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How to build a 3D model pyramid

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you have a project on ancient Egypt, or you are just looking for a craft project, making a 3D pyramid is a quick and fun way to replicate one of the world's oldest structures. It may have taken the Egyptians years to complete the actual pyramids, but you can build a scale model in just a few minutes. If you need to, create a larger pyramid, simply multiply the width of the base and the length of the sides by the same number.

Draw a square, 13 cm to a side, in the middle of the sheet of paper. Make sure that there is at least 10 cm between the sides of the square and the edges of the paper.

Measure to the exact middle of one of the sides of the square. From there, draw a 10 cm line going away from the square. Connect the end of that line with the two closest corners of the square, creating a large triangle off of the side of the square. Repeat this process for every side of the square.

Draw a small tab on the right side of one of the triangles. The tab should be no more than 1.2 cm long and 60 mm wide. Draw one tab on the right side of each triangle. These tabs will be used to glue the piece together.

Decorate the triangles as you see fit. These triangles will make up the sides of your pyramid. You can glue glitter or sand to it, colour the pyramid, or even draw hieroglyphics or Egyptian symbols.

Cut around the entire design, including the four tabs. Once the design is completely cut out, flip it over on the table so that the decorations are facedown.

Fold the paper at the bases of the triangles so that they come together to form a point. Place a dab of glue on the tabs and press them into the back of the adjacent triangle. The fourth tab might be a bit tricky, since all four sides will be closed at that point, but just stick a pencil into the top of the pyramid and press the tab into place.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue
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Shawn McClain has spent over 15 years as a journalist covering technology, business, culture and the arts. He has published numerous articles in both national and local publications, and online at various websites. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in journalism at Clarion University.