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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!

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Thank you! :-)

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!

Hey krummrey will you send me the pdf files of this model i love this model very much

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! :)

AmandaD42 days 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) 10 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.


Could you post a pdf of this? That would be nice.

remrem19802 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!


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.CnJimenez1 month 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)  remrem19802 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.

piepsie12 days ago

Hey i am working on your great Paper Deer. But i have one big problem. When I print the PDF on the 300g Paper in A3 the Lines are almost invisibel. How can i make the Lines in the PDF thicker or darker. Any Idea?? Thank you for the great template.

krummrey (author)  piepsie3 days ago

You probably could open it in Inkscape and increase the line width and color. Haven't tried, but it should work. Hard to balance strokes. if you make them too thick they shine through on inkjet printers.

Have you tried increasing the contrast in your printersettings?

HayleyG1 made it!11 days ago

Wouldn't recommend doing it on dark purple because the lines become practically invisible but I'm SO pleased with how this came out in the end! Made on A4 with 300g card. Thanks so much for this tutorial!


Amazing! Thanks!

Betod made it!23 days ago

I done!!!!!

muito obrigado!!!!!!!

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krummrey (author)  Betod22 days ago

Looks great, did you use shiny material?

Betod krummrey22 days ago
Hi, Krummrey, thank you.
I used 300g colored shiny paper, double-sided adhesive tape and superglue. ;)
krummrey (author)  Betod20 days ago

The shin paper looks great. I have to find more paper options....

vanityohh25 days ago

I have a question about the folds - which line is for valley fold and which line is for mountain fold?!

krummrey (author)  vanityohh25 days ago

I made a new tutorial with your question answered.

bro.i.brown1 month ago

wow!! love your work!! I want to make two but a mirror image of each other, do you have any suggestions on achieving that? If I flipped the templet vertically and print it that way so in theory it should work right? i guess the only downside is to read the numbers in mirror image. :-\ please let me know what are your thoughts!

krummrey (author)  bro.i.brown25 days ago

Yes, flipping it will mirror it.

Kate791 month ago

My husband made it and I made the holder. Thank you so much! It looks really good!

krummrey (author)  Kate7925 days ago

I love the backplate. Thanks for sharing.

This might be a dumb question, but when matching up the numbers is it like 1-1,2-2,3-3 or should it be 1,2,3,4,5,6? just started cutting and i don't see any duplicate numbers.

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