Make your own HIPPO, the hippopotamus monster sculpture with our printable PDF template! Follow the instructions & you will be proud of your low poly hippopotamus. Isn’t it a funny & unique decoration object for the shelves of your living room or even a gift for an animal lover?
Don’t be afraid, I assembled the sculpture so everybody can do it! You will just need time & precision. Put your music on & enjoy the assemblage! (For me it is a perfect way to relax).
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► Once purchased, download the ZIP file with the patterns (PDF files to be printed with A4 or A3 sheets – Letter or Tabloid in the States) & the complete instructions in English to make the sculpture.
► Print the template (choose the sheet format which is more convenient for you). The size of the sculpture will be the same with A3 or A4 paper. The paper must be thick (200 / 300 GSM / grams per square meters). The one I use is 270 GSM & it is perfect for that kind of sculpture. You can print at home if you have a printer or, easier, go to the nearest Print shop, you could buy the paper & print there.
► You have the printed pattern! Now just check you have the following tools: a pair of scissors, a ruler, white paper glue and a tool to fold the paper (could be a scoring tool / cutter pencil or even a small knife). You are ready to begin!
► Now just follow the instructions: cut the parts, fold & glue them. It is easy, all the parts of the pattern are identified with edge number guide for easy assembly (to assemble the papercraft model just match the numbers on the edges with the corresponding number & glue the edges together).
► Once the sculpture finished, if you have not used colored paper, you can either paint it or color it by following the color codes of the pattern or customize it as you want with other colors!
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► Difficulty Level: Medium – The nose, the eyes, the tail and the ears have several small folds and need more precision and patience.
► 3D Papercraft: HIPPO, the strange hippopotamus sculpture
► Approximately size (A3 & A4 patterns): 24 cm / 9.4 In (height), 21 cm / 8.2 In (wide), 44 cm / 17.3 In (deep)
► Use thick paper: A4 or A3 (in the States, the equivalent A4 is Letter - & A3 is Tabloid)
► A3 template (PDF): 9 Sheets - 66 Parts
► A4 template (PDF): 17 Sheets - 66 Parts