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Four wonky cut out paper dice with illustrated numbers

Four wonky cut out paper dice

1) Four flavours of dice, all charmingly wonky!

Wonky cut out paper dice with funky hand drawn numbers

2) Spelling it out…

Wonky cut out paper dice with hand drawn roman numerals

3) Roman style…

Wonky cut out paper dice with hand drawn dots and stripes

4) Dots and stripes…

Wonky cut out paper dice with hand drawn sweets

5) Sweet tooth…

I’m really enjoying ‘wonkiness’ at the moment. I think it’s a reaction to having so many Apple products in my life – an iPhone, an iPad, a MacBook Pro – they are all exquisitely designed, but perhaps a bit too perfect. Instead, I’ve found myself rejoicing in flaws – I was even recently heard saying that it was OK that my kids had drawn on the dining room table because it gave it the ‘worn look’!

Now, of course, there’s a fine line between what’s rustic, and what’s bad workmanship, so I hope I’ve got the balance right with these ‘wonky’ cut out paper dice. They were all created freehand, without rulers, and therefore have lots of gaps and cracks, they are even assembled crudely using sticky tape. The idea came from having to quickly make a paper dice for my son – I used the same technique described below, and found the finished result to be quite charming.

How to make your own wonky cut out paper dice

I’ve provided printable artwork for all the designs shown above. Just click the download link and follow the simple folding plan outlined in the instructions below. Have fun.

Easy to follow instructions for making wonky hand drawn paper dice

Download printables and instructions›

1) Colour versions of artwork – just start folding
2) Collectable instructions – stick them on the fridge
383 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

I thought it might be fun to gauge your love of a little wonkiness with this simple poll. Let me know which way you swing, perfect or wonky, and I’ll dedicate a project to the winning category.

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28 thoughts on “Four wonky cut out paper dice with illustrated numbers

  1. If you were to make tabs for the edges that fold over and cut slots into those edges you could make the entire dice without tape, it would still be plenty wonky, but in my opinion look better.

  2. Scott –

    I love your website and the things you post. But you haven’t posted in a while… Why not? I love seeing the things you create!!

    Post soon!

  3. From your blog, I already knew you’re one creative guy when it come to design. Especially the pictures on the background. Wish you can start to post new updates soon.

  4. Virgin apple person in process of converting .Still live in room ,house ,world surrounded by scribbles and nothing thrown away ,buttons ,glue ,washers,ribbons string ,lead ,letraset begorra!.Know the way forward is digital and fly between fear and excitement of learning the new tools.
    Find your blog honest and comforting AND very impressed you are sharing and doing it congrats and thanks

  5. Scott; I love your website and that it appears to be random ( like a unexpected gift) when you post your ideas, fantastic! I would like to say thanks for sharing. It is refreshing to see more guy oriented projects to do with the kiddies. Fun projects for Dad to do with the kiddies, lets fact it he is not going to teach them the finer points of sewing, but he sure would love to build a coat hanger marble run! My daughter was glued to the screen as I surfed your site.I look forward to visiting often.

    • Thank you Mom of 2 monkeys! I take a lot of encouragement from your comment – if I can inspire kids (or a Dad) to have fun making things, my mission has been accomplished! Scott:)

  6. Ooh, I’m bothered that I can’t choose between whimsically wonky and pleasingly perfect! Thank you for the downloads, they’re perfect, and I’m sure I’ll construct them wonkily. :)

  7. I would love to say I voted for wonky but sadly I find it easier to do perfect. I wish it wasn’t true cos perfect can be pretty boring. I love your site btw!!!

    • Ha ha, I understand that struggle very well, one half of me wants to make things perfect, the other half wants to keep things loose and less polished. I’m just enjoying ‘wonky’ a bit more at the moment! Scott

  8. Hi Scott
    Often have I felt the same way about the neatness of computer graphics – altho the computer is endlessly useful as an art tool I also love the old sign writing and posters that were drawn by hand with the wonky lines and rough bits and creative solutions to mistakes! There is something beautiful about errors!
    Thank you for your creative space!

    • Hi Nancy, Yes, I agree, I love using my computer, but it can sanitise things – that’s probably why I like the craft movement so much, it’s the complete opposite, it revels in imperfection. Thanks for your comment. Scott

  9. Luv to great artwork to the most dodgiest degree. Hurray for the endeavor of creativity and not the focus of perfection. Definitely needs to be celebrated! …or should I say cecelbeated?

  10. Delightful!! And I just subscribed to your site yesterday. I looked in my email and saw that you had posted and I was shocked that I had such luck! Thanks for your posts . . . truly inspirational!

    • Hi Jennifer, Thanks for subscribing and thanks for the encouragement. Hopefully you’ll enjoy my future posts, I’ll try my best to make them interesting! Scott:)

    • Thanks Diane, yes, you’ve got a good point – I did notice, when looking for other dice examples, how few were decorated in anything other than dots. Hopefully this will be a start in adding a bit of variation to google images ‘dice craft’ search! Scott:)

  11. Great one Scott, as always!…You just practice the saying that “Innovation in thinking is not enough, try creating things with your hands”, and inspire us all to follow your path.

    • I second that, I really do hope that more people will have a go at making things. It’s fun, rewarding, and as this post hopefully shows, you can get great results even when things aren’t perfect. Scott:)

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