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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.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1133977/deer_head_detailed-415-2farbig-h780.pdf
(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>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>I'll start making mine in 2 days and just wanted to ask something before I start... you have to fold to the inside (so the numbers are on the inside)? (I printed on white A4 paper and will draw them on coloured paper, so they will be without numbers anyway) </p>
<p>Yes, the numbers are supposed to be on the inside for this project.<br>You might want to take a look at my other instructable:</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Bunnies-PapercraftPepakura-Help-Desk/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Bunnies-Papercraft...</a></p><p>I cover the inside-out problem there.</p>
Everything worked out nicely. I glued the pattern to glossy street maps.
<p>Very nice. greatthat you went the extra mile.</p>
<p>I would love to make this, maybe a few, for my classroom. I am always looking to keep things interesting for my fifth graders. I cannot get the link to work, is there any other way I might be able to access the PDF?</p>
<p>Please everyone read the text. The PDF is linked and the link worked every time I've checked.</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>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>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>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>Fun project! Took a different approach and worked with a laser cutter. </p>
<p>pdf file please saraum@hotmail.com</p>
<p>Looks great. Good to see that you went all the way and made one all by yourself.<br>Are you willing to share the template?</p>
<p>That looks fantastic! </p>
Amazing!!!!
<p>doesn't it get hot because of the light-bulb? or it's just a little lamp? </p>
<p>Very nice. What type of paper you used?</p>
<p>Very nice. Never got around to build one as a lamp. Looks great!</p>
<p>Adorei! Fiz um pra mim! Dark side.</p>
Anyone please just tell me the meaning of the numbers, the lines, and how to unite the pieces? Is it based on the number or how, pls tell me
thanks!
<p>is a3 paper basically the same as normal paper? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I really don't know.</p>
<p>The DIN A are the german paper formats. They start with A0 wich covers an area of one square meter at the ratio of 1 to the square root of 2. With each number up in the A scale you have half of the one before.</p><p>Two A1s are the same size as one A0.<br>Two A4s are the same size as one A3. <br>Hope that helps.</p>
Where could you possibly buy it in the us? I asked someone else, and he said that it isn't common in the us...
<p>Well that was a lot of fun. Did it in A4 and am quite satisfied with the size, although the antlers were a little bit fiddly. Great work and thanks a bunch for the plans!</p>
<p>At that size you need a lot of patience for the little folds. Turned out great!</p>
<p>Can you send me de giraffe and unicorn in PDF? Thank you very munch.</p><p>Marieke20_@hotmail.com</p><p>I made a rabit head its very easy to make it.</p>
<p>so cute.</p><p>can you point me to the instraction's of the rabbit??</p><p>please</p>

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