Introduction: Low Poly Paper Egg

About: I like to learn new things. I really enjoy it. Learning makes me feel alive.

I live in Sweden and there is a tradition here of exchanging Easter mail. A few years ago I decided to do something extra and this year I fell in love with this design that I found on Pinterest. There was templates for sale somewhere but I had no possibility to print it out so I decided to reverse engineer the design and I succeeded. Or that's what I think.

Step 1: List of Materials

You will need:

  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • A pen
  • Glue
  • Eraser
  • Colored paper
  • Compass
  • Pointed object
  • Ribbons (optional)
  • Glue. gun (optional to attache the ribbon)

Step 2: Make the Pentagon

I used the ruler and the compass to make the pentagon just as I need it. I tried three times cause the first two were too big and the plan were to fill up the egg with candies and you don't want it to end up being too big.

This process can be simplified if you have a printer at home. But this is a great opportunity to exercise some geometry with the children while creating something fun.

Step 3: First Attempt

I figured out that the bottom was a pentagon so I would need five peaces for the first and the second row. After drawing the first pentagon I added a little extra papper to be used to glue on the other pieces.

Step 4: Glue the Ribbon (Optional)

As I mentioned before, this was meant to be given away and I don't wanted kids crushing the eggs as soon as they get it so I decided to add a ribbon to avoid this problem. This is not necessary if the egg is intended for an adult.

I recommend you to glue the ribbon on place before you pot together the lower part. it is possible to do it afterwards, but I found it more comfortable to do it at this point.

Step 5: Improving

After it took me so long to put together the first one I decided to eliminate most of the glueing to shorten the production time. I draw five pentagons next to each other and in the middle I added another one that would be the bottom. I added some "attachment wings" in places that I thought it would be needed.

I created the upper part by copying the lower part minus the bottom. In the first attempt I didin't added any "attachment wings" but while putting it together I felt that I was missing some. I fixed that misstake by adding it afterwards. I recommend to add it to the master pattern to save time.

Step 6: Putting Together the Bottom.

I used the pitting tool to mark the folding places and ensuring a perfect shape. if I don't do that I could risk a very weird final shape. I used the ruler as a guide.

After this I folded all the parts and proceeded to glue using the small wings that I left for that purpose.

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Step 8: Making the Top Piece

I happen to have a ruler with some geometrical shapes on it so I decided that the pentagon on it would be the top shape. I used the width of a normal pentagon ad the bottom and I created a parallelogram that would be used to give the final oval shape to the egg. Right now it was looking like a low poly circle.

If you are using the ribbon, I recommend you to make a hole on the top pentagon to pass it through it.

Step 9: Folding the Top

I did't draw the edges of the top cause I thought that It would look much better if I make irregular cuts. The last thing I do is to put together the corners to fold it a little bit and make it smaller. I happened to make the top a little too big so I don't wanted to redo the whole thing cause I was tired then. It fits perfectly after this improvised folding.