A "Tom Dani modification" of the paper model of the James Webb Space Telescope that also uses layers of aluminum foil and high-gloss self-adhesive foils in addition to the card stock paper used in much of the model.
A view of a paper model of the James Webb Space Telescope standing on a desk table.
A hand holding a paper model of the James Webb Space Telescope on a cosmic background of stars and a cloudy galaxy.

Build a Webb Model

Build your own version of the Webb Space Telescope, learning the function and purpose of the various subsystems as you go. We have a variety of models ranging in levels of complexity from our easy to build model to some amazing modifications that extend our original model design and materials. When you get done, submit your model to our gallery!

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BASic models

Level 1 and 2

Documented enhancements

Level 3

People of all ages, from all over the world have built and shared their Webb models. Here's a sample...

LEVEL 1 "Easy To Build" Model - How to Video

Video Credit: Jenny Chan At Origami Tree


Below are well documented enhancements to our Level 2 model in design and materials that you can build. Each contain new or additional parts files and instructions that enhance our Level 2 model as shown. Be sure to view our gallery (below) to see just how far some people have taken their models even beyond these enhancements!

See examples of every level Webb model on this page as well as individual modifications and innovations built and shared by people of all ages from all over the world. Check out just how far some people have taken their models in size, detail, function and materials. Whether you are building our simplest model or an innovative version of your own, we'd love to see it.

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Webb Model by Keara Emmanuel Aradan