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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!

MaeveM4 days ago

Best use of my time this year!

SheilaG3 made it!1 month ago
Thanks for your awesome share! I did this on a5 size paper and had abit of a struggle but there it is. ?
krummrey (author)  SheilaG38 days ago

Looks great. How big did it turn out to be? And did you get by with the (then tiny) flaps?

YulyaS10 days ago

Thanks for the lesson. I already have my little collection of deers.

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krummrey (author)  YulyaS8 days ago

WOW! Awesome carftsmanship. Those are fantasic!

For the PDF file you supplied how do I know which pages of parts of the pages is the antlers and the head and neck-- since I wanted them different colors? Would I just need to print it twice with each color and figure it out from there or do you know which pages are which?

krummrey (author)  MarkMcCleskey1 year ago

The last four pages are the parts for the antlers.

giedre krummrey12 days ago

I admire your patience with the same questions all over again.. People don't want to read, huh? I want to make it for my son's bedroom feature wall. That would look great! Will post as soon as I'm done :) Thank you!! Don't you want to make and share some more, like lions or hippo's? Or is it too much work? cause I don't think I'll ever be able to try it my self on the program.. Looks complicated..

WeslleyM13 days ago
Kahlaby 17 days ago
Hei, might be a really stupid question, but i dont want to glue bevore i dont know if the numbers should face the outside or the inside. This is my very first papercraft prodjekt, so please help, guys! ;)
krummrey (author)  Kahlaby 17 days ago

I glue them so that the flaps are on the inside.
Take a look at my other instructable. That hopefully helps to clear things up:

This is what I made with your instructions:

SheilaG31 month ago
Thanks for the awesome share!!! I did this is a5 paper. Had a bit of a struggle but there it is. ?
moussaillon made it!1 month ago
Thanks a lot, I finally made it by programming it on cutting machine.
arturoh11 month ago

Can you share the PDO file please?

nomadeinchina made it!1 month ago

Not perfect, but i like it.

FrankV21 month ago

Finally made it :)

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

snarayana32 months ago
done with 1/4th scale.. took me 11hrs to complete...
krummrey (author)  snarayana31 month 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... ;-)
AllisonM32 months 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)  AllisonM31 month ago

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

AmandaD42 months 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)  AmandaD41 month ago

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

osamaOK2 months ago
Hey krummrey will you send me the pdf files of this model i love this model very much
krummrey (author)  osamaOK1 month ago

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

caro.hartung2 months ago

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.hartung1 month ago

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

antikarlo made it!2 months ago

Many thanks from Russia!

krummrey (author)  antikarlo1 month ago

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

Haelita made it!1 month ago


Many "Merci" from France =)
I like it

PS: Sorry for the bad pic

krummrey (author)  Haelita1 month ago

Tres bien!

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