Tutorial: DIY 2019 New Year Paper Model With Templates

Make a DIY 2019 paper model decoration for this New Year. Our free templates will help you create the brightly colored numbers as shown above.

This is perfect for a party or celebration, or even to give as a gift. The templates have the colored pattern you can see in the preview photo, so all you need is white cardstock to create this unique New Year DIY.

Medium Difficulty

This 2019 paper model is of medium difficulty (of course, that depends on your starting point, if you are a dab hand at creating paper models you may find this easy, if this is your first, you may find it tricky and fiddly – but doable). If in doubt, I recommend printing one of the numbers from the black and white file onto scrap paper (so as not to waste cardstock or ink) and try that first before printing the colored image onto cardstock.

Time Involved
This took me four hours which included cutting and compiling the model.

How to Make the 2019 Paper Models

NOTE: The pattern obscures some of the reference numbers, so I have included a black and white template you can use for reference. You could also use the black and white template for a trial run.

You will need:

  • Template (download below)
  • 15 pieces of A4 or letter sized cardstock or heavyweight paper
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Adhesive (I like glue sticks, however normal white glue or wood glue will work well too)
  • Metal ruler or straight edge
  • Bone folder (you will use this for scoring the paper or cardstock and this will help to give you crisp edges to your folds)


1/ Download and print the template. Download the template here –  2019 Paper Model Templates (489 downloads)

2/ Cut out the shapes, using a craft knife or scissors.

Tip: You will notice that there are numbers by each flap so you know how to pair the flaps and edges. To avoid the numbers showing on the finished model, I have placed the number OUTSIDE of the template. This means when you cut the template from the paper, the numbers will get lost. I suggest either writing the number on the back of the template lightly in pencil or, as I have done here, I cut around the number so I can match the pieces together and I then just cut them off as I adhere the edges together.

3/ Score along the dotted fold lines using the bone folder and metal ruler. If you are not familiar with scoring, we do this to prepare the paper or cardstock for folding. This means using a bone folder (or blunt knife) and carefully drawing this down the side of the ruler along the fold line. This breaks the fibers in the paper and will make it much easier to fold a straight line.

Note the difference between the dotted lines on the template:

.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    = Mountain fold (folds like ^)

………………………  = Valley fold (folds like a V)

Score along all the fold lines.  Match the numbers on the edge and flap and adhere the edges together, with the flap on the inside.

Start adhering to form the numbers. Here are my tips for creating the models:

  • I started with the number ONE as this has a simpler shape.
  • With each, I started on the ‘right’ side of the number (so the number looks correct as I looked at it), finishing on the reverse side. This means that if anything didn’t line up perfectly when attaching the last piece, it was at the back of the number.
  • If I couldn’t see a number because of the pattern, I referred to the black and white version.

Number specific tips:

Number 2: I suggest starting at the base of the number 2 and working in an anti-clockwise direction from the front.

Number 0: I started with the front, attached the outside edge, then the inside of the 0 and then attached the back.

Number 9: There are two very small tabs at the base of the 9 which take careful folding (this is slightly different on the black and white version)

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