Paper bot

I went to the Art Market organized at the Yellow House, Sanepa, a couple of months ago. There were amazing works from various artists and arts collectives. I bought a couple of postcards from Srijanalay made by 3 to 11 year old kids and a few bookmarks from Artree. (Well those were the only things I could afford 🙂 )

As I was browsing through the stalls, a colorful 3d Lakhe (a demon in Nepalese folklore) caught my eye. On close observation I came to know that it was made from a single piece of paper. I made a mental note to return to the stall to buy the cute Lakhe for my 3 year old my niece. After that, I met some friends there and somehow forgot to go back to the stall. I only realized that I did not buy the Lakhe after I reached home and showed the postcards to my sister. The image of the colorful Lakhe was dancing in my head.

Later that night, I wanted to know how the Lakhe was designed and my search keyword ‘3d paper action figures’ led me to a couple of interesting links. I found a cool Batman design on I printed the design and spent like an hour making the 3d paper craft. I really enjoyed making the paper craft and I wanted to make my own design using Inkscape (a graphics design free software).

First, I traced the outlines similar to the ones in the cubeecraft site. Then I made some changes to make the Karkhana paper bot. I added the bot’s antennae and gave it wheels. I then designed a daura (traditional Nepali dress) in its front body and added a door at the back (for maintenance).

Below are the instruction of how to make the Karkhana bot.

Step 1: Print the Karkhana bot on a thick color A4 paper. (I used green)


Step 2: Use scissors to cut out the five shapes along the outer lines and fold along the edges. Use a paper cutter to cut slits along the dark lines with labels. (Fold the trapezoids and lock them inside the small slits, matching the labels)


Step 3: Attach the head, body, hands and the wheels.  🙂



I’m an engineer and an educator. In 2012, I co-founded Karkhana, an education company that designs learning experiences for middle school students. I play guitar and enjoy writing both computer programs and my own songs. I also like illustrating my friends as South Park cartoon characters using Inkscape.

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