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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 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/

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!

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.

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?

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!

Thank you so much for this unbelievably clear instruction! I made it :)

How do you get the yemplate in Colour then?
topbrief15 days ago

Dear Krummrey,

Thank-you so much for this wonderful Instructable.

I have now completed my deer-head and it finishes off my room perfectly.

May I just offer one tip for anyone thinking of undertaking this project?

You will need refreshment during the paper folding and gluing stages. Hot drinks need, however, to be placed well away from the model. I accidentally dipped an antler in my cup of tea so now I am going to have to bleach out the stain.

Kind regards,

Topbrief - Leeds, United Kingdom

ReflexNL17 days ago

Finished it today! Thanks a million Jan Krummrey, great work!
I used 300gr. black and white paper and double sided tape. Weirdly enough, feeding the white paper through the printer was no problem while the black paper kept getting stuck inside the printer, so for those patterns I had to print it on regular paper, lay it over the 300gr. paper and score and cut it out together.

giedre made it!29 days ago

I enjoyed it very much while making it!!! But my double sided sticky tape wasn't strong enough to keep it together so I end up using Super glue very carefully and that worked for me. Messed in a few spots, but not that visible. The part at the end where you have to close the deer neck with a flat part was quite difficult to do on your own. So end up asking some help from my hubby :) Thank you for a tutorial and the file !!! By the way it was made out of A4 and it will live in South Africa !!

bacro giedre22 days ago

There are 3 types of lines: the "complete" one is for cutting but then, there are 2 other types of lines IN the figure. What is the difference between them?

bacro22 days ago

There are 3 types of lines: the "complete" one is for cutting but then, there are 2 other types of lines IN the figure. What is the difference between them?

bacro22 days ago

Sorry but there are 2 types of lines. How do we do?

By the way, the "sculpture" is beautiful!

NeilKalman27 days ago

I've been dying to make this for ages but I just can't find 300 grams cardstock.
The closest I got is 180 grams.

Do you have a link to a store online that sells 300 grams colorful cardstock? it will help me greatly.

thanks for this instructable! it's a beautiful project!

MaeveM1 month ago

Best use of my time this year!

SheilaG3 made it!2 months ago
Thanks for your awesome share! I did this on a5 size paper and had abit of a struggle but there it is. ?
krummrey (author)  SheilaG31 month ago

Looks great. How big did it turn out to be? And did you get by with the (then tiny) flaps?

YulyaS1 month ago

Thanks for the lesson. I already have my little collection of deers.

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krummrey (author)  YulyaS1 month ago

WOW! Awesome carftsmanship. Those are fantasic!

For the PDF file you supplied how do I know which pages of parts of the pages is the antlers and the head and neck-- since I wanted them different colors? Would I just need to print it twice with each color and figure it out from there or do you know which pages are which?

krummrey (author)  MarkMcCleskey1 year ago

The last four pages are the parts for the antlers.

giedre krummrey1 month ago

I admire your patience with the same questions all over again.. People don't want to read, huh? I want to make it for my son's bedroom feature wall. That would look great! Will post as soon as I'm done :) Thank you!! Don't you want to make and share some more, like lions or hippo's? Or is it too much work? cause I don't think I'll ever be able to try it my self on the program.. Looks complicated..

WeslleyM1 month ago
Kahlaby 1 month ago
Hei, might be a really stupid question, but i dont want to glue bevore i dont know if the numbers should face the outside or the inside. This is my very first papercraft prodjekt, so please help, guys! ;)
krummrey (author)  Kahlaby 1 month ago

I glue them so that the flaps are on the inside.
Take a look at my other instructable. That hopefully helps to clear things up:


This is what I made with your instructions: https://youtu.be/XPXsoGGnKJg

SheilaG32 months ago
Thanks for the awesome share!!! I did this is a5 paper. Had a bit of a struggle but there it is. ?
moussaillon made it!2 months ago
Thanks a lot, I finally made it by programming it on cutting machine.
arturoh12 months ago

Can you share the PDO file please?

nomadeinchina made it!2 months ago

Not perfect, but i like it.

FrankV22 months ago

Finally made it :)

took me a lot longer then expected.. but totally worth it!

snarayana33 months ago
done with 1/4th scale.. took me 11hrs to complete...
krummrey (author)  snarayana32 months ago

How were the antlers at that scale. They aren't easy at 100%.
Looks like you managed just fine.

also managed to fix some selfmade backlight... ;-)
AllisonM33 months ago

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! :)

krummrey (author)  AllisonM32 months ago

A4 would be around 70% of what you see on the pictures I made.

AmandaD43 months 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

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