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!11 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 Kammarah10 months ago
awesome !
Kammarah hamza324910 months ago

Thank you! :-)

fdmomtaz Kammarah10 months ago

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

Kammarah fdmomtaz10 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 casplas10 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 Kammarah10 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!

Hello. Sorry my english is very bad. I am from Russia and difficult to read in English. Help me to understand. How to glue modules to each other? What system then?

you glue the same numbers together. so for example: 45 to 45, 74 to 74, you don't have to start at the number 1.
pdomi made it!5 days ago
the very first instructable which I made with my girlfriend...and anyway the first..:D but it's fantastic.
I really loved the original colours, so we made that way.
it took 2 days. around 21 hours.
thank you!
rdesteffani13 days ago

I have made another model based on your instructions above. Thanks again for sharing. I now have another good hobby to spend some time with. :-)


Crikey, this was therapeutic, frustrating and completely satisfying when completed, I did most of mine with Pritt Stick and patience, then I found some double sided tape and life with this project became a whole lot easier!

Raitis made it!3 months ago

Thank you for the thorough instructions. Helped me a lot in making this instructable!

deneba Raitis21 days ago

Wow is a great job. It fascinates me. I might ask you for the instructions for making it on my own? (just in case, my mail:

Raitis deneba19 days ago

I've published an instructable for it, see it here or go through my profile. There's everything you'll need to make one yourself.

krummrey (author)  Raitis3 months ago

WOW, that's a great lamp. So rewarding to see how people take it from here.

roobidesign made it!20 days ago

Hey, thank you for the instructions

Here is mine (300gr cardboard) I printed to A3 papers cut and copy it to bigger cardboard sheets, so it was a bit longer than I planed, but I really like the outcome :)
I have made a timelapse video of the process:

rdesteffani24 days ago
Thanks for sharing your design knowledges. I did my first model. It is simple but I did it by myself following your directions.
ron0422 made it!25 days 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.

fkorre27 days 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.

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)  mrdiegocasseres29 days ago

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

HappyS21 month ago

I have only two questions. Which pages in your pdf are foe the antlers, because I dont want to print the wrong page on the wrong colored page. Secondly which lines need to be folded in which direction. Is there a difference between a .............. line and a .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-. line?

Thank You

krummrey (author)  HappyS229 days ago

They tell you which one goes up and which one goes down. Depending on the way you build it.

Generally most of the lines form a mountain, just a few a valley.

palaro made it!1 month ago

Thank you krummrey for PDF.
Wasn't easy, but we made it!
- A3 paper, 240g
- color: red (colored cardstock) & black (spray painted)
Greetings from Poland!

krummrey (author)  palaro29 days ago

Looks great. And it wouldn't be the same making one if it were easy. ;)

piotrekha11 month ago

Hello everyone

I have a question - which side of the pdf is the face, and antlers. I want print this on colored paper (separately head and antlers) :)

Head: 2-11
Antlers: 12-15

krummrey (author)  palaro29 days ago

I don't know how many times I've answered that question....

Aine771 month ago
I was really hard, but I made it! It's in my classroom for Christmas :)
krummrey (author)  Aine771 month ago

Looks great, good that you made it all the way through the hardships... ;)

bastelina1 month ago

Hey, can you please tell me which pages are for the horns so i can print them in a different colour.

Thank you!

krummrey (author)  bastelina1 month ago

Step 12
"If you plan to use different colors make sure you group the parts that
have the same color. I grouped all the parts for the antlers on the last
four pages."

DominikP11 month ago
SaschaB1 month ago

Hi, it looks AMAZING, I really want to try it. Do you have an indication of the size when you print it on A3? Then I can decide if I want to print them on A3 or one size smaller on A4. Thanks in advance!

krummrey (author)  SaschaB1 month ago

Do you want to know the dimensions as height and width of the deer when it's done?

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