The Zelda community has inspired some outstanding papercraft models, but none quite like this.
Papercrafting can be a tedious and frustrating process for beginners due to the patience it requires to assemble models with a lot of small pieces or just a large number of pieces in general. Before taking on a task such as building a life-size model of Zelda, one should start with a model that uses basic shapes and folding techniques. This King Harkinian papercraft offers just that!
Experienced papercraft enthusiasts will have no trouble taking on this project, but for those interested in starting a papercraft hobby, I’ll walk you through the process.
First, you will want to grab your stuff! This includes:
- X-Acto Knife; or any other sharp craft knife (remember to be careful when handling a knife).
- Glue; I prefer Loctite’s Super Glue Gel Control because it dries almost instantly with applied pressure but any other glue will do (standard glue will take more time to dry).
- Metal Ruler; used as a guide when cutting and scoring.
- Metal Rods; used to apply pressure from within a model if your fingers are too large.
- Toothpicks; used to apply the right amount of glue to each piece.
- Tweezers; this lets you fold and hold small parts.
- Cutting board; this will protect the surface you’re cutting on.
- The model parts printed on cardstock; you can find the ZIP file that includes the model as a PDO and PNG image files here (print the PNG files and use the PDO as a reference).
- Pepakura Viewer; this program allows you to open PDO files.
To begin, let’s review the basics.
The downloaded ZIP folder contains a lineless and a lined version of the model as PNG files. To know where to score and fold the lineless model we will open the lined version PDO file in Pepakura Viewer. A dotted line (- – -) indicates a mountain fold, which means fold the paper down, and a dotted-dashed line (- — -) indicates a valley fold, which means fold the paper up.
Once you have a piece cut out, you’ll want to score the folding lines. If you’re not familiar with scoring, it simply means to scratch the surface of the paper to ensure a sharp edge on a fold. This can be done by slightly running the blade of the X-Acto knife along the fold line. However, it is possible to use an old, empty ballpoint pen, but I recommend the knife method. Also, using the ruler as a guide when scoring can be helpful.
The white tabs on the edges of pieces are where glue needs to be applied to connect the pieces. In the case of papercrafting, a thin layer of glue applied with a toothpick is best.
If at any point you become confused, you can always refer to the PDO file of the model which shows how each piece should be folded in 3D space, where the pieces should be connected, and all of the fold lines. If you follow the fold lines, the model should form itself as you progress.
For this model, I recommend starting with the head and working your way down the body. I’ve numbered the order of parts for assembling the head above.
- Form the top of the head and then move to the face and nose.
- Assemble the hair on the back and beard separately before attaching them to the main head.
- Attach the mustache; which is delicate, so be careful when cutting and gluing.
- Apply the remaining delicate parts: the crown and ears (I forgot to attach the ears until the end in the photo below).
The body is pretty straightforward (the very bottom piece isn’t attached in the above photo).
- Start with the top piece and work your way down.
- Attach the head to the body.
The Coat & Arms
For this model, the coat has the trickiest geometry.
- Start with the top piece that forms a “U” shape.
- Add the side piece that wraps around the “U”.
- Finish by adding the two flaps on the front. The right flap consists of two pieces.
Once the coat is done, it’s time for the arms. Again, these are pretty simple and consist of basic rectangular prisms.
- Assemble the right arm, which is bent at the elbow.
- Next, glue together the two pieces for the left arm.
- Once the arms are together, place glue on their upper parts and glue them to the inside of the coat.
- The coat should sit on top of the body without needing any glue to be held in place.
The Feet, Cup, and Hands
All that remains to craft are the feet, cup and hands.
- Assemble each foot and glue them to the corresponding spots on the bottom of the body.
- For the cup, follow the order of assembly in the above picture.
- When you get to part 5, there will actually be four of these pieces. You will need to cut in your own tab on one side of each piece and assemble them into a rectangular prism that forms the stem of the cup.
- Once the cup is finished, cut out the hands and glue them together by folding them over.
- Shape the right hand in a “U” shape around the stem of the cup; glue the entire cup and hand to the right arm.
- Finally, glue the left hand in place.
You now have yourself a complete King Harkinian model! If you’re interested in building more papercrafts, be sure to head over to Nintendo Papercraft. There are hundreds of Zelda and Nintendo related models to download and build. I would like to thank Vincentmrl for creating this King Harkinian template.
Squadala, I’m off!