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