Valentine's Day Papercraft - Robot Cupid

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About: I am a Graphic Designer by trade and a passionate crafter, tinkerer, and inventor at heart

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Instructables! Let's make a sweet robot valentine together to celebrate. It's fun and easy to build, and even holds candy! Building Robot Cupid also helps pump up your 2D to 3D skills while making a thoughtful gift. Build this project with family, friends, teachers & students*, or for yourself. Instructables is also running a Valentine's Day Robot Papercraft Challenge & Giveaway!

When you post a photo of your Robot Cupid (here on this Instructable as an "I Made It", or on Twitter, or Instagram), we’ll send you an Instructables giveaway pack! Additionally, Instructables staff will feature the best recreations of this papercraft project on our Twitter and Instagram Stories (and tag you, of course).

Here’s how to participate:

  • Create your valentine by following the detailed instructions in this project.
  • Post a photo of your papercraft to Instagram and/or Twitter, tagging @instructables and #RobotCupid. (You’ll have to follow us on each platform so we can DM you.)
  • Alternatively, post your creation as an "I Made It" at the bottom of this project.
  • We must receive submissions and iterations of this project by February 18, 2019 (11:59pm Pacific Time) to be eligible for this offering.

*Teachers & Students: Check out the Lesson Plan in Step 8 to learn more about connecting making with literacy skills in the classroom.

Supplies:

Step 1: Supplies

  • Printed templated (regular 8.5x11" or A4 copy paper)
  • Scissors
  • Glue (glue stick preferred)

Print Options:

  • Color: Full color print - ready to go!
  • BW: Black and white print - color it in!
  • Blank: Black and white print with blank template - decorate it yourself!

Step 2: Cutting

  • Cut along the outer edge of all of the papercraft pieces.

Step 3: Assembling the Head

  • Fold along the edges.
  • Glue the tabs to create the upper head and inner mouth area.

Step 4: Assembling the Body

  • Fold along the edges.
  • Glue the tabs to create the body, making sure to leave the back flap unglued.

Step 5: Attaching the Head and Body

  • Glue the mouth area into the upper part of the body so that the head and body align.
  • Glue the back flap on, securing it to the sides of the body and head.

Step 6: Assembling and Attaching the Arms and Wings

  • Fold the arms and wings in half where they meet.
  • Glue to secure.
  • Fold on the indicated line at the top of the arm and edge of the wing.
  • Apply glue to this folded area.
  • Attach the arms to either side of body and the wings to the back of the body.

Step 7: Love at First Sight

Congratulations you have successfully made your very own Valentine's Day Robot Cupid. Time to spread some Robot Love!

Sweet Tip: Hide candy, a note or other goodies in your Robot Cupid's mouth for a fun Valentine surprise.

Step 8: Connecting Making With Literacy Skills

Looking for meaningful ways to incorporate more making in your reading block? Robot Cupid is a great way to combine making with English/Language Arts skills. Using this ELA lesson plan you and your students can explore some amazing robot fiction/picture books and then unleash the magic of imagination in your classroom as your students write their own robot short stories. We can't wait to hear about all the creative adventures Robot Cupid has in the student stories!

Step 9: Enter the Photo Challenge & Giveaway!

When you post a photo of your Robot Cupid valentine on

  • This Instructable as an "I Made It",
  • Twitter, - or -
  • Instagram,

we’ll send you an Instructables giveaway pack (shirt, mug, or notebook, stickers, and more)! Additionally, Instructables staff will feature the best recreations of this papercraft project on our Twitter and Instagram Stories (and tag you, of course).

Here's how to participate:

  • Create your valentine by following the detailed instructions in this project.
  • Post a photo of your papercraft to Instagram and/or Twitter, tagging @instructables and #RobotCupid. (You’ll have to follow us on each platform so we can DM you.)
  • Alternatively, post your creation as an "I Made It" at the bottom of this project.
  • We must receive submissions and iterations of this project by February 18, 2019 (11:59pm Pacific Time) to be eligible for this offering.

244 People Made This Project!

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68 Discussions

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Penolopy Bulnick

2 months ago

Hey everyone!

Thank you all so much for participating in this papercraft challenge! We've assigned all the gifts to your accounts, and to claim your goodies, all you have to do is:
-log in to Instructables.com
-check your Inbox
-open the message from Instructables Robot and follow the link to the claim form!

If you run into any hurdles be sure and reach out to us directly via email at service@instructables.com.

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misterxpPenolopy Bulnick

Reply 6 weeks ago

Thanks to all the team from instructables. We received the parcel and my daughter was thrilled! I put a photo on twitter. Thanks very much you made a little girl very happy she is an instructables robot fan too :-)

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pfrsantosPenolopy Bulnick

Reply 2 months ago

Well, apparently (or not), there was a deadline to respond and claim the
prizes/offers. When I got to read the message about it, that deadline
had already passed...

Lesson learned.

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Penolopy Bulnickpfrsantos

Reply 2 months ago

Hi, I talked to the moderators and they have decided it should be okay for you to go ahead and fill out the form :) Since they were trying to get all of these out at once, it may take a bit to get sent, but you'll still get it!

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pfrsantosPenolopy Bulnick

Reply 2 months ago

Thanks for making this happen! I'll fill out my details in the form.
I'll let you know when I receive the offers.

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pfrsantospfrsantos

Reply 8 weeks ago

Just received my package. The notepad is great!

Thanks!

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KotyaraKiev

6 weeks ago

My daugther received gifts! Thank you very much!

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muhammadshahbaz

7 weeks ago

Hi,
I still didn't receive anything. Can you please check and tell me why.
Thanks

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NISHANT CHANDNA

8 weeks ago

Thank You, Instructables I have got my Pencil Notebook and the stickers
THANK YOU SO MUCH

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pfrsantos

3 months ago

Hi!
Just added my Robot. I like your ideas, have already used some to make at home. How will I receive your prize? Will I be contacted by e-mail to send you my shipping info?
Thanks!

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pfrsantospfrsantos

Reply 2 months ago

Well, apparently (or not), there was a deadline to respond and claim the
prizes/offers. When I got to read the message about it, that deadline
had already passed...

Lesson learned.

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Elaina Mpfrsantos

Reply 3 months ago

Hi pfrsantos! I'm glad you enjoyed the papercraft. After the give-away closes on February 18th, Instructables will start to compile a list of participants and send out a form to collect your address. It usually takes a couple of weeks to collect everyone's contact info and start shipping things out.
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KarlisO1

2 months ago

I'm disappointed. Gifts will to send only to US

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jessyratfinkKarlisO1

Reply 2 months ago

Nope! Instructables swag gets sent everywhere, which is what is being given out here.

The text on the prize claim page is about bigger prizes like laptops or machinery - many times it's better for us and the winner to send a gift card instead. That way the winner can avoid additional shipping costs or taxes and we don't have to worry about a piece of expensive equipment never getting to the winner. :)

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Unicorn8193

2 months ago

Hello? I have been waiting since the 18th! When will it get to my house???

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Elaina MUnicorn8193

Reply 2 months ago

Hi Unicorn8193 - don't see your username attached to an 'I made it" on this project. Can you help me find where you participated ?

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Unicorn8193Elaina M

Reply 2 months ago

Hey Elaina, sorry I forgot to say, I posted it on instagram, but I don’t think we ever got a DM!

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Elaina MUnicorn8193

Reply 2 months ago

I'll PM you to get your Instagram handle and look into this further. Thanks !