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. October 13, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I can't wait to get started colouring and playing all this with my little man! Thank you! xxx

  2. October 13, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Hi Joel ! I put a link towards your article on my blog, because I like very much this idea. Kiss. Coline

    1. October 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you everybody! Very kind of you! Coline - Thanks!!! It makes me happy that you approve 100%. Very nice!

  3. October 14, 2011 at 4:27 am

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  5. October 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Joel, I like, and have used, your PaperParis two times now. And when somebody asked me to tell and draw something about my own village, I've used your concept. It was fun to make it! My lines ain't straight at all, but the scrapping result was very nice. Keep up your good work, I'm looking forward! Greetings, Marleen The drawing can be seen on Scribd,

  6. October 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Wow! By far my favorite post! I printed them off and used them as decorations for my office space where I work at school. Now I use them as dorm room decorations. They always get commented on. =D

  7. October 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    It's so realistic ;-). I was looking for an holliday's activity. Thank you very much. We will have a lot of fun ! Have a nice day.

  8. October 27, 2011 at 4:37 am

    love your artwork! so you are here: lovely greetings from germany, wibke

  9. October 28, 2011 at 4:33 am

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  10. ntiin
    November 2, 2011 at 7:15 am

    nice i like this ............

  11. Amanda Farrell
    November 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Your Paper Cities are awesome! I work at a Head Start is Missouri and I'm always looking for cheap toys for my class. Your Paper Cities will let teh children's imagination rum wild! Thanks and looking forward to a city or landscape!

  12. November 8, 2011 at 9:55 am

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  13. November 11, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I'm great i found your website, love everything in here!

  14. November 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm

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  15. November 14, 2011 at 7:18 am

    This might be one of the best sites I have ever found! Seriously! Going to tell everyone about it. Amazing! Bringing back imaginative play is so important. Sitting cutting out paper cities for my daughter right now.

    1. November 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Ha, thanks Heidi! I'm glad you found it! And yeah, keep the hands on imaginative play alive!

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  17. November 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Hello Joel, I found your site in summer and are a constant reader ever since. I love how you transform your creativity in projects with and for your kids - I'm inspired ;). For my moms birthday I created a card with your great paper city paris and took a big bunch of your coloring sheets an paper citys to our birthday vacation - everybody loved it! If you want to take a look at the card: Greetings from Germany!

    1. November 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

      Thank you Frau. I love your card! Beautiful way to use the Paper City Paris!

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    1. Dancilla McKarty
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      You have great things to share out there. I loved it. Great work.

  19. Jen
    November 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks so much for these! My little guy is going to LOVE them in his stocking this Christmas and my wallet will love them too :-) I think I'll print a set for my graphic designer/photographer sister too! LOL She *might* even enjoy them more than my 4-yr old!!

    1. November 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Cool! Yeah, homemade toys are the best gifts! :)

  20. Copperdog
    January 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

    These are so fun! Thank you for sharing them.

  21. January 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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  22. Ken
    January 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Absolutely awesome! Reminds me a bit of the Madeline book: entertaining and educational. How about a small map on each page showing where the item is in the city? Keep up the great work!

    1. January 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

      A map would be cool!

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  31. January 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Superb work. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Luca Smit
    February 8, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Hi Joel, I LOVE your Paris stand ups, can you do them in a really large format, say 1.5 - 2m tall? I'd be interested in getting hold of them if you can. If so, how much would you charge? I would need them for next Wednesday... Hope to hear from you, Many thanks, Luca

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  39. Tammy
    February 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    We just printed, cut out and have set up Paris in our house. My kids (5,7) are "in Paris" right now. Thank you so much for providing these templates! Wonderful!

  40. February 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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  41. February 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you SO much. This is going to make a great party game for my sisters bridal shower. Your work is truly a credit :) thank you.

  42. February 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you! Ha Ha my daughter exclaims the exact same thing when she see radio towers! I think a Parisian vacation is in line:)

  43. Ashlee Farris
    February 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you for these -- they are adorable! I was lucky enough to travel with my daughter's Girl Scout troop to London and Paris this past summer, and I visited many of the landmarks you feature here! I am also a Girl Scout leader for 6 and 7 year old girls, and we are talking about France for our yearly multi-cultural festival called "Thinking Day". I will give my girls copies of these to color! :) Ashlee

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  47. Barb Hayes
    April 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    You are a kindred spirit! I was so inspired by your travel-sized Paris that during our one and only snowstorm I made a travel-size Seattle. I'd love to show you but can't figure out how to copy to this reply....:)

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  49. April 29, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Love this so much.

  50. Breanne Smith
    April 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Thank you so muck for sharing your creativity with the world. And also for all these awesome printables!! I love art and using my imagination and I absolutely love doing these kinds of things with my two little monsters (boys, ages 6 and 4). Keep up the amazing work. I will be getting your book soon!

  51. May 8, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Thank you for your generous sharing of this. What a fun way to teach children about the world. I'll be making some of these for sure. Hugs, Debbie

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  53. May 19, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Thanks a lot! We're traveling to Paris next week and my 5 years old daughter just loved them!!

  54. June 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Oh my goodness! an incredible article dude. Thanks Nonetheless I am experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting an identical rss drawback? Anybody who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

    1. June 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Hey David. Sorry you're having trouble. It's probably my fault. I'm getting a new web design soon, so that should definitely fix any RSS issues. Thanks for the kind words! Joel

  55. C. P.
    June 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    THANK YOU! This is so incredibly perfect. We are heading out in 2 days to Paris & London with the kiddos, and although I've packed a trillion new fun things to entertain them on the plane, I am MOST excited about this (travel size version). Now if only you had more cities... London... NYC... Seattle... ;)

  56. July 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Love it!!

  57. Thanks from Israel
    August 5, 2012 at 5:49 am

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  60. YAY!
    September 23, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I have kept my eye on these for so we are finally studying France! I am looking forward to incorporating fun play into learning! Thanks so much.

  61. Tineke Groen
    September 26, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Lovely little pieces of art, great for my daughter to play with these paper pieces for a change and it's not expensive either. Thanks.

  62. Meg
    September 26, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I just found this on Pinterest and love it! Thank you! I'm actually thinking about making blocks and mod podging these printouts onto the wood to make them a little more durable. Maybe I will give these to my baby sister for a Christmas present :-)

    1. September 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Cool! Awesome idea Meg!

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  65. Vivian
    November 11, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I absolutely love the paper city of Paris! Would you consider making a paper city from Spain?

    1. November 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Hi, yes, Barcelona is on my to do list! (I have a pretty big list though.)

  66. Stephanie
    November 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Hi Joel! I just found out about your blog yesterday as I was looking for ideas for my oldest daughter's 6th birthday party, which will be a Paris-themed party. I printed your Paris Paper city, which is absolutly amazing! I reinforced it with light cardboard and it will decorate the table at the party. I might print the travel size one and put it in the lootbags as well. It's beautiful! Thank you so much for making it available to all! It's very generous!

    1. November 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Hey Stephanie, you're welcome! Hope you have a great party! I like the idea of reinforcing the paper. Good thinking on the mini Paris too! Glad you found my site. Joel

  67. December 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    thank-you so much for sharing your incredible talent with us- what a wonderful treasure. My daughters are going to love this.

    1. December 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Thanks Katie. You're welcome!

  68. Marie-Laure
    December 14, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Thanks so much for your creation. Merry Christmas from France

  69. Denise Jerge
    January 12, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Hi Joel.. my daughter is going to be 5 Jan 29th... she loves paper dolls. I just today discovered your site and your fabulous paper toys.. cant wait til she wakes up so we can play with them... of course Im just a big kid too!!! thank you so much for sharing your creations with us. Denise Ellas mommy

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  72. Emma Smith
    February 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Fabulous printouts! I printed the eiffel tower and the Notre Dame but have been unsuccessfull with getting them to stand properly. Any hints/instructions?

    1. February 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Hi Emma. Yes, make sure you follow the lines on the template at the bottom of the buildings - They kind of slant upwards. (Hard to see it on Notre Dame especially.) That slant will make the buildings lean back a little so they stay up better. If they're still falling forward, then cut the slant a tiny bit more, to make them lean back a bit more. Hope that helps! Joel

  73. Brynne
    February 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

    These are so wonderful! Thank you for sharing them.

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  75. February 8, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Just found these via Pinterest! I had to thank you SO much for sharing these! I am doing a Paris party for my daughter and she will LOVE these! Again, thanks so much!!!

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  78. Tammi
    March 19, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Thank you! My 7 year old has been wanting to go to Paris. Now she can at least pretend she is there.

  79. Christian R.
    March 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Hi! My friend is going to Hawaii and I wanted to give her a Hawaii paper city because she loved the Paris one! I was wondering if you could make one of the full sized one? Your paper cities are amazing! i love them! keep adding more! Thanks!

    1. March 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks! I wish I had time to make a Hawaiian scene, but I've got too many other projects I need to finish first. Hopefully someday though!

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  89. February 21, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Super cool! Thanks for sharing, I know what I'll be doing this weekend :-)

  90. Kirsten
    March 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you so very much for these wonderful cut-outs! They are just the thing I was looking for to decorate the tables at our retirement residence for our Afternoon in Paris Tea.

    1. March 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Ooh, that's a great idea! Glad you found them!

  91. March 28, 2014 at 1:34 am

    This is so adorable! Thank you so much..

    March 29, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Hello Joel, It's so wonderful. I'm a french amateur singer and I write a song about PARIS. I would like to know If I could use your "Paper City Paris" to make my own video-clip. I would like to use it to create a setting. (I shall specify the name of your blog at the end of the clip) Are you agree ? It will be great. Thanks.

    1. March 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Hi, yes you can use the Paper City Paris for your video. Sounds fantastic! Send me a link when it's done. I'd love to see it!

  93. Jennifer
    April 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Joel, I am an elementary music teacher and have used your Paper City on Paris when introducing my students to French composers and music. I just saw your Paper City on the Sydney Opera House and I cannot wait to use this in a lesson! Paper Cities from around the world are such a great addition to music instruction. Thanks again for making them free to print and download. I hope you make more cities in the future!

    1. April 7, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! Glad you found my site! And yes, I'm definitely planning on making a lot more cities in the future!

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  95. Zosia
    May 26, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Thank you so very much for the fantastic "Paris templates". Couple of my friends have been to France so I will be utilising these great templates.

    1. May 26, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Great! Glad you found them!!

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