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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.

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/
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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!

LeandroV57 days ago

It is beautiful! How big is it? Dimensions?

A4 is 600mm x 350mm. A5 is 390mm x 240mm. A3 will be much bigger!

Thank you! I think I will try a4 or a5. Have a nice Day!
george_leeson made it!12 hours ago

A4 and A5 Stags made, A4 is 600mm x 350mm. A5 is 390mm x 240mm. Glad i didnt make a A3 one! Thanks for Sharing!

m aminY made it!20 hours ago
dear Krummrey
i made it on A3. and its clean and precise. thank to your instructions and your valuable answers to questions. im wondering is there any idea about using it as a cast like the venus one? the volume of casting is high and im affraid glues cant tolerate the pressure. i really want it on another material. thanks again
patmadethis made it!9 days ago

Made it!

I've used 180 grams cardstock. It was quite easy to work with and it seems pretty sturdy. Started making the antlers using a transparent all-purpose glue, but before it all began looking a mess, changed to a double-sided tape, and used regular tape on the inside to reinforce the all thing.

Than you krummey! Really nice Instructable.

My deer will soon have new friends on the wall!


How did you attach it to the wall? Have made one, but it is on the floor at the moment!

I've glued a piece of really hard kind of cardstock, that came inside some socks (I have a tendency to keep useless stuff), on the back piece with some transparent all-purpose glue.
Waited for a day to make sure it was dry and, carefully, made a hole with the help of a big needle and some scissors.
Today, I would have done something diferent. Probably, first would make the hole on the regular cardstock piece and the hole on the hard one, separately. And on the final step, would glue those two together amke sure the holes matched.
Nail on the wall, and put it up!
Hope this was helpful.

Thanks for your help and replying so quickly!

NeilKalman1 month 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!

krummrey (author)  NeilKalman10 days ago

I've bought paper and card-stock on ebay. Might want to try that.

MaeveM2 months ago

Best use of my time this year!

krummrey (author)  MaeveM10 days ago

Glad you have enjoyed it.

ReflexNL1 month 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.

krummrey (author)  ReflexNL10 days ago

Printing on black would have been hard to see. ;) With 300gr you get to the boundaries of what most printers can handle.

topbrief1 month 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

krummrey (author)  topbrief10 days ago

Do take breaks when building it. It is demanding, don't rush it and keep hydrated. ;)

How do you get the yemplate in Colour then?
krummrey (author)  rabbitlover11210 days ago

Just use colored paper.

AleksandraK1 month ago

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

krummrey (author)  AleksandraK10 days ago

Thank you for the compliment. I've tried my best.

yazy1 made it!22 days ago

Thanks for instruction. I spent about 2 months , quite slow

Best wishes from Ukraine

krummrey (author)  yazy110 days ago

Yes, it took you a while. Glad you made it all the way.

novemberll made it!15 days ago

Vielen Dank für den PDF Download! Das hier ist schon mein zweiter :)

krummrey (author)  novemberll10 days ago

Ich glaube ich bin bereit auch mal wieder einen zu bauen. Bei so vielen tollen Bildern hier.

ChristianP14 made it!12 days ago
muito legal
krummrey (author)  ChristianP1410 days ago

Very clean built. Looks great in all white.

Trixini made it!11 days ago

I did a version based on a 3D-print of my dog. Turned out to be quite complex...

krummrey (author)  Trixini10 days ago

I've been warned that it was coming. ;) It turned out beautifully.

So, you basically UV the thing and print out the UV's to assemble in real life. Genius use of functionality which was designed with completely different purpose.

RayleeS21 days ago

haven't made it yet, but I'm getting the stuff for it today. Can't wait to try it out!

giedre made it!1 month 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 !!

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