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This blog is devoted to my Plants vs. Zombies paper models.

To design the models I use 3DS Max and Pepakura Designer, with Photoshop for textures. The Plants vs. Zombies Wiki is usually the source for my reference images.

To assemble them, all you need is a printer, some glue, and scissors! For most of my models, I’ve included 2 PDFs: one with just color and the other with numbered edges. Generally, you’ll want to cut out the pieces from the first while using the second as a reference for where to fold and which edges to glue together, but you can also cut out the second if you don’t mind the fold lines showing.

Here’s a bit of Q&A compiled from the comments section on various posts:

When are you going to make <insert plant/zombie name here>?

I’m currently not accepting requests. I’m going in my own arbitrary order and would like to keep it a surprise.

What kind of paper do you use?

Just regular multipurpose printer paper. It’s cheap, easy to fold, and glues together well. You can use heavier paper or cardstock if you want a more durable model. Occasionally, I’ll stuff my models with scrap paper for extra support or weight, but paperclips and pennies could work just as well.

The type of printer/ink can make a big difference. If you have access to a laser jet printer, the ink is usually more vibrant and smudge resistant.

Another tip: if you’d like to add a bit of shine to your finished creation, try applying a thin layer of acrylic gloss or spray.

Can you recommend any modeling tutorials?

There are tons of free modeling tutorials online. I would recommend looking up the ones for low-poly game modeling since it’s important that the models not be overly detailed so that they can actually be put together in a reasonable amount of time. When I started out, I found the tutorial that came with 3ds Max to be really helpful and it is now available online: http://docs.autodesk.com/3DSMAX/12/ENU/3ds%20Max%202010%20Tutorials/files/WS73099cc142f4875514c01ac112a7acef16-77bc.htm.

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16 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey,
    I’ve been doing and making papercrafts sometimes, especially yours
    Now I would love to actually start creating a template so i can create my own stuff and post it online too, so I could help other people too
    The problem is, I don’t know where to start…
    I’m fairly good at photoshop (Basics++), but I downloaded 3ds Max and it’s just confusing…
    If you don’t mind, please give a tutorial on how to do it, I’ll most likely even work for you with no payments, just for fun 🙂
    Thx for reading this message and please reply as soon as possible!
    Really appreciate it!
    ~Andrew

    • Hi Andrew,

      I’ve gotten several requests for tutorials, but unfortunately I just don’t have enough time to put one together (I barely have enough time to work on my own models!). Fortunately, there are already tons of free modeling tutorials online. I would recommend looking up the ones for low-poly game modeling since it’s important that the models not be overly detailed so that they can actually be put together in a reasonable amount of time. I’m also self-taught and when I started out, I used the tutorial that came with 3ds Max and is now on the website: http://docs.autodesk.com/3DSMAX/12/ENU/3ds%20Max%202010%20Tutorials/files/WS73099cc142f4875514c01ac112a7acef16-77bc.htm. It’s a good reference and was really helpful for me. Hope this helps!

      Thanks for the work offer, but I’m also just doing this for fun 😉

      • Thank you so much for replying to this message, I really hope I can start making my own models! If I need questions or help, I will absolutely contact you again, Thanks for all the help!

  2. Hi, I have making this excelent and awesome models, and I have a troube with the cactus, I can´t put the eyes, can you help me?

    • It’s actually the ink… I like to use the laser jet printer at work because it uses a high quality waterproof ink but the paper by itself has no shine. However, in the past I have painted a thin layer of acrylic gloss on other paper models and that helped to add both shine and seal in the color.

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