Recently, Animal Crossing released a mobile version of the game, which I was obsessed with for quite a bit. Naturally, I decided to make my paper sculpture into characters from the game. Originally I planned to use my favorite characters but later evolved the designs into my cats. I wanted to make more than one character, so I crafted a little bench for them to sit on. I had a few difficulties along the way, but overall, they turned out pretty cute.
Making the design was easy enough; I found a template online and traced and colored it using the pen tool. Actually putting it together was a more complicated process. In my first attempt, I used cardstock which did not go well because the paper was thicker and less flexible. The paper tabs were also too small, so nothing would hold together. I compensated by straying from the design and cutting bigger tabs as well as using bond paper. Putting them together still had some challenges because the design was so small, but overall they held together for the most part.
For the bench, I used a simple rectangle and folded in half. I made smaller rectangles for the bench legs and rolled them up and glued them to the bottom. I originally made four, but when I placed the characters on top, I noticed the middle sagged from the weight. I ended up making another two legs to glue in the middle for support.