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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krummrey (author) 4 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.

Kammarah made it!7 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! :-)

awesome !

Thank you! :-)

fdmomtaz Kammarah7 months ago

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

Kammarah fdmomtaz7 months ago
thank you :-)
krummrey posted the link to the pdf file here in the comments. scroll down please.
casplas Kammarah7 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 casplas7 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 Kammarah7 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 i want to make it but i don't found the pdf link cant you show it to me please thank you

MatthewS3 made it!2 days ago

Turned out great. Thanks!

krummrey (author)  MatthewS3yesterday

Fit's right in with the butterflies... ;)

Raitis made it!5 days ago

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

krummrey (author)  Raitisyesterday

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


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Dumah made it!7 days ago

Wasn't easy, mostly my fault, but it was extremely satisfying and the result is gorgeous.
I did manage to save about 50% material by rearranging the pieces a bit. Needed only one A2 piece of paper in stead of 2 for the horns, and 2.5 for the head. I know it's not really expensive material, but 50% is not insignificant.
Anyway, thanks for the tutorial, I'm definitely going to try making something using the whole process, with the 3D modelling and all.

krummrey (author)  Dumah5 days ago
Yes, packing the pieces is hard. Pepakura itself is really bad at it. I've spent some time arranging them on A3 because it saves a lot of material over A4.
I don't have access to a A2 printer, but someone else might have. Would you share your A2 template with us?
Dumah krummrey5 days ago
Unfortunately I didn't make one. I realised it was possible too late, when I had already printed on standard A3 paper. I cut that out, arranged and transferred it onto A2 then. Pretty imprecise and troublesome, but it worked. :D
I will probably be making one more, in different colours. I'll be sure to make a template then and share, of course. :)
RbotJ17 days ago

This is awesome. Definitely a conversation piece.

Thanks krummrey!
What colors should I make mine? I know the antlers are orange.
krummrey (author)  Captain_Zeta19 days ago

Adobe has a cool webapp that helps you to choose colors:

hello, first of all thank you for the pdf. I want to know what it means - -- - -- - --
krummrey (author)  frambourgeoise6420 days ago

The different line styles give you a hint on which side you need to bend the paper. Depending on which way you build it. Lines on the inside or lines on the outside.

This site describes it very well:

hello, first of all thank you for the pdf. I want to know what it means - -- - -- - --

NickyR11 month ago

Hi guys, I want to make this a deer, but I had a couple of questions.

I skachad PDF file, I want to make the horns of a different color, which pages in the pdf file the horns, so I printed on different colored paper, unlike the main deer?

and how to collect? glue such as 192 and 192; 80 and 80 like that?

krummrey (author)  NickyR11 month ago

If I remember this right, the last fours pages make the antlers.

And yes, you match the two sides with the same number.

NichA1 made it!1 month ago

Hi! i would really like to say thank you for your amazing template! i just finished mine and it took me 9 hours! it's not that perfect but i love it!

krummrey (author)  NichA11 month ago

Looks great. So you two flirt every morning when you look into the mirror? ;)

Poplarzh1 month ago
guerrsari made it!1 month ago

I couldn't find paper in just one color so it ended up looking like patchwork :P but it's sooo pretty!!! thanks for the instructable!"

krummrey (author)  guerrsari1 month ago

I've been wanting to make one with each facet having a different color. This is very much like it.

Bomshika1 month ago

Wonderful piece of work, I just have a quick question. which sections am I meant to paste together? Is it like paste 1 to 2 or am I missing a step somewhere?

krummrey (author)  Bomshika1 month ago
Thanks, glad you like it.
You're supposed to match the edges with corresponding numbers. 1:1, 2:2... I know it's like a puzzle sometimes. Using the PDF and searching for a number works well for me. try that to speed things up.

Great, that makes far more sense then I thought!
Can't wait to start it now.
kawhamsen1 month ago

Hi this is some coooool stuff!! What are the meanings of the different lines on the pdf. The normal lines are for normal cutting, the dashed ones with the gaps for folding. But there are two types of dashed lines. Can you tell us about that?

Ok i found out. Thanks anyways for showing all the opportunities!!!

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