Tinysaurs Miniature Laser-Cut Paper Models

DIY miniature skeletal models.

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Overview

Tinysaurs are do-it-yourself miniature paper models so small that they can stand on the head of a U.S. quarter.

To build these prehistoric creatures, first pop out the "bones" from the laser-etched paper card. Then, follow the simple illustrated instructions to assemble the pieces.

No special tools are required, although we recommend a pair of tweezers and a bit of household glue.

A fun project that takes about 30 minutes per model, Tinysaurs are sturdy enough to stand on their own. Made in the US and are available in a variety of models.

Features & specs

  • Packaging is the size of a matchbook
  • Finished size (T-Rex): 1.75" x 1.5" x 0.25"
  • Finished size (Stegosaurus): 2" x 1.25" x 0.4"
  • Finished size (Woolly Mammoth): 1.25" x 0.75: x 0.25"
  • Finished size (Human): 2" x 1.2" x 0.25"
  • Laser-cut pieces
  • No tools required, just glue
  • Made in the USA
  • Ages 13+

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It's tiny time!

Tinysaurs are tiny, indeed! The "giant" of the group is a mere two inches tall and the smallest design is less than an inch tall. Each skeletal model is made from a piece of laser-cut paper (similar to card stock) smaller than a matchbook.

Simply punch out the pieces (an easy task due to the laser etching) and follow the illustrated instructions to assemble the diminutive models.

Man setting down a T. Rex Tinysaur next to other Tinysaur models.
Create miniature skeletal models out of a laser-cut paper card.

Immensely fun project of tiny proportions

All of the pieces of the model are laser-etched on to a paper card that is only about two inches square!

Due to the precise nature of laser cutting, popping out the pieces is no problem. All of the "bones", no matter how thin, release in one piece without any tearing or frayed edges.

A small laser-cut piece of paper is turned into a dinosaur skeleton model.
A small sheet of laser-cut paper is transformed into an impressive (in a tiny way!) skeletal model.

Impressive detail at a small scale

Frickin' laser beams, y'all! Interestingly, you can thank Albert Einstein for Tinysaurs. Back in 1917, Einstein theorized the possibility of the laser 43 years before technology caught up to his vision.

Today, lasers are used for a wide array of applications including precision machining and cutting. In the case of Tinysaurs, it is the laser that makes it possible to create amazing detail on a micro scale. 

Laser-cut pieces are easy to pop out and put together.
Tinysaurs are made from laser-cut pieces of card paper that are easy to pop out and fit together.

Just add glue (and maybe a pair of tweezers)

Tinysaurs are precisely cut so that each piece connects perfectly. This accurate fit and finish coupled with clear and simple instructions make assembly fun and easy. Simply add a bit of household glue to each piece to cement the model together. Due to its small size, however, we suggest using a pair of tweezers to make your model-building a bit easier.

The Tinysaur packaging is the size of a matchbook.
No special tools required! Just a bit of household glue is all you'll need.

Choose from four mini models

Tinysaurs are currently available in four styles: T. Rex, Stegosaurus, Human Skeleton, and Woolly Mammoth. 

Multiple views and angles of popular Tinysaurs.
Tinysaurs are available in a variety of styles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How long do they take to put together?

Answer: It depends on the model, but generally speaking it takes about 30 minutes to build one.

Question: Are they fragile?

Answer: The paper is a fairly rigid card stock and the completed models are sturdy. They easily stand on their own. That being said, please do not step on them.

Question: Why are there a woolly mammoth and a human skeleton? They're not dinosaurs!

Answer: You're right; humans and woolly mammoths are not dinosaurs. So, here's the deal with the name. The designers named their creation after they fashioned a few dinosaurs. Over time, they wanted to add other interesting models (such as the human and woolly mammoth). By then, of course, the name Tinysaurs had stuck.

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