Paper City – Sydney Opera House and Luna Park

I was asked to create a Paper City addition for Art Month Sydney. To launch the festival this year, Sydney’s National Art School hosted an ‘Art Month Art Adventure’ event for kids. The project (named Itty Bitty City) was driven by LMNOP magazine, and was based on my Paper City, but also included many other decorations and various recycled materials. Almost 200 kids participated. It looked like so much fun. I wish I could have been there too! LMNOP let me post some images they took of the project, and there is also a great article, with more photos, here on the Art Month Sydney website.

So if you’re feeling inspired to play, download the new Paper City Sydney Opera House and Luna Park templates below! Happy building!

Click on the image below, then print.


  1. I Live in an Antbed
    March 2, 2011 at 1:33 am

    These are absolutely wonderful!!! Thank you!

  2. Happiness is Eva
    March 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I love this!!!

  3. Butterfly Wishes and Wonderland Dreams
    March 2, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Awesome!!! I'm so printing this for my girls to make! their polly pockets and fairies can vacation and visit australia now :)

    thanks for all your awesome post and creativity!

  4. Heather
    March 2, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Oh AWESOME- my son will be so excited to add this to the city we made last month :)

  5. Chantal
    March 2, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Fantastic. Love it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Catherine Hansen Peart
    March 2, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Yay! I come from Australia and this would be so great for my kids (who have lived overseas longer than they lived in Australia...)!

  7. Faith Pray
    March 2, 2011 at 4:47 am

    This looked like such a fantastic event! Your work continues to inspire many, many people!

  8. Bec Hem
    March 2, 2011 at 8:24 am

    LOVE this! Thank you!

  9. Wonderland
    March 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Have a great day!

  10. Nessa
    March 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

    As a former Luna Park employee ... Yes, I made many a hot dog there in my youth! Congratulations you have captured our magic city beautifully!

  11. Anonymous
    March 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

    yay!!! LUNA PARK is my 4 year old sons FAVOURITE place!! so he is going to love these prints - thanks!!

  12. Joel Henriques
    March 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    Nessa - Cool! I'd love to see it in person! Sure looks like a fun place.

  13. jamie
    March 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    OH MY GOD.

    the whole paper city by all the little kids? so my jam. and so rad that you inspired so much greatness!

    your contribution is great, obviously!

    funny i put a diorama (cause thats sort of that it is, no?) on the blog today, too. ;)

  14. Joel Henriques
    March 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks Jamie! I just commented on your diorama post. And I love the new look for your blog. You've got the design skills!

  15. Angela
    March 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Just stumbled upon your website through design sponge. Oh my!!! I just don't know where to begin, I am in love with everything you make.

  16. Stephanie
    March 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    i just love all your creations so much. thank you for sharing with the world!

  17. gaby@stilelemente
    March 3, 2011 at 2:05 am

    My city of Sydney! Well, my old stomping ground anyway - it's great seeing something so familiar depicted in this way.

  18. Clementine-Illustration
    March 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Le projet est super, bravo les enfants !

  19. Just L
    March 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Yay! These are great, along with all your other fab toys. Makes me home sick!

  20. Helen@baby shoes
    March 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Nice idea to keep the kids happy.

  21. Antonella mai content
    March 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I love what you do, every day more. As a mum of two, as a blogger and as a person in love with beautiful things

  22. r8chel
    March 5, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Paper City Sydney Opera House? LOVE it.

  23. Olivier
    March 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I like your creativity and your ideas, it's ecological and simple! Good luck for the future from france !

  24. urban craft
    March 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    so awesome, thanks for sharing, everyone needs to have a paper city!

  25. Janee Lookerse
    March 9, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I love it! They are so fun :) Well done!


  26. Mlle Terite
    March 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Nice idea ! I like it !

  27. Stacey
    March 27, 2011 at 3:50 am

    i heart your paper cities, they are so neat and simple. I linked to this post through my blog, printed these off for lots of fun, thank you!

    stacey@ maple bacon and beavertails

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  29. Christi
    August 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    These worked great when teaching my kids about other countries. It made it come to life for them. Are you planning on doing any other major cities? It is a helpful resource when homeschooling my children.

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  31. Jennifer D
    October 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Joel , I printed out your cats and the halloween figurines. One child played with them for over an hour .The halloween figures were aliens and the bad cat ...lots of killing occurred and visits to a planet . The cats went flew there in their beds (I had added a small cardboard jewellery box which fitted mum and dad in one and the three kittens in the other ) This child demonstrated he understood alot of concepts as he hung the cats by their tails as they flew to the planet etc . He also had them kissing, and coming back to life several times. Thanks for sharing your gift.

    1. November 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

      Thanks everyone! Jennifer - Wow, that sounds like an amazing show that your child put on! What a great story teller. I lover watching kids use their imaginations like this. Thanks for sharing! Joel

  32. Abby
    January 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Could u possibly do a tiny version of this?

    1. January 19, 2012 at 8:59 am

      I'm sure I will. Not sure when though. I have a pretty huge list of things that need to get done first. ha.

  33. Cyndi
    January 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Only just seen this - its pretty amazing talent. Well done and kinda makes you feel good when you seen this sort of thing. Great stuff.

  34. Lilian
    March 6, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Loved it wow fantastic thks for showing us art is fun an easy and family's can do it together u r an inspiration to all have any ideas for a Disney proyect??my doughter loves princess and castels but I just don't know how. To make them I also want to tell u that thanks to ur Sydney opera house my 5 year old which is learning about australia made a little project using ur drawings and came out beautiful

  35. October 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

    oh my gosh, so cute, I love paper craft and the way you've made it so much fun.

  36. Stephanie
    November 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Wowww!! That's a must for an opera mom's daughters! I'm sure to print this one out! I'm actually going to print everything in the paper cities section! Thank you again!

    1. November 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Cool Stephanie! Glad you found it then!

  37. December 30, 2012 at 2:53 am

    I love your paper cities. They are absolutely wonderful!

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  39. jo
    May 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Hi, Joel! These paper creations are so cute! I wish my kids were still young enough to play with them. I especially like the international flavor. We've homeschooled over the years and tried to give our kids a world-view bigger than the little town in which we live. Do you take requests? I'd love to see something Russian, maybe St. Basil's Cathedral or the Kremlin, and something Spanish. Chinese could be fun, too. We could go around the world with Joel. :) I'm going to try to incorporate the Parisian pages into a bilingual class we're teaching this summer. Should be fun!

    1. May 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks for the kind comment jo! Great suggestions! And yes, I totally have other cities on my to-do list. Just need to get the time! They take a lot longer to create than it might appear :) So much fun stuff to do!

  40. kt
    August 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Made by Joel, Get out of paper town!!!! This is too good to be true. Bless you for sharing this with the masses for free. The children are going to flip... and cut and fold and create... You are great!!! kt

  41. leah
    November 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Thanks Joel! I didn't even realize there was more to this site! Very cool! Would you ever make new York?

    1. November 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Yes, New York is definitely on my to-do list. (It's a pretty big list though:)

  42. leah
    November 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Ok! Think it will be done for Christmas? If not it's ok! Birthdays would be good too!

    1. November 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Hopefully by Christmas 2014! It's a very big to-to list.

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  45. Emilee
    April 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I am an elementary Spanish teacher and am so excited to share the paper city with my students next week! We will be labeling different buildings and vehicles in Spanish and creating a giant town to put on display for the school! I second the requests for Spanish material! Thank you, your work is fabulous!

    1. April 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

      That sounds great Emilee! Thanks for writing! And yes, I really would love to make a Paper City Barcelona sometime. I've been there twice and really love it!

  46. Jane
    June 10, 2014 at 7:46 am

    How about an itty-bitty library?--JD

    1. June 10, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Good idea! I'd like to add some boats sometime too.

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