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Lava Lizards are only formed inside active volcanoes, first appearing as nothing more than a ball of hot magma, the creature slowly unfurls and straightens out into a long and lively elemental being. If a Lava Lizard wanders too far from a sufficient heat source, the rock found on their back will slowly spread, making movement more and more difficult until the creature turns completely to stone. These rare ‘sculptures’ sell for a high price among the monster hunters of the realm.


This one page, one piece template folds and unfolds into an elemental dragon.
The template features advanced paper engineering and ‘theatrical design’ to create a fun folding experience. As you build the Lava Lizard you will start by building an unrecognisable ball of lava and rock until the last few steps when the template suddenly and dramatically unfurls into the final lizard shape.


Alex Josephine Gwynne is a graphic designer and paper engineer with over a decade of experience designing paper toys and paper crafts.

Alex has turned their obsession with paper based design into a career designing for a wide verity of clients including game developers, book publishers and educational providers. Their constant drive to create engaging paper products and international exhibition pieces has lead to numerous awards and seen their work featured in news papers, magazines and BBC television. Overall Alex believes in the power of paper as a 3D medium and lives by the mantra “limitation breeds innovation” striving to find elegant solutions to complex problems.

How To Build

 – Download
Click the download button above to receive a .zip folder, inside this you will find the flat template of the paper toy along with a reference photo. Selected Fold Up Toys also include blank versions of the template. Open the flat template in your image viewer/editor of choice and print.

 – Print
Print the model onto paper or card, Fold Up Toys recommends a 250gsm card stock for best results, however all models on the Fold Up Toys website should work perfectly well on standard A4 printer paper. On the bottom of the flat template you will see a recommended card stock weight (e.g. 250gsm) for this models specific design.

 – Cut
Cut the model out along the solid outline, some models will have sections that need to be cut with a craft knife, younger builders are recommended to get help from an adult.

 – Fold
Follow the key on the models flat template, folding up or down along the dotted lines as instructed. Some model builders like to score along the fold lines (go over the lines in advance) with a craft knife or empty ball point pen to get a more precise fold.

 – Glue
Most models have numbered tabs, glue the tabs in order to complete the model. If you get stuck, feel free to message the designer using the contact page with a photo of what you’re working on and they’ll be happy to help you.

 – Share
Share your creation on social media, it’s always fun to see Fold Up Toys out in the wild. Be sure to share it with the designer @Paperfolderman on Twitter and @folduptoys on Instagram. You can also e-mail a photo to

Change Log

 04/02/2020 – Portfolio item uploaded to FUT website.


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