Make your own paper model of the the James Webb Space Telescope!


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Did you build one of our paper models? Did you build your own?

If you've made a model of the James Webb Space Telescope, out of paper or anything else, please send us a photo of yourself with it and we'll post it! We'll need your written permission if you're in the picture, so if you'd like your photo to appear, please fill out this release form and email it to us with your picture!

Gallery Submissions

Matthew Schmeiding

Matthew created a 3D model of the James Webb Space Telescope's primary mirror (using this online link: It is a 1:20 scale replica of the real thing, 3D printed in PLA.

Felipe Sérvulo

Douglas Phillips

Douglas Phillips sent us his version of the Houha Designs model - next to a giraffe friend.

Aman Katiyar

Pranavi Chatrathi

Pranavi says, "I am thrilled to win 2 prizes for the 2 JWSTs I built for the Texas State Fair. I love telescopes. I am waiting to see the launch of JWST. I hope one day, I can become a scientist and use JWST to find exoplanets. I learnt about JWST 2 years ago. I always wondered why JWST was delayed. Building the scale model helped me understand how difficult the real JWST would be to build.

I used the instructions on JWST website (John Jogerst) for downloading the instruction and scale model. Building the 5 layer solar sunshield was the most difficult. My first attempt didn't end well as I added mylar on both sides and the whole solar panel didn't look good. My second attempt worked.

The wooden JWST was the easier one to build. I use Balsa wood and it wasn't for scale (phew!)"

fcbzune's "miniJWST"

Zune created this model of the James Webb Space Telescope over the course of a few weeks. You can also view a short video set to music showing different views of the model.

Dave Dooling, Education Director New Mexico Museum of Space History

Dave Dooling, the Education Director of the New Mexico Museum of Space History wrote us - he took some of the materials from our models page and developed a different type of model for kids to build. You can view his instructional video here: He says it "helps kids understand how Webb deploys so they understand a bit more of why it is built the way it is. Feel free to reuse materials as you need."

Matheus Marques da Silva

This model was made by Matheus Marques da Silva - it has more than 150 pieces.

Sanjana Srinivasan & Esha Prasad, 10th grade

This is Sanjana Srinivasan and Esha Prasad, who created this model of the James Webb Space Telescope for their 10th grade science project at SSRVM School in Bangalore, India! (They just finished the 12th grade as of 2020.)

Sarah Lily Sponder, 4th Grade

This is Sarah Lily Sponder & her ILab instructor, Innovation Specialist Vicki Spitalnick from Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, FL. They are posing with Sarah's James Webb Space Telescope model! It was completed after visiting the Kennedy Space Center for a 4th grade Space Project.

Bruno Breda from Buenos Aires, Argentina

This is Bruno Breda from Buenos Aires, Argentina, along with his dog Holis. He says, "I have finished my model JWST built in cardboard and plastic panels especially the sunshields, to which I preferred to give more solidity to cost to make less realism to the model. It is designed based on the work of Nina Heimpel, the 3d model of this same web page, and the YouTube video "James Webb Space Telescope Launch and Deployment" of the Northrop Grumman channel. I really enjoyed doing it and trying to improve it. Thank you very much, and we hope that [its] "big brother" is very soon in space, helping us to understand even more the cosmos."

Franz Xaver Kohlhauf

Here is Franz Xaver Kohlhauf and his model. He says, "As an astronomy enthusiast, I wanted to build your paper model of the JWST that was given to me by a good friend of mine who actually worked on the telescope's NIRSPEC instrument. With a lousy weather forecast and no telescope observing opportunities ahead, I decided to extend the model a bit. I used the "mirror" of your kit as a size reference, got some glue, two little blocks of wood, 2 small square and round aluminum profiles, gold and silver aluminum foil, fine wire, some carton, black paint and quite a bit of time and patience. One of the trickiest tasks was the sunscreen - as on the real JWST. I plan to [eventually] exhibit the model in a showcase dealing with the JWST mission in the planetarium of my hometown Bad Toelz, some 50 km south of Munich, Germany."

Giuliano and Ivana Buzzi

Giuliano and Ivana

Here are Giuliano and Ivana Buzzi with the paper model of Webb that they built.

Charlotte Campbell, 6th Grade

Charlotte Campbell

Here is Charlotte Campbell with a paper model she made of the Webb as well as a tri-fold board presentation for her grade 6 class in 2015.

Students from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, CA

JWST Subscale Deployments Engineering Model (SDEM)

JWST Subscale Deployments Engineering Model (SDEM)

Image Credits: Sandra Irish

Using only publicly available information, a team of mentored undergraduate students from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, CA, developed a deployable 1/6th scale engineering model of the James Webb Space Telescope.

More information about this model.

Mehr Family : Karaj, Persia

Mehr Family

Mehr Family

Mehdi Setayesh Mehr submitted photos of his children and the model they built. The students are (on right) Kimiya Setayesh Mehr, age 15, and (on left) Alireza Setayesh Mehr (age 13). They both live in Karaj, Persia. Two models in 12:10000 scales were made during 3 months of their project from their Sketchup plans.

Tom Dani

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Tom Dani sent in photos of his gorgeous model. He says, "My model is similar to John Jogerst's version (and in fact it's based on his) but the assembly was modified and different materials were used during the build, such as copious amounts of aluminum foil and high-gloss, self-adhesive foils. It's also made with a curved, reflective mirror; angled heat shields and custom paint job." He also sent in an upgrade to John Jogerst's version, which will enable others to make the mirror concave. Download the mirror pattern.

Stuart Beardow

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Stuart Beardow

Stuart Beardow made this amazing model using the reference images on our website. It took him approximately 8 weeks to build and is now on display at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK. It is 1:30 scale and is made from brass, mylar, foil and acrylic.

John Jogerst

John Jogerst

John Jogerst

John Jogerst

John Jogerst sent in pics of two versions of the model - the original and a redesign. The model is displayed in the entry of the Pensacola Junior College Planetarium.

John also modified our model - his version is downloadable as a pdf. Directions and Model Parts. These are the most updated versions of his model directions and parts (8/25/10).

Siddharth Balakrishnan, 8th grade

Siddharth Balakrishnan

Siddharth Balakrishnan

This is Siddharth Balakrishnan, an 8th grader from Virginia, who made this model as a home summer activity in August 2009.

Will Manzella - 3rd Grade

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Here's Will Manzella, who assembled the model (with some help) as part of his 3rd grade "Space" project.

Maggie Charity

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Here's Maggie Charity with the Webb model she constructed.

University of Arizona Alumni Association : Beginning Teen Astronomy Camp

The University of Arizona Alumni Association hosted its 21st annual Beginning Teen Astronomy Camp from June 3-10 at the Catalina Observatories on Mt. Lemmon. In attendance were 24 students (ages 11-16) from 14 states and four Arizona cities. The eleven adult staff members included current undergraduate students, graduate students in astronomy and in music, and PhD astronomers from various colleges and universities around the US. Six staff were former Campers. Over $5,000 was awarded to seven students, one of whom was supported by the NIRCam Science Team’s education and public outreach program to the Girl Scouts of the USA. During the Camp all students learned about Webb and NIRCam through model building, hands-on optics, CCD imaging, and talks by NIRCam scientists and by Ms. Janet Howard, a NASA Solar System Ambassador and former Adult Astronomy Camper and now staff member.

(left to right): Adam Vaughn, Luke McGuire, Katherine Gandlmayr Nicole Backert

(left to right):
Front row: Kenneth Stamper, Andrea Van Arsdall, Annie Cherkaev, Kamal Ganesh
Back row: Hunter Brokema, Ivan Quinones, Kenneth Krecklow

(left to right): Matthew Medrano, Alicia Ekman, Ashley Petrusa, Lizi Zachary, Joshua French

(left to right):
Front row: Sarah Eaton, Cullen Costello,
Back row: Micaela Young, Alpha Meteyard, Rhys Louis, Jacob Pearcy
Missing: Krystal Breedwell, Alexandria Scott