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.

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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58 Discussions

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Penolopy Bulnick

20 days 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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KarlisO1

14 days ago

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

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jessyratfinkKarlisO1

Reply 14 days 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

20 days ago

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

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Elaina MUnicorn8193

Reply 20 days 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 20 days 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 20 days ago

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

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Elaina MNISHANT CHANDNA

Reply 20 days ago

Hi NISHANT CHANDNA , thank you for participating in the Robot Cupid paper craft give-away. We hope you had fun making with us. We've sent out messages to all the participants with instructions on how to provide their info. Please understand that it does take some time and effort to collect all of the usernames from participants. We appreciate the community being patient as we work through the processes of making sure everyone receives their give-aways. We hope you enjoy your pack when it gets to you and look forward to seeing you make along with us in the future :)

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Disasterific

Question 4 weeks ago

Isn’t it expensive to give and ship multiple items to people

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KarolyTelekesDisasterific

Answer 26 days ago

Well, they are sponsored by Autodesk if that answers your question. And occasionally probably by other companies on bigger contests. :)

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misterxpDisasterific

Answer 4 weeks ago

Same question we all want to ask Santa! Awesome isn't it ;-)

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Unicorn8193Disasterific

Reply 27 days ago

Why don’t you just thank them for giving you freebies and don’t worry about shipping!

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ChelseaP16

4 weeks ago

My boys loved making this