Create faceted paper-objects

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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

Picture of 3D-Model
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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krummrey (author) 1 month 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.

Kammarah made it!4 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!


Omg you did great too.

Thank you! :-)

awesome !

Thank you! :-)

fdmomtaz Kammarah4 months ago

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

Kammarah fdmomtaz4 months ago
thank you :-)
krummrey posted the link to the pdf file here in the comments. scroll down please.
casplas Kammarah4 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 casplas4 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 Kammarah4 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!

mnicacio made it!20 days ago

fluor deer!

versatilenerd made it!25 days ago

I finally finished my version... awesome instuctable! Thank you!

I decided to go for a black and white / chrome look and mounted it to a picture frame.

krummrey (author)  versatilenerd24 days ago

The chrome look looks great. And I like the frame idea. You've taken it to a new level. Awesome!

aimonaz26 days ago

hi there. i wanna make this and put it against a wall outside so i'm afraid the paper material cannot withstand the weather. but the project i will need to submit is about public sculpture or wall sculpture outdoor. so can u suggest how to make the paper can withstand the weather? and i'm not sure if the paper u guys are using, is available here in malaysia. i'm from malaysia. i need to submit this in another 3 days which is on this 2nd of july 14. do u think i can make it on time? your reply i will much appreciate it.

krummrey (author)  aimonaz25 days ago

You can use sheets of plastic. PVC , whatever you can get. That will be weatherproof. If you can get a hold of that get a friend or two to help you and you're done in time.

Waterproofing paper with paint or resin would work for a while, but I doubt that it'll last for long. Try to get a material that is waterproof in itself, comes in sheets and is cuttable by you.

thank u for the reply. ok. i will try. i'm gonna make 3 :)

Murasame27 days ago
thank to you, i made it !! :-)

I think I missed something here.. How did you get those edge numbers in your pdf ? I tried to unfold a couple of basic shapes and print to pdf but i didnt get those numbers.. Can you help me out ?

krummrey (author)  MakeBreakHackRepeat1 month ago

In the 2D-menu should be an option to show the Edge-IDs. Have you tried that?

You can adjust the size of the numbers in the settings dialogue.

RasstaPaper1 month ago

Hi there am struggling with step 7 Can you help please? because on meshlab the default 50% causes the Deer to be disfigured

krummrey (author)  RasstaPaper1 month ago

Can you post a picture of the model before and after reduction?


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krummrey (author)  RasstaPaper1 month ago

Looks like you are reducing by way more than 50%.
Maybe you're reducing to 50 vertices?

Put 50% in to the percentage reduction box which might of helped Thanks very much you've been a great help also how many sheets of Card stock will I need? for the entrie Model

krummrey (author)  RasstaPaper1 month ago

Depends on how big you make it in pepakura. you can make it pretty much any size you want or keep it to a certain number of sheets by adjusting the scale.
The PDF I shared has 14 pages but the deer comes out pretty big. You can go smaller...

effixe made it!2 months ago

Thank you krummery for the file!

I think i will do some others with all the process!

great tutorial!

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krummrey (author)  effixe1 month ago

I love to see all the different builds. Yours looks great.
I'd love to see the ones you'll make.

effixe krummrey1 month ago

for sure i will post some pics here.

al-yazdi made it!1 month ago

I only found coloured rigid paper, So I printed the pages on random colours, and mounted it like it comes, I had no idea which colour would come at which place. I also mounted it on a big canvas, it's hanging in our hallway.

Thanks for making that possible !

krummrey (author)  al-yazdi1 month ago

WOW, great idea. I will have try that some day.

papashage made it!2 months ago

good model :D

krummrey (author)  papashage2 months ago

Totally different paintjob than @maren10. Going for the natural look.

I`ve painted it with usual golden and black spray
rafaelhorta2 months ago

print, cut out, but I can not mount ... help me? thank you

krummrey (author)  rafaelhorta2 months ago

My backside has a hole that I simply put over a screw in the wall.

Nothing special.

sorry my English, but I say do not know where to start collage ... thanks
maren102 months ago

looks much better with some spraypaint !

krummrey (author)  maren102 months ago

Very bright and colourfull! :D

rafaelhorta2 months ago

very good ... but do not have a tutorial on how to mount? thank you

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