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>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>o molde pode ser baixado nessa pagina.</p>
<p>ol&aacute;<br>nesta pagina voce consegue fazer o download do pdf <br>depois &eacute; s&oacute; imprimir em folha de papel A4 comum mesmo, recortar e dobrar.<br>fa&ccedil;a a colagem dos chifres no final.</p>
<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>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>Awesome tutorial ;)</p>
<p>I'm from IRAN and i enjoy it. it's just perfect. </p>
<p>Thank you so much for the PDF.</p>
Most recent of my giant baby doll heads with this method.
<p>Love it. Did you publish the PDO or template?</p>
Are you still using Pepakura or do you have an alternative? I was considering finally buying it.
No, but I can! <br>https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9gv-IWH4tfFQUJ1UHptZHVaZ28/view?usp=drivesdk
<p>Hello,</p><p>Do you have instructions to other animals? eg. fox, unicorn, etc</p><p>Regards</p>
<p>I made a beheaded unicorn family!</p><p>Thank you for the instructions.</p>
<p>Cute collection. I took the same model from Thingiverse :)<br></p>
<p>HELLO, I'm new in this kind of crafts and don't know how to use Thingiverse, could you send me the unicorn's pdf to mandys_saly@hotmail.com, thanks</p>
<p>Hey, do u have by any chance the pdf for the the unicorn head??<br>Can u e-mail me at mieloli@hotmail.com.<br>Thanks a lot.</p>
<p>It's not my model, so I won't share. It's freely availabale on thingieverse.<br>You might try to contact the original author to grant me permission to share the PDF.</p>
<p> awesome!!! </p><p>pdf file please!! solis.j@outlook.com :P</p>
<p>hello, your work is beautiful. you can send me the pdf? thank you so much.</p><p>merlino.rb@gmail.com</p>
<p>Where can I find this pdf or tutorial?</p>
<p>pdf file please!!! saraum@hotmail.com</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>do you have the stl file of the head with the shapes?</p>
<p>So nice of you for sharing the file! <br>I made one, it's just perfect :)<br><br>If you have another models, could be fun to make it !<br>Thanks a lot :D<br></p>
<p>These colors are making me rethink straight white. Did you paint it that color or is that the color of the paper?</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing the photos. I like the very subtle color variation.</p>
<p>Great template and it really works well. The antlers are hard to do, you need to have a child or someone with small fingers help you with them....</p>
<p>what type of paper? and I want more models.</p><p>please help me. subhash.jadhav9@gmail.com, mob no. +919762146177 </p>
<p>Hi, thanks for this awesome template ! Can you tell me what pages deals with the deer anthler please ?</p>
<p>page 12... Ok I read it only now.</p>
<p>Guys, how do you hang it on the wall? Thanks for sharing your ideas! Today I covered it with silver paint and it's perfect match. The deer is awesome (krummrey, thanks a million!).</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>

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