Are you ready to get your hands sticky and prove you’re the best ever? Why not get creative and put together some of these fun Pokémon arts and crafts projects? As with most artistic endeavors, the journey is more important than the destination, so for each project I’ve put together easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and downloadable templates to print, cut out, fold, and recognize.
Egg Carton Metapod
Metapod is a Pokemon known for getting tougher and tougher during battle, so you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover this extravagant egg carton The Metapod project gets easier to put together with each step.
Recommended accessories: An egg carton, a printer, green paint, tissue paper, glue (a glue gun if possible), and scissors or a craft knife
Step 1: Carefully cut out pieces from an egg carton following the outlines on the image below. Each piece is a different color to show where to cut. I used a craft knife and slowly made my way through the material, poking lots of holes.
When you’re done, you should have five pieces that look like this:
Step 2: Carefully paint the parts of the egg carton with green paint. I used an acrylic paint; However, the egg carton material is quite porous and rough, so most colors should work just fine.
Step 3: Download the template, print it out and cut out the Metapod vehicle parts along the black outline. Two versions of the template are available; One features a full color texture and the other only has the line art on the template. With the second version, you can print the parts on colored cards or color the parts yourself with markers, paints, etc.
Step 4: Fold the core of the metapod along the dashed line shown below, fold the dash-dash lines down and the dash-dot-dash lines up.
Step 5: Glue the tabs marked “A” and “B” to the corresponding squares and then glue the city tabs “C” and “D” as shown.
Step 6: Attach the two cone pieces to the paper core, pin them onto the ends as shown, and secure with PVA glue or a hot glue gun. If the cardboard bags are too big, you can fill them with a mixture of PVA glue and tissue paper. If the bags are too small, don’t be afraid to really squeeze that paper core inside. Those little imperfections only make the end result more charming.
Step 7: Glue the corners of the egg carton to the sides of the metapod using hot glue or tissue and PVA as shown.
Step 8: Cover the remaining center hole with the last piece of egg carton and attach the eyes from the printed template to complete the project!
Paper Accordion Furret
Lacking the materials or patience to build your own Metapod? Want something faster that doesn’t require you to wait for the paint to dry? Prepare your fingers to fold up your own stretchy and flexible material Furret with a paper accordion.
Recommended accessories: A printer, glue, scissors, and brown and cream card stock
Step 1: Download the template, print it out and cut out the parts of the furret craft along the solid black outline. Two versions of the template are available; one features full color textures and the other only has line art on the template, meaning you can print the parts onto colored cards or color the parts yourself with markers, paints, etc. The textured version of the template is also available as an option. Reprint files so you can print out the page and then put it back in the printer to get both sides inked. The following steps apply to both versions of the template, whether you’re printing double-sided or not.
Step 2: Glue the tabs marked “A” and “B” together to make two long strips of paper. Now glue these strips together at right angles using the tab marked ‘C’ as shown. Most available glue works well for this craft project, but the springy nature of a paper accordion means you’ll get better results with a stronger glue. I used standard PVA glue applied in a thin layer with an old brush.
Step 3: Fold the long strips of paper on top of each other along the dotted lines as shown, interlace the pieces to form the paper accordion.
Step 4: Fold the leg pieces along the dotted lines and glue flat. This will make your legs stiffer. Now glue the leg marked “D” to the tab also marked “D”. Repeat with the legs marked “E”, “F” and “G” as shown. If gluing the legs into the accordion is a little too cumbersome for you, you can carefully unfold the long strips and glue the legs flat onto the strips instead.
Step 5: Glue the furret’s face to the front of the paper accordion using the tab marked “H” to complete this project.
The great thing about a paper accordion is that you can condense it into a relatively flat shape if you don’t stretch it out. You can mail one along with a greeting card, put one in your pocket, or keep one in your wallet instead of a picture of a loved one (if you really want to).
Paper chain Gyarados
If that previous project wasn’t quite gigantic enough to fill the Pokemon craft-shaped hole in your heart, then prepare to get gooey and glue your own Gyarados together with a simple paper chain.
Recommended accessories: A printer, glue, scissors, and blue and cream card stock
Step 1: Download both sides of the template, print them out and cut out the parts of the Gyarados along the black outline. Two versions of the template are available; one features full color textures and the other only has line art on the template, meaning you can print the parts onto colored cards or color the parts yourself with markers, paints, etc. The textured version of the template is also available as an option. Reprint files so you can print out the page and then put it back in the printer to get both sides inked. The following steps apply to both versions of the template, whether you’re printing double-sided or not.
Step 2: Fold the parts of the Gyarados along the dotted lines by following the button by folding the dash-dash lines down and folding the dash-dot-dash lines up. The dotted lines on the second side should not be folded as they are used to show where the paper loops need to be aligned.
Step 3: Glue the tabs marked “A” and “B” to the inside of the top of the head as shown.
Step 4: Fold over and then glue the tab marked “C” to form a loop as shown. Glue the tabs marked “D” and “E” to the back of the fins located on the sides of the Gyarados headpiece.
Step 5: Thread the strip marked ‘F’ through the loop on the head, bend it around and glue the tab marked ‘F’ in place as shown. The dotted lines on these strips should help align the ends of the loops for a more even look. Repeat this step with the strips marked “G”, “H”, “I”, “J” and “K” in order. If you are making this project on heavier cardstock, you can pull the strips of paper over the edge of the table so they curve without wrinkling, tearing, or breaking. Alternatively, you can gently pull the strips through your fingers to curve them before gluing. Just be careful not to get any paper cuts!
Step 6: Fold the tail fin over and then glue it to the back of the last loop. Attach the two rear fin sections to the second and fourth loops as shown to complete this project. You can tie your newly made Gyarados together with string or add extra paper loops to hang them from the ceiling.
Paper ball jigglypuff
If you are scrolling through this article and thinking to yourself, I am unable to do any of these projects; Everything I do ends up looking like a crumpled mess then this last project is perfect for you. Make your own happy Jigglypuff out of a ball of paper.
Recommended accessories: A printer, pink tissue or crepe paper, two toothpicks, glue and scissors
Step 1: Crumple up your own ball of paper. I would recommend using pink tissue or crepe paper. Not all crumpled balls of paper are the same. Sometimes you end up with a long sausage shape or a really flat and uninteresting result. I’ve found that rotating my hands in the opposite direction of each other gives the best results with the most evenly rounded shape.
Step 2: Download the template, print it out and cut out the Jigglypuff parts along the black outline. Two versions of the template are available. One features full color textures and the other only has line art on the template, meaning you can print the parts onto colored cards or color the parts yourself with markers, paints, etc. The template comes with the parts you need in two different sizes, so depending on the size of the paper ball you are making you may want to cut and add it at a different scale.
Step 3: Fold the ears along the dotted lines and glue the sides together. Attach the ear pieces to toothpicks, either by gluing them in place or using a piece of clear tape.
Step 4: Glue the eyes, hair and feet onto the paper ball as shown.
Step 5: Push the toothpicks into the paper ball to secure the ears, being careful not to accidentally prick your hands. And that’s it! You’re done.
If a crumpled mess full of duct tape, glue, and toothpicks doesn’t get you in the mood to build some clever Pokemon this summer, I’m not sure what will. Maybe you are reading these tutorials and thinking to yourself, I could do better! If so, carry that energy with you and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. And remember, the hardest part about many craft projects is the cleanup at the end. Happy crafting!