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Papercraft Tutorial: Papercut Exploding Dice


Right now is Launch Day of The Artwork of Papercraft by Helen Hiebert! To have fun, Storey Publishing allowed me to decide on a tutorial from the guide to share in full for example of the array of one-sheet wonders that you’re going to discover inside its greater than 300 pages.


white paper cube with grassy floral papercut design

I like the look of contributing artist Bhavna Mehta’s Exploding Dice… maybe a fairly daring title for one thing so elegant, however then once more, the papercut design does have a robust sense of eruption! It makes me consider spring (which is certain to reach despite the fact that it is all-white exterior as I kind) with its leafy sprouts and just-opening buds.



DESIGNED BY  Bhavna Mehta


PAPER USED  98 lb. Canson Mi-Teintes


LOOK FOR  White paper is so pretty for this venture, however attempt different colours. This specific paper is available in all kinds of colours, or any card inventory will work.


This design provides a paper-cut factor that spans the folds and makes the field explode right into a sculpture. You are in control of the cut-out design on this one – be at liberty so as to add coloured papers behind the cutouts earlier than you assemble the dice and/or create window flaps.




  • Pencil and eraser
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Slicing mat
  • Bone folder
  • Tweezers (elective)




1. With a pencil and ruler, use the diagram under as a information for drawing a cross form onto your venture paper. Use a craft knife and reducing mat to chop out the form, then use a bone folder and the ruler to attain the fold strains. Flippantly label the highest and backside as proven on the diagram.


diagrammed template of square cube that shows cut and fold lines


 cutting mat on which bone folder, metal ruler, white paper shape, and craft knife are placed

2. Set the cut-out cross in your reducing mat with the underside closest to you. There are 4 sq. surfaces to chop your design into: the three squares forming the horizontal a part of the cross and one sq. above that row (the highest). Intention for a design that flows throughout all 4 sections, with the paper reduce on most edges besides the underside, the place it wants to remain hooked up to the underside piece. Erase stray marks as essential.

Tip: Smaller repeated shapes (particularly with lengthy stems) work finest for the cut-out design. The longer the form(s), the nicer the explosion.


left hand holding paper in place on cutting mat while right hand uses a craft knife to cut out penciled pattern drawn on white card stock unfolded cube 

3. Come out the cutout shapes Use a bone folder or tweezers to come out small items.


cut and creased white paper cube with grassy papercut design on four sides displayed on cutting mat waiting to be assembled

4. Apply double-sided tape to the seven tabs on the face-up facet of the paper, and assemble the dice.


hands displaying white paper cube with grassy papercut design that is not fully assembled



Bhavna Mehta has engineering levels from universities in each India and the US and labored as a software program engineer for a few years earlier than turning to artwork. She lives in southern California and works with paper reducing and embroidery to inform tales about relating and remembering, combining figurative imagery with botanical motifs, textual content, and shadows.

Utilizing paper as pores and skin, and thread as a device to attach and mend, Mehta cuts and sews to painting exposing and hiding. Her type is influenced by the folk-art traditions of her native India, the place she was raised in an prolonged household surrounded by girls who consistently embroidered, knitted, sewed, and created for the house.

detail of all-white grassy papercut design on folded paper cube

Excerpted from The Artwork of Papercraft by Helen Hiebert. 

Used with permission from Storey Publishing.


I hope you will get pleasure from making this dynamic Exploding Dice and may have the prospect to peruse the opposite 39 tutorials that Helen included in The Artwork of Papercraft.


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