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Hello Everyone,
In this tutorial, I will show you how to make an easy kirigami staircase. Kirigami is the art of cutting paper in order to make shapes, which are often 3D. This particular kirigami model is a set of stairs, and can be made into a pop up greeting card. This model is very easy, and almost everyone can make it. I attached the PDF for the model on this step. I also attached a video of the card. Feel free to view it!

Note: I did not design this model. It was designed by Baud and Bui. All rights go to them. Not for commercial use. 
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Step 1: What You Will Need

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For this project, you will need:
  • A printer
  • A piece of thick paper
  • An X-acto knife
  • A ruler
  • A colored piece of paper (optional)
  • Glue stick (optional)

Step 2: Print the Template

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This step is simple.
Once you have downloaded the PDF, click on the file to open it. Now, load the sheet of thick paper into the printer. Then, click on the file button on the top left corner of the PDF, and  then click print.

Step 3: Begin Cutting

For this step, you will need the printed template from Step 2, your X-acto knife, and your ruler.
Place you template on a surface you don't mind scratching. Begin by cutting along the black outline that runs outside of the main design. Observe your template. The template is made of three types of lines: solid black lines, dotted lines, and dotted lines. You need to make straight cuts along the solid black lines. To do this, line up your ruler with the black lines and cut with your X-acto knife. The resulting cut should be straight. Make sure you do this on all solid black lines.

Step 4: Begin Folding

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For this step, you will need your cut template from step 3

Take your cut template. Note the two remaining types of lines: dotted lines, and small dotted lines. On all of the small dotted lines, you need to fold inward along the line, or make a valley fold. On the dotted lines, you need to make a fold outward, or a mountain fold.
Once you have completed all of your folds, you should have your finished stairs!

Step 5: Add a Backing

For this optional step, you will need your stairs from step 5, your glue stick, and your piece of colored paper.

Take your colored piece of paper, and fold it in half as shown in the picture. Now, align the center crease on your stairs and your center crease on the colored paper. Use your glue stick to glue the colored paper to the back of the stairs, but make sure you don't glue any parts of the stairs itself. Only glue the parts of the stairs that haven't been cut or folded.

Once you have glued everything together, you are done! You can use this model for decoration, or make it into a card for special occasions!

I hope you enjoyed this Instructable! Please leave comments, and thanks for viewing!
sunshiine2 years ago
Verticees (author)  sunshiine2 years ago