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.

Step 1: 3D-Model

The web is full of free 3D-models that we can use as a template. I found my deer on http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:34277

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: http://meshlab.sourceforge.net/
<p>I made it - and it's gorgeous!</p><p>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.</p><p>I do love this clear shape - great work!</p>
<p>Can you please send me de PDF ? to my email sansvisage.cat@gmail.com</p>
hi, if you have a document to pdf, came to me, please nadyaros90@yandex.ru
<p>wow you're really good at paper crafting! can you tell me which pages are for antlers and the head? i'm trying to make a multi-color one like yours.</p>
<p>When you download the pdf file, the antlers start from page 12. </p>
<p>thanks ;))</p>
<p>i want to know that too!</p><p>please give answer</p><p>thanks.</p>
<p>page 12 - antlers beginning.</p>
<p>Hi. guys, I`m from Brazil and I really wanna to do one of this. Can someone send me one of this on my e-mail? I can't understand english very good and I didn't understood all the comments below. My e-mail address is ocriador@hotmail.it</p><p>Thanks Guys</p>
<p>Just wondering, how did you get the colour?</p><p>P.S it rocks!</p>
<p>Different colored paper. Cheaper than printing color with your inkjet printer.</p>
<p>You are awesome!! And I wonder if you have made any giraffe??</p>
awesome !
<p>Thank you! :-)</p>
<p>That looks amazing<br>Can you share the PDF files that should be printed please?</p>
thank you :-)<br>krummrey posted the link to the pdf file here in the comments. scroll down please.
<p>Hi..it 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?</p>
<p>Hi, thank you very much :-)</p><p>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/m&sup2; cartonage. I want to build an elk (also from krummrey) and just bought 300g/m&sup2; cartonage at &quot;Heinrich H&uuml;nicke&quot; in L&uuml;beck (Germany) </p><p><a href="http://www.buerokompetenz.de/index.php" rel="nofollow">http://www.buerokompetenz.de/index.php</a></p><p>So, unfortunately no online-shop.</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>any way to print out the angles on the edges? or to get the dxf file?</p><p>i was hoping to build this masterpiece from plywood and i was hoping to get this exact form somehow.... </p>
<p>Hello,</p><p>Can you please send me the PDF </p><p>sebazagi@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hello, </p><p>Can you please send me the PDF ( size - details how to make at home ) ? to my E-Mail ... brigittemarginean@gmail.com</p><p>Thanks !</p>
<p>Thank you so much for your tutorial! Here's mine, made without printing but with Sihouette Cameo for the cuts and mountain folds (I made the valley folds manually on the other side). I needed to make all the process from start 'cause I couldn't work with the provided PDF (too many segments), so I join the .pdo pepakura file if someone need it. PS : I am on a Mac and Pepakura works fine with Wineskin.</p>
<p>Please can you send me to my email the pdf template ill be so greatful.... sansvisage.cat@gmail.com</p>
Hi! I only have .ai and .dxf files, no .pdf. Let me know if you're interested
<p>Yes I use Wineskin now to run Pepakura and it works great on the Mac.<br>These days I use a Cricut Explore to cut score and draw these things. Saves a lot of time. ;)</p>
<p>Hi, if you have the PDF Can you please send me to my e-mail?</p><p>echeverria.camilo@yahoo.com </p><p>Than</p>
I made it! Beautiful!!
<p>hello can you give me pdf please this is my mail manuela960819@hotmail.com</p>
<p>I made a beheaded unicorn family!</p><p>Thank you for the instructions.</p>
<p>Hello! My little niece would die if I made one for her room... can you share the model? my email is delarosamoreno@hotmail.com</p><p>Thank you very much!</p>
<p>Hi !</p><p>Very nice papercraft! I wanted to do the same with other 3D model which I found on<a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:34277" rel="nofollow">http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:34277</a> and I tried to use Meshlab to create pattern like you but it doesn't work..</p><p>Can you give me some explanations to do this ?</p><p>Thanks</p><p>(sorry for my english..)</p>
<p>please send file to print to - vitalij.trimailov@gmail.com</p>
cool project! 8 h of work
<p>Hi, I have a small question, i have made this deer head (thanks for the download BTW) and now im wondering what is the easiest way of hanging this thing up? Mine is A3 size. I've tried a couple of thing but didn't work out.</p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>it tooks me a lot of time but it's on my wall ! Thanks for sharing patern !!!</p>
<p>Thank you so much for sharing your design! I'm looking forward to trying out some of your other creations too!</p><p>I made it out of white card (found some 250gsm A4 white card in a pound shop) and stuck most of it together using double sided tape. However, I did add a bit of superglue on some parts of the antlers (making it out of A4 means there's slightly more tension in some of the smaller folds). I'm glad that I made it in that size though as it's a bit expensive to get the design printed onto A3.</p><p>In total it took me about 22 hours but it was definitely worth it!</p>
<p>I loved building my own! I created a time lapse if your interested, check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFp9T9u1tXs</p>
<p>Thanks for the timelapse. Looks like you've built more than one... </p>
YES, I have actually built three deer. The first one i made out of simple printer paper and that didnt hold up well when i covered it in modge podge. The blue one above I gave as a gift, and I made a cardstock white one. I am now a little hooked on papercrafts and yesterday created and assembled my own pepakura giraffe. Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I used all your advice! I also tried your moose https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7Dan37wKlo
<p>I made it!!! Took me about 10 hours. Wasn`t easy, because I`m not patient person:) Worth every minute.</p>
<p>Ten hours seems pretty fast. Thanks for the pictures.</p>
<p>It`s just because I made few architecture models in the past. Thank YOU for the great tutorial!!!</p>
<p>Please can you send me to my email the pdf template ill be so greatful.... sansvisage.cat@gmail.com</p>
Hey, thank you for your pdf, I made one and it's tremendous!! Do you have or know where to find the one for the gorilla ? Thanks again !!
<p>I'd look on thingieverse or the sketchup warehouse. Might find a gorilla there.</p>
<p>Anyone notice that page 2, 6 and 7 have some parts of the model that's cut off ever so slightly? Is that a big deal when it comes to making this? Please let me know!</p>
<p>It should only be the flaps that get cut off. It shouldn't matter there. You can cut out the flaps pretty much any shape you want, just try not to make them too small.</p>
<p>Could someone post a instruction video on how to put it together? I have it all printed out but i have no idea how to put it together.</p>
<p>This girl made a video explaining. Hope it helps! (:</p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFSI-W4_iNE</p>

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