STEAM: Make a Paper Zoetrope
All levels | 18 min 12 sec
Make a Paper Zoetrope
Scientist and maker Jamie Hudson shows you how to make a handheld paper zoetrope which creates an easy 10-frame animation and demonstrates persistence of vision, which tricks the brain into turning many still images into one moving image. This is how all cartoons and movies are made, and you get to make an animation of your own with a Cricut and some poster board. Putting together this classic piece of movie-making history requires no glue. The Cricut does all the work, and you just need to fold it together and let your imagination do the rest.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Two sheets of Cricut posterboard
  • Unsharpened pencil
  • Pencil eraser
  • Marker
  • Regular 8 1/2" x 11" inch paper for film strip
  • Fine point blade
  • Cricut marking pen
  • Light grip mat
  • Cricut and mobile device to access Design Space
Learn how to:
  • Make a zoetrope out of paper using the Cricut
  • Use Cricut Design Space software
  • Assemble paper pieces to create a 3D project
  • Create a simple 10-frame animation

What you'll get:
  • Step-by-step instructions from Jamie Hudson showing you how to make a paper zoetrope
  • HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and downloadable SVG files
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Krafty Kitten
files didn't import at the correct size, but with adjustment worked beautifully
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Alice Dunn
What a fun technique!
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