Build 3-D Papercraft Space Invaders
The papercraft panels use a modified version of our Panel Poster panels. They are fast to build, no glue is needed, and are easy to install and remove using our non-permanent adhesive blocks.
Each Space Invader is 16 inches (40.6 cm) high. The panel design nicely retains a look similar to the original game.
Scoring, assembly, and mounting materials to build your own invaders.
$2.95 - $10.95.
- Step 1: Get Tools and Materials
- Step 2: Print
- Step 3: Score
- Step 4: Cut
- Step 5: Assemble
- Step 6: Install first panel
- Step 7: Install next panel
- Step 8: Install the rest
- Resource - Panel Template File (PDF)
- Resource - No score guide Panel Template File (PDF)
Be aware that safety is your responsibility. Please read our Safety Warning and Disclaimer before you start.
Here's a 7:47 minute video showing you how to build and install a panel.
Step 1: Get Tools and Materials
- Hobby knife
- Self healing mat (or similar)
- Tweezers (optional)
- Small level (optional)
- 6-24, sheets 110 lb, 8.5" x 11" (216mm x 279mm) card stock (or similar)
- 1, Panel Poster Starter Pack (includes score tool and enough adhesive for Invader 1)
- 2, Panel Poster Adhesive Packs for Invader 2
- 3, Panel Poster Adhesive Packs for Invader 3
- Panel template file (PDF):
Step 2: Print
Download and print the panel template onto the card stock. (PIC 2-1) If you don't want to purchase a score tool, download and print the "No score guide" panel template. Here's the breakdown of the number of panels and pages that are needed for the invaders (PIC 2-2):
- Invader 1: 36 panels (6 pages)
- Invader 2: 46 panels (8 pages)
- Invader 3: 60 panels (10 pages)
Step 3: Score
The key to quickly creating a perfect panel is using our Panel Poster Score Guide to make a clean edge perfectly spaced to produce the proper panel height for installation. However, if you do not want to purchase a score guide, you can use a ruler and the "No score guide" template.
- Position score guide.
Place a page on the cutting mat, face up. Position inside of score guide along one edge of the panels and hold firmly in place. (PIC 3-1)
- Score inside edge.
Using the back edge of a hobby knife, drag a score line along the inside edge of the score guide. (PIC 3-2) Keep the knife at a sharp angle and apply pressure during the process. ( PIC 3-3)
- Score outside edge.
Score with back edge of hobby knife along the outside edge of guide. (PIC 3-4)
- Repeat for the other edges.
Repeat for the other 3 edges along the same orientation. (PIC 3-5)
- Rotate and repeat.
Rotate the paper and repeat for the other 6 edges. (PIC 3-6)
Step 4: Cut
- Separate panels
Using the hobby knife and score guide, cut along the five dashed lines on the page to separate the panels. (PIC 4-1)
- Cut lines A & B
Cut lines "A" and "B", stopping at line "D". (PIC 4-2) Repeat for all four corners.
- Cut lines C & D
Cut line "C", stopping at line "A". (PIC 4-3) Cut line "D" stopping at line "B". (PIC 4-4) Repeat for all four corners.
- Cut corners
Cut the corner off from the end of line "A" to the end of line "D". (PIC 4-5) Repeat for all four corners. (PIC 4-6)
Step 5: Assemble
- Apply tape strips
Using the hobby knife and score guide, cut the double-stick tape strips in half. (PIC 5-1) Place a tape strip on each "X" so the tape is close to the edge of line "A" and between the score lines. (PIC 5-2)
Fold all score lines and tabs inward. (PIC 5-3)
- Bond the corners
Remove the protective sheets from the tape. (PIC 5-4) Line up a corner so the edges are even, and apply pressure to the tab against the tape to set the corner. (PIC 5-5) Repeat for all 4 corners.
- Bend outer edge inward
Fold the outer edges so they point inward but do not stick to the tape. (PIC 5-6)
Step 6: Install First Panel
Print out the reference diagram. (PIC 6-1) Choose the location where you want to install. The adhesive block backing has a rubber-based, non-permanent adhesive that can bond and removed cleanly from all sorts of surfaces. (PIC 6-2) We don't recommend installing on wallpaper. Learn more. Wipe down the surface with a lint-free cloth to remove dust. (PIC 6-3)
You should level/square the first panel on the wall since all the other panels are aligned to it. The rest of the panels go up very quickly.
- Position panel and block
Remove an adhesive block from the sheet, place the panel on the wall, and hold the block over the approximate center of the panel. (PIC 6-4)
- Apply block
Pull the panel away and press the block onto the spot you chose. (PIC 6-5) Apply firm pressure for 10 seconds while rocking your thumb back and forth to bond with the surface. (PIC 6-6)
- Apply panel
Peel away the protective cover on the block. (PIC 6-7) Place the panel over the block with a level on the panel, and adjust the panel until it is level. (PIC 6-8) Apply light pressure while rubbing your finger around the foam block to bond it to the paper. (PIC 6-9)
Step 7: Install Next Panel
Get another adhesive block from the sheet and your next panel to install.
- Position panel and block
Position the panel next to the previous panel. Hold the block over the approximate center of the panel. (PIC 7-1)
- Apply block
Pull the panel away and press the block onto the spot you chose. (PIC 7-2) Apply firm pressure for 10 seconds while rocking your thumb back and forth to bond with the surface. (PIC 7-3) Peel away the protective cover on the block.
- Apply panel
Orient the panel in the same direction at the first one. (PIC 7-4) Place the panel over the block and align the edges with the previous panel. (PIC 7-5) Apply gentle, lateral pressure so the edges of each panel touch and close the gap nicely. (PIC 7-6) Once aligned, gently apply pressure while rubbing your finger around the foam block to bond it to the paper. (PIC 7-7)
Step 8: Install The Rest
The rest of the panels are very easy to install. You simply align the next panel with the previous, and so on. Repeat Step 7 for the rest of the panels. Do not worry about slight imperfections in panel-to-panel alignment. It isn’t noticeable in most installations. Enjoy.
- If a panel is damaged, simply build another panel, remove the damaged panel, and install the new panel.
- You can reuse the adhesive foam blocks if desired.
- Each panel's surface is designed to curve slightly inward. Learn more. If this is a problem, we recommend using Panel Poster Extensions to reduce the curvature of the panels.