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Faceted sculptures and objects are all the rage these days. And they are ideal to make from paper or cardstock.

You don't need fancy 3D-programs or design skills. But it takes time and patience to make them. There's a lot of paper to be printed, cut and glued.

If you want to skip the next steps and just want to build the deer above - Here is the PDF:
It's meant to be printed on A3. You can print it on A4, the deer will then be 75% smaller in the end.
(Please don't share the pdf without the link to where it came from, thank you.)

But you want to make your own, right? So let's get started.

UPDATE: I made a second tutorial for the Moose as some of you have requested.

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Step 1: 3D-Model

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The web is full of free 3D-models that we can use as a template. I found my deer on

There are plenty of other models on that site. If none fits you try looking for free .obj or .stl on your favourite search engine.

Most of the time these models were made for animation or 3d-printing. If you were to try to make them detailed like this you'd have to cut out tens or hundreds of thousand little paper triangles. Thats why we have to reduce the level of detail drastically. That way we also get that cool faceted look.

The free software Meshlab (for Windows, Mac or Linux) can do that for us. Get it at:

Step 2: Importing the Model

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Once you open meshlab and go through the menus you probably want to close it right away. But fear not. We will only use one of all those tools.

So lets get started:

Import your model:
File->Import Mesh

You should see your model on the screen like this. Try to get rotate the model by clicking and dragging you mouse. You can Zoom in and out with your scroll-wheel.

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Kammarah made it!1 year ago

I made it - and it's gorgeous!

I wondered, why my version is inverted, but after reading the comments it came clear: I printed the instruction on white paper, zoomed it with a copier to A3, cut out the pieces, pinned them onto heavy cardstock and wrote the numbers with a pencil onto the cardstock - my numbers are outside, and the deer looks to his left side.

I do love this clear shape - great work!

awesome !

Thank you! :-)

That looks amazing
Can you share the PDF files that should be printed please?

thank you :-)
krummrey posted the link to the pdf file here in the comments. scroll down please. looks really really nice! :) Could you tell me what kind of paper are you using?...COuld share with me the link where I can buy it?

Hi, thank you very much :-)

I bought this paper in Tallinn (Estonia) in a very big shop with tons of cartonage, printed paper and everything with paper which I have never seen. It is 300g/m² cartonage. I want to build an elk (also from krummrey) and just bought 300g/m² cartonage at "Heinrich Hünicke" in Lübeck (Germany)

So, unfortunately no online-shop.

I just bought a catonage of 180g/m^2...hope it work well because I see that is stiffened enough. Please, share with us the pdf file of the elk. What about a Lion and a panter!. I am really excited about these kind of projects. Hope to hear soon from you!

moussaillon made it!4 days ago
Thanks a lot, I finally made it by programming it on cutting machine.
arturoh15 days ago

Can you share the PDO file please?

nomadeinchina made it!16 days ago

Not perfect, but i like it.

FrankV216 days ago

Finally made it :)

took me a lot longer then expected.. but totally worth it!

snarayana31 month ago
done with 1/4th scale.. took me 11hrs to complete...
krummrey (author)  snarayana320 days ago

How were the antlers at that scale. They aren't easy at 100%.
Looks like you managed just fine.

also managed to fix some selfmade backlight... ;-)
AllisonM31 month ago

This is amazing, I can't wait to get started! I'm wondering if you have approximate dimensions for the finished project when printed on A4 paper? I've tried searching your various (very informative) articles and I can't find the finished dimensions anywhere! The picture above the piano is great for scale, but I'm assuming that is when printed on A3 paper...Thanks so much for sharing this awesome project! :)

krummrey (author)  AllisonM320 days ago

A4 would be around 70% of what you see on the pictures I made.

AmandaD41 month ago

hello , my friend, by chance you would have some giraffe ?
I liked this model but not I use this way of design Pepakura no , get out all together on one sheet .
I do not think this template in any site
Thank you

krummrey (author)  AmandaD420 days ago

I think you can get the giraffe on etsy. Probably not on one single page though.

osamaOK1 month ago
Hey krummrey will you send me the pdf files of this model i love this model very much
krummrey (author)  osamaOK20 days ago

There is a download link on the top of this page.

Thank you so much for the tutorial! I really love how the figures comes out. Made some by myself and I think I am adicted :D

krummrey (author)  caro.hartung20 days ago

I'm so glad people like them. It's a joy to see all the pictures and read the comments.

antikarlo made it!1 month ago

Many thanks from Russia!

krummrey (author)  antikarlo20 days ago

I should make a map and put pins everywhere there is one.
Thanks for the photo.

Haelita made it!22 days ago


Many "Merci" from France =)
I like it

PS: Sorry for the bad pic

krummrey (author)  Haelita20 days ago

Tres bien!

Haelita22 days ago
remrem19803 months ago

I on a lowpoly paper craze because of you! Can't stop. I made two deer, two sharks, one heart, two bunnies, two skulls, and tonight a snail!


Any chance I could get that heart pattern - it's awesome!

Could you share the printable template?

Thanks in advance

Hello, Is it possibile to have this templates ?

Hello, I wonder if I can send the patterns of figures made.

Hi Alejandro, I would be very great full if you could email me some templates of your work for me to work on. I,m desperate for patterns and can't afford to download from shops as a bike injury has left me unemployed. I would down load from shop site,as they are good value but unfortunately that's not an option i can afford at this moment in time. No worry's if not. Thank you..
krummrey (author)  alejandro.CnJimenez3 months ago

just drop me a line via direct messages.

Hi! Can you send me PDF to print it and do it at home! Thanks
Great work, can u email me a link to where I can get the pritables from please. I been searching but finding it difficult as my PC is down so I using my phone. Thanks

Hi! I can't email you any link because I did it following krummrey tutorial, and couldn't save it because using free pepakura. I used a free .obj stanford rabbit file (google it) and followed krummey instructions, the only thing that differed from the tutorial is I had to close holes in meshlab (filters>remeshing,simplification...>close holes). Hope that helps.

krummrey (author)  remrem19803 months ago

Not sure if I have to apologize or if I should congratulate you.... ;)
I'm glad to hear that it got you going that far. I love working with paper and it feels good to share that love. It feels even better if people get inspired and carry on.

Thank you for the pictures.

krummrey (author) 12 months ago

Anastasia from the german blog "Kreativbühne" took my instructable and made two new templates. A cow and a panther.

You'll have to register her newsletter to get the templates though.

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