How to Make an Asian Temple

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How to Make an Asian Temple
Construct a model of an Asian temple with paper. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Asian temples are typically pagodas, which are tiered towers with prominent eaves. Found all over Asia, Asian temples function as Buddhist buildings, according to New World Encyclopedia. They originally housed sacred relics in India. Today's pagodas are constructed from wood, brick or stone. To make an Asian temple yourself, print out a paper model found from a web site. Model temples showcase the three distinct sections of the pagoda, the base, body and top. Cut out the paper model and glue it together according to their exact instructions.

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Things you need

  • Internet access
  • Printer
  • 10 sheets white thick paper
  • Scissors or art knife
  • White glue

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  1. 1

    Print out your paper Asian temple model from Paper Models at the Drive Thru RPG web site. Be sure to use thicker paper, such as card stock. This will create a sturdier model.

  2. 2

    Cut out the entire model on the solid lines. Areas with an "X" should also be cut out. Areas with dash lines are bent. Dash dotted lines are bent the opposite direction. Keep each cut out together according to the title of each printout. For example, keep a specific roof section together.

  3. 3

    Glue the temple base wall parts together first. The printout should state temple base walls. They have brown doors and yellow walls. Bend the tabs and glue the edge tabs together. You should be gluing two smaller walls to two bigger walls to create a rectangular box. Repeat to glue all the tiers of the temple walls together. There are four tiers and a base.

  4. 4

    Glue the floor that goes with the base wall box in place. Glue the top tabs of the wall box so they are secure. This base wall box is the inner portion of larger base temple wall box that has all brown shutters that surround the walls. It should be marked as temple rather than the main hall. Glue these walls together and glue the floor into place. Allow it to dry.

  5. 5

    Place the smaller wall box into the centre inside of the larger wall box. Set aside to work on the roofs. Look for the printouts for temple roofs. Piece them together to form a large roof tier. It has eight pieces total, with two pieces on each of the four sides.

  6. 6

    Glue the edge tabs of the four corners of the temple roof tier. Glue the rest of the parts to complete the roof. Glue the rest of the temple roofs in this same fashion. There are six temple roofs, and the top one has a spire. Allow it to dry.

  7. 7

    Glue the four panels of the temple spire. Glue the spire base onto the top of the pagoda roof top tier. Then insert the spire into its base.

  8. 8

    Glue together the inside of the pagoda roof frame for the top roof. It looks like a white rectangle. Glue this white rectangle into the centre of the roof frame.

  9. 9

    Glue the roofs onto the structure by applying glue to the top building tabs and then placing the roof on top. Repeat for each tier. Glue the top roof last. Allow the model to completely dry before moving.

Tips and warnings

  • The model comes with a main hall and wall with separate instructions.
  • The paper temple model can be glued to a large piece of cardboard as a stand.
  • Be sure to keep the cutouts arranged according to the sections for easy assembly.
  • Adult supervision is needed for this craft.

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