We are rewinding it back to the 80s with a brand new, retro-inspired paper craft! So, stuff your pocket full of quarters, and let’s head down to the arcade. It is time to play craft a Pac-Man game machine!
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There is just something about the Pac-Man aesthetic that is just so quirky and fun! Just a couple of weeks ago, I made a poster for my son’s 2nd-grade teacher, themed around Pac-Man. I had so much fun putting it together, and it gave me the idea for this retro arcade game design!
- Hot Glue
- Precision Craft Glue or a Glue Stick
- Gel Pens
- A White Paint Marker
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the Pac Man game machine pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
2. Layer together each of your decorative pieces, and draw in your details to make it extra cute. I used gel pens for the small details on the “screen,” and a white paint marker for the larger dots.
4. Attach your decorative pieces to their larger shapes. Fold your front/top piece along the score lines and use the tabs to attach it to the inside of one of the side pieces.
Note: there will be a bit of extra space left in front of the screen section. This is intentional and will be used later to attach your “Pac Man” sign.
Next, attach your back/bottom piece, and then your other side panel.
5. Finally, attach your “Pac Man” sign, gluing the tabs to the inside of the sidewalls. Add any other embellishments that you desire!
Note: I just cut a small piece of a lollipop stick, painted it black, and attached a little gold pearl on top to make a joystick.
There you have it! This project falls on the simpler side, as far as my 3D paper crafts go, but I think it is still a lot of fun. It’s a perfect craft for the gamer or 80s-lover in your life!
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting my Pac-Man game machine together. And don’t forget to share your fun-filled finished project with me on Instagram!
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