Introduction: Paper Globe

About: An engineer, seamstress, cook, coder, and overall maker. Spent a summer at Instructables; got a degree in E: Neural Engineering at Olin College; made a microcontroller (tessel.io); now thinking about climate c…

While looking up the butterfly projection of the world, I noticed that the flat edges would be easy to cut out with tabs and glue together as a 3D globe.

It's not the prettiest globe, but easy to make. Certainly truer to a three-dimensional world than the Mercator projection.

Step 1: Find a Butterfly Projection of the World

Search online. There are lots. Here is one I found on the xkcd forums.

Step 2: Print

Make sure to leave enough space around the edges of the page to cut tabs.

Step 3: Cut

Cut tabs as shown.

Step 4: Assemble

Use tacky glue to fold the tabs under and watch as your globe takes on round-ish dimensions!

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