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What is an Icosahedron?

"In geometry, an icosahedron is a regular polyhedron with 20 identical equilateral triangular faces, 30 edges and 12 vertices. It is one of the five Platonic solids." - Wikipedia



Why should I build an Icosahedron?

- To get inspiration. Trust me. Once you have started, a million creative ideas start to pop up in your head!


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Step 1: What You Need:

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You will need:

- More than 60 popsicle sticks.  (100 for $1.02)

- Hot glue gun.   ($ 5.00)

- Glue sticks.   ($ 0.34 each)

- Tape.   ($ 1.00)

Is that really too much?

Step 2: Sort The Sticks

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Work with the good stuff.

Go through your pile of sticks, and take out sticks that look ugly.

Bent, broken, dirty, stained, rough, all those you put aside.

Step 3: Basic Setup

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This is the basic building block that we will use.

A Triangle.

Have fun. Glue a bunch.

We'll need twenty of these. (Icos = twenty)

Do a few more. You really can have fun with these triangles.

Just make sure they are all alike. A flipped one won't look so good.

Step 4: Have Fun While You Can

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Now, didn't I tell you that you'd have fun?

Grab'em, stack'em, break'em... No. Don't break'em.

Have as much fun as you want.

Step 5: Starting The Construction

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Grab a pair of triangles, match them up, and tape them together.

Now grab one more, tape it.

Do the same with two more triangles. You should come up with something like in the second picture.

Now flip it upside down, so the tape faces towards your working surface.

Step 6: Lift It Up!

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Time to LIFT!

Carefully lift up the center of the figure. The two "loose" corners should meet.

Tape under the two sticks that you matched together.

Make sure you put the structure on a flat surface. Then you can glue all the joints.
ndrplz2 years ago
Hi, i think your instructable is really fun! After I saw it I immediately made one for myself, then I painted it, it'is really nice, so I wanted to share with you the result! 
Again, congraturations!
colorex (author)  ndrplz2 years ago
Thanks for sharing! Really nice work!

This part is very confusing.

BroadL made it!4 months ago

I made it! Here's my blog about it:


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Thanks it's soo cool! I made it! It was a little harder than I thought but it was worth it! It takes 15 triangles and a lot of glue!
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sixela1081 year ago
or_ford982 years ago
WOW! Nice idea. Also good photography, pretty rare on instructables :P
colorex (author) 3 years ago
Awesome. I've been featured in lot's of places. Not significant places, but still!

Just search "Popsicle Stick Icosahedron" on google and you'll see!
Very cool. I love things that are simple to make, don't involve power tools and can be done relatively quickly but look elegant. Great job!
lullerfly863 years ago
colorex (author)  lullerfly863 years ago
You're right. But I don't have the patience... LOL
evacooper3 years ago
i once made one of these with cardboard, also one with cardboard that i cut out and put platic, and i hung it like a lamp... it wasnt very sturdy though. i must try this!
colorex (author)  evacooper3 years ago
This one is indeed very sturdy. I dropped it once, 3 ft high, still intact.
I made this but added tissue paper on all the faces. You could use different colors on each face if you wanted. I also used a "flameless" tea light candle to avoid burning my house down!
geeezer3 years ago
cool. gotta love platonic solids... (platonically of course)

Would it work to make 4 of the pentagonal "lids" and stick em together?
colorex (author)  geeezer3 years ago
Nope. You can make three lids, but the fourth wont fit anywhere. Nice play on words, there!
mispel3 years ago
I made something similar SO long ago in middle school art class. We made a "stellated icosahedron", which is the addition of spikes that come out from each triangle on the surface of the icosahedron. I had that thing hanging from my ceiling for years.

We used small diameter straws (think cocktail straws), strung together with strong thread, which made it more or less impossible to see how it was held together and also gave it some flex.

To "stellate" the initial icosahedron shape, string longer sections of straw off of each intersection and then bring their tips together, eventually making the whole thing a 3D star...

Thanks for this 'ible, brings back fun memories!
colorex (author)  mispel3 years ago
Yeah basically I could do the same thing with 180 sticks more. You just build a pyramid on each of the faces.
I did think about that, but I had only 100 sticks...

I'm glad you like it :)
mispel mispel3 years ago
Oh yeah, and a tip for assembling this way is to use a heavy needle to string the thread through the straws. That way it just drops through quickly and easily...
colorex (author) 3 years ago

I got my instructable featured on the homepage!


Thanks Instructables!
tea_kettle3 years ago
This is genius!
colorex (author)  tea_kettle3 years ago
Verga3 years ago
Very Kewl Ible
colorex (author)  Verga3 years ago
colorex (author) 3 years ago

I'm Overly Happy!