1) On a heavy sheet of paper (Bristol board, poster board, etc.) create a front view of your character's body, arms and legs (only the body should be one color with no detail). Your character should be around 3"-4" in height. Separately, create the face and any other object that you want to include (I painted a vase holding a couple of arrows, but only a simple heart was used to place on the bear's chest). Make sure the shape of your character's body is simple and symmetrical since this will be the background and shape that serves as your template when cutting into your honeycomb pad. Note: the body will be covered with your honeycomb piece and will not be seen, so just a simple, flat, appropriate color for your character will do.
|Bear body is a simple symmetrical shape. Arms, legs and objects are rendered and the face is created separately.|
3) With a piece of paper (thin copier paper) trace the shape of your character's body (just the simple shape of the head and torso--not the arms/legs).
4) Cut out traced shape and fold in half.
5) Trace this folded shape onto your honeycomb pad. There are cutting instructions on your pad, but you may need to practice with a simple half circle just to test your skills.
6) Cut out your shape from your honeycomb pad (small scissors work best). You should have a honeycomb piece that you can fan out (open), but let's keep it closed for now.
7) Glue one side of your cut out honeycomb shape to the corresponding half of the body (glue stick).
8) Apply glue to the remaining side (which is facing up), fan over and adhere to the other half of body. You will now have the final honeycomb form of your body. You can trim any unwanted edges of your painted/printed background that are exposed outside the honeycomb body.
9) Finish by glueing the face (and any objects you created) in position (it's OK if you squish the honeycomb a bit).