To use Paper Pickaxe, start by obtaining a schematic file for the desktop version of Minecraft. You can download a schematic someone else created from a website like Minecraft Schematics, although that site will probably send you some email. You can also select one of our samples from the create page. However, you may not use Paper Pickaxe if you do not own a copy of Minecraft.

Better yet, you can create your own Minecraft structure, and then capture it using a tool like MCEdit or WorldEdit. For inspiration, visit the browse page to see what other people are making.

To use MCEdit, first download and run it. Select "Quick Load", and then pick the level that contains your structure.

Once the level has loaded, navigate to the structure you wish to capture. Use W, A, S, and D to move forward, left, backward, and right, and shift and space to move up and down. Right click and drag to change the direction of the camera.

When you reach your structure, left click on one of its corners. Then navigate to the opposite corner and left click on it. This will select your structure.

To make adjustments to the selected area, left click and drag a side of the selection.

Click "Export" in the left menu. Select a folder and file name, and click "Save".

Once you have a Minecraft schematic, go to the create page. You can choose one of two plans:

Lite
  • Free
  • Schematic size limited to 7 × 7 × 7 blocks
  • Papercraft models include a Paper Pickaxe logo somewhere on the surface
Pro
  • U.S. $4.99 / year (automatic renewal is optional)
  • No size limit
  • No Paper Pickaxe logo

The fees are intended for us to recoup our costs, and are not intended for profit.

After you submit your schematic and choose a model size and other options, Paper Pickaxe will create a PDF papercraft document for you. A link will appear, allowing you to download the file.

Now it's time to build your papercraft model. You will need the following items:

  • Scissors
  • Glue (tacky glue is ideal, but regular glue works just fine)
  • Thick paper (we recommend 32 lbs. paper, also called 32# or 120gsm paper)
  • Tweezers (optional)

To create your model, print it out on thick paper. Cut out each piece along the solid borders. Fold them along the dashed lines. Glue the model into the appropriate shape by applying a bit of glue to each tab, folding it if necessary, and pressing it against the corresponding edge of the model. You can figure out where to glue each tab based on the way each piece is folded and what the final product is supposed to look like.

Depending on the model, you may also need to glue two parts of the model directly to each other, back-to-back. For example, if your model has a door, you might need to glue the front side of the door directly to the back side. This will result in a double-sided door.

Tips
  • Fold down along pure dash lines (mountain fold).
  • Fold up along dash-dot lines (valley fold).
  • It helps to use tweezers when gluing, to hold two parts of the model together.
  • Some tabs have letters on them. Corners with matching letters will meet each other in the 3D model.

When you finish making your papercraft model, it's time to share it! Take some pictures of your creation, and upload them using the share page. Your photos will appear on the browse page, where other people can admire your work. The share page also gives you the option to share your creation on Facebook.