40 Awesome Works of Art Made From Paper

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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.
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Wataru Itou
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.

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Haywan
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.

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Cláudio Dias
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.

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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.

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Brian Chan
This Origami work was based on the Mensa logo. No cutting or gluing here – just folded paper.

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Amazingly, this fiddler crab was created by folding just a single piece of paper.

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Sher Christopher
Sher Christopher collects paper from all over the world to create unique works of art. This piper is intently focused on his subject.

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This masked woman has great style. The curled paper hair looks awesome.

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Peter Callesen
Peter’s pieces often have a thought provoking effect on the viewer. This one is no exception. Great original concept and flawless execution.

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I love the idea of this one. It almost has a life after death feeling to it.

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Ingrid Siliakus
This symmetrical design is really impressive and full of little details.

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This insane paper model takes the idea of the pop-up book to a new level. Truly remarkable.

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Bovey Lee
Bovey Lee produces some extraordinarily detailed paper cut-outs. This is a close-up of a larger piece that will blow your mind.

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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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Zim and Zou
A tribute to old school handheld gaming, this Gameboy almost looks real at first glance.

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Biglobe
Speaking of old school, these Snow Walkers are awesome. You can even print out the plans and build them yourself.

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orudorumagi11
This little origami penguin is a folded dollar bill. The white beak and the swirl for the eye is really impressive.

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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.

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Helen Musselwhite
This stylized 3D papercraft is simply beautiful. I love the depth and perspective it has.

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Another stunning vision in 3D papercraft with clean lines and lots of details to discover.

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Smadani
The simplistic and clean design of this piece is awesome.

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I really like the 3D quality of this artist’s work.

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Jalopnik
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.

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Nemisis7485
This paper model has a crazy amount of detail. Even the tracks are made of paper.

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Michael Mash
It’s hard to believe someone could design and build such an amazing scale model of a ship just using mostly paper.

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Warin
Transformers’ Bumble Bee never looked so good. Can you believe this is just basically paper and glue.

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WanRayen
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.

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Moshi
This cargo ship has clean lines and some great colors.

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Loenf
This super-cool paper Predator come with his own set.

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Another awesome papercraft model from Loenf with its own scene and background. This one has great looking textures and detailed terrain.

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Milenio3
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.

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RlWhitt
The space shuttle with an opening bay door and robotic arm ready to deliver its payload. Amazing.

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Wag
This old school bi-plane with a spinning prop is wonderful.

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Yulia Brodskaya
Yulia’s work is truly outstanding and inspiring. I love the flourishes in this one.

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This design is full of wildlife in vibrant colors.

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Beautiful topography and great colors make this design really pop.

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Bert Simmons
Bert Simmons creates 3D models of people then flattens them and prints them out to be assembled. The end result is amazing.

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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.

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Sue Blackwell
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.

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Further Resources

100 free paper model you can print out and build yourself

See some of the most amazing paper models anywhere in this paper models forum

Learn the basics of papercraft with these instructional videos

Tim Mercer

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.

37 comments

  1. These are very artistic, crafty and have good notch in the work. Not too easy for someone but need good skill. These artwork really impressive and I am very amazed to find this post.

    1. Maybe they used recycled paper….focus on the art, the passion and the talent rather than the waste. Their artistic ability is worth more than that.

  2. I am truly stunned by this. Things like this make you realise how great our abilities as humans are. I cannot manifest into words how moving this is…wow

      1. Chris, they’re an awesome display of skill. But the beauty of those works and incredible execution doesn’t make them art. They’re not art by any mean. Well, maybe Peter Callesen’s work could be art, but lately, ppl inmerse in design (and a lot of ppl in general) started calling all beautiful things “art”. It kinda bothers me a bit the misuse of the “art” concept and its undiscriminated application to everything that looks beautiful.

      2. Why are these not art? “Art is the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, !sculpture!, and paintings. …”
        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art

      3. That is such a fragmentated way to describe art that doesn’t even say the most important thing in art: Its signficance.

        That definition (a lame wikipedia one) is such an outdated concept. “Arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions” That is so wrong. Under that definition, a soap opera could be called art… Art has more to do with complexity and significance, and of course with a validation among its own circle of power.

      4. Aken. Really???? Art is in the eye of the beholder and no amount of “explinations on complexity and significance” is going to make me believe that a white canvas with a black stripe is ‘art’. Goodness you sound like an art student who doesn`t apprieciat that ‘art’ is for everyone.

  3. Holy Crap! Those are freaking amazing! The hardest thing i can make out of paper is a paper crane that flaps its wings.

  4. awesome but all the stuff is really made from paper cause it looks like it has strings and stuff. so its 100% paper.

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