rubik's cube illusion

rubiks cube illusion - the floating cubes

download and make for free

Here’s a great free optical illusion for everyone to download and make.

There are no moving parts in the model but as you move the model around the rubik’s cubes appear to float above the table top.

Just add your details to receive this Rubik's cube illusion and make it up for yourself.

useful tools

scissors, glue, cutting matt, ruler and black marker pen.

Once you’ve received the free rubiks cube pdf print the two pages onto some thin card we recommend (230 gsm stock)

Score along the dotted and dashed lines then carefully cut out all the parts.

Glue together the base folding the flaps on the sides to make right angled triangle tubes. Glue the two stiffeners into place across the the back of the base, as pictured below the assembled base.

The secret of the illusion is that the rubik’s cubes are actually assembled inside out.
Glue them together inside out as shown.

Glue together the two dice inside out as shown above.
A little tip here is to colour the edge of the cut cubes with a black marker pen, so the white of the paper edge is black.

Glue together the two stands.

Glue the stands to the rubik's cube like above.

Glue the stands to the base and you're done.

The secret behind the rubik's cube illusion

Hold the base at arm's length, close one eye and gently rock the board side to side, be amazed as the rubik’s cubes suddenly appear to be solid and float like magic. 

Visit Rob Ives, website for more great designing paper animations if you enjoyed making this one.

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