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!12 months 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!

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Thank you! :-)

hamza3249 Kammarah11 months ago
awesome !
Kammarah hamza324911 months ago

Thank you! :-)

fdmomtaz Kammarah11 months ago

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

Kammarah fdmomtaz11 months ago
thank you :-)
krummrey posted the link to the pdf file here in the comments. scroll down please.
casplas Kammarah11 months ago 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?

Kammarah casplas11 months ago

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.

casplas Kammarah11 months ago

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!

remrem198013 days 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!

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.

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

krummrey (author)  alejandro.CnJimenez2 days ago

just drop me a line via direct messages.

krummrey (author)  remrem198012 days 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.

ElDacos made it!3 days ago

Wow I made it! It has been over 5 Days and it was no fun at all nut the result is amazing! I used chromolux paper and cut it with a knife. then i used glue. it was sticky as hell, but i alsways had a wet towel. Chromolux paper has a shiny finish and is on the surface water resistant. It weights about 300g/m2 and is expensive!!! What do you guys think?

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@krummrey how did you hang it up on the wall? I used taped, but it fell down :(

krummrey (author)  ElDacos2 days ago

I think it looks just marvelous. Where did you get the chromolux paper? Can't find it in the craft stores here.

To hang it I used a screw in the wall. The backside (reinforced with cardboard) has a hole in it. Hangs above our piano for months now.

Well I live in a big city, where you can find anything. There is a big store near my university. Maybe you could find it in a college area because of Art students? I used this kind of paper because I wanted to give the deer head some value and I think it works great. Folding it wasnt that easy but i cutted it slightly on the folding lines. The paper is very heavy and the black edges had ugly white lines. I just use an edding to fix that! I tried to work with double sided tape but it didnt work out very well so i had to use glue (very sticky) But the pro side of this paper is, that it is water resistant!! Thats the most important factor ;)

soclamaria made it!9 days ago

i used simple paper and liquid glue just to try it.. don't do it, the paper gets wet and loses rigidity. eventhough, thanks a lot for sharing! ;)


it doesn't look quite good, but i actually made it in just five hours ;)

krummrey (author)  soclamaria9 days ago

That makes you probably the fastest builder yet.. :)

ElDacos12 days ago

Hello, i know what mountain fold and valley fold is, but depending on your PDF: I want the lines on the inside, how do i have to fold it?

krummrey (author)  ElDacos12 days ago

I would suggest that you start with one of the spikes of the antlers. Try folding them without glue, then you'll see how to fold right away.

fkorre made it!19 days ago

There you go :) Looks a bit purple-ish in the first one but it's actually glossy black as you can see.
Thanks again!

ElDacos fkorre13 days ago

Did you paint it or what paper did you use?

krummrey (author)  fkorre14 days ago

Has that" Game of Thrones" look. Very cool.

ron0422 made it!1 month ago

I made mine with wood veneer (birche) for the head and white pearl letter paper for the antlers.

Wasn't easy to work with, but looks really stunning.

Great works, guys! :-) Thanks for the inspiration.

ElDacos ron042214 days ago

Can you fold veneer just like paper? AND how do you print on veneers?

I've been doing pep for a long time and never seen someone use veneer before. This is very cool.

krummrey (author)  fleshrod19 days ago

I have to try veneer. Very interesting.

Any of you could make this same figure on Letter size paper?

I don't have access to a A3 printer

I did it with letter size paper, it worked fine. And I designed my own from a free rabbit .obj.

Thank you Krummey for this inspiring tutorial.

Happy new year!

krummrey (author)  remrem198019 days ago

Great, That'll be perfect for upcoming easter....

krummrey (author)  mrdiegocasseres1 month ago

You can print it on letter size. It'll just be smaller.

fkorre1 month ago

I made it as a gift for my vegetarian boyfriend and he loved it!
I used black 205gr A3 paper on which I printed the pattern with black ink. That proved to be a huge mistake since I tortured myself for hours trying to see the lines under a lamp. The worst part is that, in the end, I spray painted the whole thing and realised that even if I had used white ink and had the lines on the outside, nothing would show. Oh well. I'm not making the same mistake again!
Thanks a lot for showing all the steps, I'm sure that your procedure will prove to be extremely useful for future projects.
Keep up the good work!
Greetings from Athens, Greece.

krummrey (author)  fkorre19 days ago

Happens to me all the time, that I do more work than I should have.
Do you have a picture of your final project?

rdesteffani1 month ago
Thanks for sharing your design knowledges. I did my first model. It is simple but I did it by myself following your directions.
krummrey (author)  rdesteffani19 days ago

It takes some practice, just keep trying, the next one will be less warped.
You made one yourself, take pride in that.

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