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Pneumatic Giraffe Complete - come and get it!



(YouTube!) The Pneumatic Giraffe! An air powered model to download, print out and make. The finished model is a simple wooden crate marked with the words. “Warning! Wild Animal”

All looks perfectly normal until you blow in the airhole on the side of the great when, Woooshhh! A Giraffe flies up out of the crate to see what on earth is going on!

As a member you can download the model for free at the end of this blog post. None members can download the file for a small fee.

The Pneumatic Giraffe comes in two versions, mono and colour, both of which are in the same file. Choose the version you prefer then print the parts out onto this card. 230 micron white photocopier card is perfect for the job.

Notice that the parts pages for the first three sheets of the colour version are marked front and back. Print out the front, flip the card over and return it to the printer then print out the back. Let the ink dry completely before moving on.

Solid black lines show where to cut. Dotted and dashed lines are score lines. Score the parts and cut out any holes with a sharp knife before cutting out the parts.

Fold round and glue together the neck piece marked #1.

Glue two tube stops into place on the grey areas. Two on each side to make a double thickness stop. This parts will stop the neck flying out of the giraffe when you blow into it.

Fold round and glue together the neck piece marked with #2.

Glue on the the #2 end cap then glue the second #2 tube stop on top of it to make it double thickness.

Glue together two #2 tube stops to make a double thickness. Glue them into place on the same side as the other tube stops but at the other end and inside – as shown above. Repeat on the other side.

Line up the two neck parts so that the small cut out is uppermost.

Carefully fit the #1 tube into the #2 tube.

Push it down to the bottom of the neck tube. Pull the neck in and out a few times to ensure that it moves freely.

Assemble the #3 tube in the same way with end cap and double thickness stop.

Fit the first two neck pieces into the third neck keeping the cut out . Move them back and forth to ensure everything is working smoothly.

Assemble the forth and final neck piece. This piece has internal tube stops but no end cap.

Fit the pieces together. Extend them and compress them a few times to make sure all is working well.

Glue the air tube into place on the #4 neck piece. Be careful to line up the crease lines with the end of the neck piece.

Glue the neck support into place.

Fold round and glue the two top tabs of the back sides to make triangular sections as shown. This will make the make the box strong and give it depth.

Fold round and glue together the box sides with the base piece as shown. Be as accurate as possible with your alignment.

Glue the neck and air tube assembly into place in the bottom of the box.

Glue the other side piece into place as shown.

Glue the long tabs of the two head sides into place on the head top lining up the end of the tab with the back of the giraffe horns.

Curve round and glue the rest of the head into place. Glue on the ears.

Fold round the tabs on the box lid and glue them down.

Fold round and glue the other sides to finish off the lid

Glue together the lid inner as shown.

Glue the lid inner into the box lid.

Extend the neck for easy access. Glue the head into place using the grey square for alignment.

That’s it!

Once the glue is dry, blow through the hole in the base of the box and the giraffe will pop out of her crate.

Keep it on your desk at work and amaze your colleagues!

5 reviews for Pneumatic Giraffe

  • Rob, great to see the new

    Rob, great to see the new "print" option for the Giraffe model as discussed in previous postings.

    For those not wishing to actually print the model to paper, you can always print to a PDF file to a folder, as you would save the model, by using a PDF "printer driver".

    There is such a PDF printer driver available for free with no nag/spy-ware from

    With the driver installed you simply select the print option for the instructions then select the "Cute" option from the printers available from the installed list on your PC.

    On a lighter note I see Rob must now have Royal patronage, as the Giraffe model is marked (CC) presumably for Crown Copyright!

    • Thanks for the advice Smelter

      Thanks for the advice Smelter – very useful! Of course us Mac users can just print to pdf as a standard feature of the OS. 

      (cc) as well as being the sign of my Royal patronage is also the Creative Commons mark – an updated version of copyright. 

  • Well done Rob!

    Well done Rob!

  • Works brilliant for me,
    Works brilliant for me, except for neck piece #4 that apperantly had too much friction with piece #3 to work. Really fast and fun project, great work again, Rob!

    • Great! Thanks! It’s always

      Great! Thanks! It's always really nice to hear when people have enjoyed my projects.

      • If u add a small tube to blow

        If u add a small tube to blow thru, it work really good!

  • my paper is thick 21gsm(210

    my paper is thick 21gsm(210 per sheet) and the neck is tough to move what do i do now?

    • Without seeing it I’m not

      Without seeing it I'm not sure but I use 230gsm card. You do need to make sure that you have made everything very accurately especially as the parts here have a very small tolerance. Good luck!

  • ..good job…*_^

    ..good job…*_^

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