Paper City Paris!

Voilà, Paper City Paris! I’ve been working on this for a very long time now and had so much fun creating it. My kids have been watching me draw and sketch for two months, and they’re now huge fans of the city. They kept asking me, “When are the buildings going to stand up, Daddy?” And now every time they see a radio tower while driving in the car, they yell, “I see the Eiffel Tower!” (I think they’ll be quite impressed when they see the real thing in person someday.)

We’ve been having a great time creating Paris adventure stories together and acting them out. Driving the Citroën car through the Arc de Triomphe, buying candy at the Confiserie, and standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

If you’re in the mood to explore Paris, all of the templates are below. I’ve also included a very brief description of the buildings, which is both fun and educational. And feel free to upload photos of your Paris city on the Made by Joel Facebook Page. Amusez-vous bien!

Update: You can also download the new miniature Travel Size Paper City Paris!

If you enjoy an activity and would like to support my continuing effort in creating art projects for our kids at home and in schools around the world, a PayPal tip donation would be awesome.


Click on the templates below, then print.

For more Paper City Printout Toys, click here!


  1. dorothy kuehnel
    August 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    This is really fabulous Joel. I just love those stylish outfits on the people! xo, mom

    1. August 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Ha, thanks mom!

    2. Linda N
      November 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      This is THE BEST comment here!!! Gotta love your mom. :-)

  2. August 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Joel...these are AMAZING! I just stumbled across your site and found these and all of the other fabulous paper cities that you have created. My youngest daughter is going to love them and they are just the thing to cheer her up when her big brother and sister head back to school on Tuesday. I am going to share a link with my blog readers tomorrow! They will absolutely LOVE these!!

    1. August 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Lorie!

  3. Kelly
    August 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Oh it's beautiful! I love it!

  4. August 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Such perfect timing - my daughter is having a Paris-inspired birthday party next month. I think she and her friends will love making their own paper Paris cities. Thanks! :)

  5. August 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    J'adore!!!! Merci Joel!!!

    1. zoe nichole s. orozco
      February 28, 2012 at 3:13 am

      wow i wish icould go to paris

  6. August 22, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! Sign us all up for your world tour... Love it!!!

  7. August 22, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Love it! Hope you get to do London too, so much to choose from!

  8. August 22, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Your blog is a dreamland :-) I have been following your work for sometime but still I am so asthonised you keep sharing everything for free. I am so excited to get your new book soon and share it all over our country :-)

  9. August 22, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Excellent work! Very inspiring game, thank you so much for sharing!

  10. August 22, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Joel...your blog is my favourite one! thank you for sharing your creation!

  11. August 22, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Très Jolie!

  12. Patricia Ágreda Ferrán
    August 22, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Wooooooow, Joel!!! You're a genius :) I love your drawings so much!!! Paris looks wonderful from your hand. Great all the details, so cute the people's clothes (car, and streetlights, also). If you plan someday to expand the city, I'd like to see your version of the Louvre's pyramid. Bon voyage a Paris!!!

  13. August 22, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Oh, j'aime beaucoup, merci !!! :) Thanks !!!

  14. August 22, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Paris sera toujours Paris ! Merci pour ce bel hommage !

  15. Melinda
    August 22, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Love this! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Tabitha O.
    August 22, 2011 at 6:04 am

    These are amazing, I am entranced by your creativity! Thank you!

  17. August 22, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Formidable! So beautiful with all your detail. Wow. That must've taken a long time, even just the research. Thanks!

  18. Micah
    August 22, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Absolutely. Fantastic. Truly. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  19. Sara
    August 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    This is simply wonderful - and so creative. Beautifully drawn. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  20. August 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

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  21. August 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I love your illustrations, but this is my favourite!

  22. sarah
    August 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    oh so incredible! and generous! my kids are sure to adore this - thank you for your inspiration and talent in this world...

  23. carolyn
    August 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    neato-vous :) Now do Munich !!

  24. August 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Really nice ! Thank you for not putting "berets" and "baguettes" everywhere" ^^

    1. August 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

      Ha, exactly. Thanks Anthony. (Very cool site you have, too.)

    2. January 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Gracias por tu ciudad de Paris. En mi Iglesia haremos una representacion en vivo de mis alumnas de 9 a 12 anos en tamano natural en la parte trasera del patio de la Escuela Dominical junto con pinturas de Collage. Thanks for the city of Paris. We'll going toma make a representacion with my Sunday School on natural size and we are going to invite to the whole Congregacion with some Art Collage. We also will serve some food from France. Thanks for your beutiful idea, I save a lot.

  25. Tanja
    August 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Hooray! My kids and I have been checking weekly for "Paris" since you published "road trip"! Can't wait to print these out for them! Thank you so much for sharing your designs, ideas, and family pictures with us!

  26. August 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

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  27. Gelika
    August 23, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Joel, города из бумаги (Paper City), которые Вы придумываете и рисуете просто прекрасны! Спасибо за то, что Вы делитесь этой красотой с другими, менее способными к рисованию, родителями ;) Thank you...

    1. August 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

      You're welcome!

  28. August 23, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Merci beaucoup ! C'est magnifique !

  29. August 23, 2011 at 3:47 am

    j'adore, c'est adorable, merci !

  30. Monica
    August 23, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Yours is one of my favourite sites. You are great! Your family must be soooooooo proud of you! PS: when is Paper City LONDON coming to life?;)

  31. Evelyne
    August 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

    My four year old son exclaimed: "Maman, maman, il faut tous les imprimer. Tous! Ils sont vraiment magnifiques!"

    1. August 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

      Thank you for this great story! Glad your son likes it!

  32. August 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Thank you so much for the kind comments everyone! I hope you all enjoy it!

  33. Stacey
    August 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I LOVE all the beautiful coloring pages and panoramas. I know it is too early to start thinking about Christmas, but a little Christmas town to color and decorate??? My 7 and 9-year olds would love to patiently color in -- I can already picture it on my mantel for Christmas.

  34. August 24, 2011 at 4:33 am

    It's wonderful! Thank you very much!

  35. Marie
    August 24, 2011 at 6:08 am

    bravo Joel ! Merci ! ça c'est Paris !!!!

  36. August 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

    very nice to see my capital through your eyes!!

  37. August 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Just discovered your work from; paper Paris, portable Paris, perfect for me who lives so far away from that beloved city!

  38. August 24, 2011 at 11:05 am

    We are going to Paris in a couple weeks. My youngest daughter will celebrate her first birthday there. Perhaps we will take the paper city with us and photograph the paper Eiffel along with the real Eiffel! I'll post the pics on FB if I can actually manage to remember!! (mommy brain!!)

    1. August 25, 2011 at 8:55 am

      Ooh, that would be so cool! Ha.

  39. August 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

    What fun! We have so enjoyed your Paper City projects, and the Paris edition will be a treat on a rainy afternoon. Many thanks for your generous sharing of creativity. Bless you!

  40. August 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Me encanta tu blog!!!, este finde vamos a construir Paris!! Gracias. Olga

  41. Sabrina
    August 26, 2011 at 8:44 am

    ..So this must be Paris, I suppose........ Can I use it in my French classes? Maybe my pupils will start loving French!!!

  42. August 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Thanks everyone! Yes Sabrina, you may use it in class. Of course! Teach them how to order a pastry in French at the Patisserie. That should inspire them too. Ha.

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  46. Emma Angel
    August 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Thanks Joel, these are so cute. I love them and so will my daughters. x

  47. August 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Beautiful! And inspiring! Thank you so much!

  48. Suzanne
    August 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    What about a Christmas Wonderland?

    1. August 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Yes, I do have plans for some winter holiday paper city fun!

    2. Suzanne
      August 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      I cant wait!

  49. August 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    You are so talented and generous. Paper City Paris is one of the reasons why I love the Internet! I'm linking to your blog to share this amazing project.

    1. August 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks Shannon. Too kind!

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  52. Maiku
    September 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, I really love this!!!! Have you, by any chance, thought of making more cities...? I can personally already see London in front of me... This could even make a nice trip around the world... Or one famous sight per city would create a nice guessing game... Just thoughts, your wonderful project just got my brain running wild (me, who just can't draw!), I really love this!!!

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  54. September 7, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Thanks! I am french and your drawings are lovely!

  55. September 9, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Amazing drawings. Thank you for sharing! Merci!

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  57. September 11, 2011 at 9:36 am

    This is just too cute. My sister is leaving to Paris for 3 months on Friday. I'll be setting up a paper city for her farewell party. Thanks!

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  63. September 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Bravo! These are fantastic! Our daughter (now 3) has been taking "walks in Paris" ever since she could crawl, with a large laminated, vintage style city street and monument map of the city layed across our kitchen floor. She knows many of the monuments and can find them for you on the map. She also says “I see the Eiffel Tower!” when we drive past radio towers. How classic! And to top it off we've had Citroën's in our family my whole life. My first car was a Citroën 2cv (for 6 years) and our daughter has had the pleasure of riding as a passenger in one. Thanks for this fun treasure! Now we can print and share with her a new perspective of the city! I too hope she'll get to see it in person someday.

  64. September 22, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Joel , U R perfect!!!!! TY!! xoxo

  65. Luciana Neri
    September 22, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Wonderful Kisses from Brazil

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  68. Isa
    September 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Merci beaucoup, i love Paris.....Isa

  69. September 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you for the tuto, my daughter will be happy to play with her playmobil in Paris, it is so pretty!!! byby from Champagne

  70. September 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Bravo! C'est superbe!

  71. September 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    sigh! Now you've made me want to have more kids! (I guess grownups can play too?) I love this. It's perfect and I'll share on Facebook with the moms I know!

  72. September 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Wow oh wow oh wow. I am so excited about these. Thanks for making them available for download - you're a hero. I'm sure your kids are making tons of precious memories with them.

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  75. Gigi S.
    September 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Thank you for the incredible Paris!

  76. September 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Thank you! I love these!! I think i will have as much fun as the kids today:)

  77. September 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Cool! Thanks so much everybody! I hope you have fun!

  78. babette
    September 26, 2011 at 10:14 am

    wahou c est magnifique tres tres beau merci du partage de votre travail a bientot

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  80. September 26, 2011 at 11:02 am

    This is incredible! Merci!

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  82. September 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Love this. I was just in Paris in June. I will have to save these for my future grandchildren!

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  85. September 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    A friend of mine just told me about this. Fantastic! My oldest daughter was born in Paris, and, although we moved when she was still a baby, she knows and loves all the Paris monuments! She will flip for this! What a gift to share with everyone. Thank you!

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  87. Kelli
    September 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

  88. September 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    hola joel ! te felicito por lo que haces adoro todas tus ilustraciones y las pinto junto a mi hija... genial y creativo

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  91. snezana
    September 29, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Hi Joel, thank you very much for wonderfull Paris!!! Greetings from Montenegro!

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  95. October 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    These are really stunning and just perfect. What a fun project for kids and adults. Will send some traffic your way plus tweet, that is my way of bookmarking. Take care and keep up this great blog.

  96. Charlene
    October 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Fabulous - thank you! Would love to see some other famous cities like London, Athens or Beijing.

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  99. October 5, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Hi, Joel! Just wanted to let you know - I featured you and your lovely paper cities on my blog this morning. Thanks for being such an awesome source of inspiration:)

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