It doesn’t matter if you were a kid in the early 2000s: you couldn’t go a day without hearing about Pokémon during those years. What spawned into the now gargantuan media franchise started as a pair of video games for the Nintendo Game Boy. Pokémon Red and Blue that were both released in 1996 have established their special spots not just in video game history, but so as in the childhoods of countless individuals (mine included).

GUMY Art’s creator is yet another individual whose life has been affected by the cute and powerful creatures. His YouTube channel is dedicated to creating art based on video games, anime, and other forms of pop culture. He’s recently been focusing on creating 3D papercraft dioramas of iconic 2D scenes, and what better scene is there than the beginning of Pokémon:

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This latest diorama of his is based on Pokémon Leaf Green and Fire Red. These games are actually remakes of the original Red and Blue, but it still captures the feel of those titles, just with updated gameplay and graphics.

But enough about the game, let’s take a look at the diorama:

The Pokémon Lab

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The backdrop is fairly simple to make. By printing a pre-set background and using the help of a needle to get the folds just right, you can recreate a 3D version of Professor Oak’s Pokémon lab.

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GUMY Art uses some clear tape to stick the frames of the three starting Pokémon onto the background. This allows them to protrude a bit and gives the illusion that they are hanging from the wall.

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Finally, he glues the backdrop onto a makeshift cardboard stage. This serves as the base of the whole diorama and will support all the props and pieces he’ll add.

Which brings us to…

The Props

This part is much more difficult and time-consuming. While GUMY Art still has to print out the different pieces of the diorama, most of these are way smaller and require delicate hands to place and assemble them in place.

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First, he has to carefully cut out each of the props by hand. Take note that some of the props – such as the furniture and tables – have foldable pieces that allow them to lean onto the background of the lab. GUMY Art cuts out all these tiny pieces and uses a needle to make the foldable parts easier to work with.

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Next comes the glue. He has to make sure he uses just the right amount of adhesive: too much amount and the glue will seep into the paper and make it look soggy; too little and the pieces won’t stick. I’d actually recommend using some tweezers if you plan on attempting this yourself, as the process looks really impossible with nothing to use but just your bare hands. (Especially so if you have gigantic fingers as I do!)

With enough persistence and a lot more patience, you should be able to glue every little thing in Professor Oak’s lab; the professor and the main protagonist included!

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You wouldn’t want the pieces to fly everywhere so to make things more permanent, wait for the glue to dry before placing the diorama in a glass case. GUMY Art has posted links to everything you need to make your own diorama in the video description: from the glue and paper he uses, all the way to the prints you need for the Pokémon lab and props.

Be sure to check out his YouTube channel as well. He does a lot of easy-to-make projects which you can do at home without too many complex materials!


Carlos wrestles gators, and by gators, we mean words. He also loves good design, good books, and good coffee.