Papercraft Cheshire Cat Smile

Projects Making

I’m trying to post more about things I make, and do. Here’s one from last year’s batch. For a production of Alice in Wonderland, last year, I needed a quick Cheshire Cat smile.

Initial sketch. A failed attempt at trying to avoid having the build the nose to put the whiskers on.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt this year making things, it’s to almost always throw out your first draft. Here’s the second design.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Freehanding a template for cutting.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Shoe boxes are a good source of high-quality, often paper covered card. This one was black on the inside, which gave me the two colours I needed. Template traced onto the card for cutting.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Using the cut card as a template for freehanding the next section. The white section will actually become the teeth, so I’m tracing out the shape of the outer mouth.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Making sure the sizing will work, and doing a more detailed plan for the nose.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Cutting the template into negative space to give me a mockup of the shapes.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

These are the 3 layers which will make up the finished product.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Cutting out the teeth. These were actually measured, but the sizing was arbitrary, I just made each tooth outwards, slightly narrower and then mirrored that to the other side.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Shaping the teeth.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Teeth ready for gluing.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

You can often use black felt marker to tidy up edges like this.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

I used Tarzan’s Grip here because I wanted a small amount of play in the positioning after I’d placed it down. If you’re feeling confident, superglue (CA) would work too.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Gluing the whiskers together.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

And the completed product.

Papercraft cheshire cat smile under construction

Not pictured is that I used a short section of 5mm dowel as a handle.