sculpture depicts Alice and the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Tim Mercer is a photography enthusiast, graphic designer, artist and blogger. His blog offers free resources for the digital artist and graphic designer, as well as tutorials, artist interviews, inspiration and more.