I have to admit I’m usually after Mr. A to stay off his iPod but the latest obsession is something that I can get behind. My oldest does not show his face on the blog very often these days, but this blog post is at his suggestion. He recently discovered a companion app for the ever loved Minecraft, Minecraft Papercraft Studio. Minecraft Papercraft Studio allows you to print out Minecraft character templates and bring them to life. You cut, fold, and paste your way to creating three dimensional minecraft characters and scenes. Hmmm…. sounds a little bit like a modern day version of paper dolls to me (but don’t tell him that).
They start off looking a little something like this….
And then end up looking a little something like this….
I won’t even begin to pretend I know who or what these characters are but A is loving this app! And really so am I. We had some good mother & son bonding time over crafting creepers. The app is a little pricier as far as apps go coming in at $3.99, but in his (and in my) opinion it has been totally worth it. He’s spend hours printing out characters, cutting, folding and pasting them together. He’s cleaned out an area of cubbies in his room to make Minecraft displays (yes I said cleaned).
There are a couple of companion apps for it too like “Skin Studio” for example. Skin Studio comes in at $2.99 but it allows you to create “skins” (or as I call them outfits) for your minecraft characters.
He has spent probably too many hours over the last couple of weeks creating “skins” but I don’t mind as much because of the creativity involved. What he thinks is really cool is that after he designs one he can see if anyone else using the app has downloaded it or liked it. The skin he created above got one download which he was particularly excited about. (I think I can relate)
I just think these little guys are really cute and fun to photograph!
Crafty Mom’s Note: When we first got started making these we were just using regular computer paper. You may notice in these photos we ended up using some tape to hold things together. The regular computer paper was getting too soggy with glue. I quickly realized that something like card stock would be a better sturdier way to go. Up to you, but if you decide to give it a try I recommend card stock. There is a lot of cutting and folding, some of it intricate. At 9 years old Mr. A was able to do all of it by himself. Of course it was more fun with Mom’s help *wink wink*. If your kiddos are younger they may need a little more help.
For the record I am not affiliated with these apps in any way nor am I being compensated for this post in any way. Mr. A found these apps and used his own birthday money to buy them. He loves them and thought that some of your kids might too!