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How to make a 3D aztec temple for a project

Updated November 21, 2016

Crafting an Aztec temple is a creative way to display ancient American history. Aztec temples were constructed in the shape of pyramids. Creating a three-dimensional temple for a project requires foam, cardboard and paint. The main distinction between Egyptian and Aztec pyramids were the large, foreboding steps on the front side of the Aztec pyramids. Aztec temples were used by rulers to hold ceremonies to worship the Gods. Human sacrifices were also common atop the pyramids -- resulting in steps drenched with blood.

Measure and cut two right angle foam triangles at 12 inches by 10 inches by 15.6 inches. Use foam that is 1-inch thick. Paint each triangle gold.

Measure and cut three U-shaped foam base pieces. Make the bottom piece 12 inches by 12 inches, the middle piece 8 inches by 8 inches and the top piece 4 inches by 4 inches. Make the space between each U shape 8 inches wide. Use foam that is 4 inches thick. Paint each base piece gold.

Glue the base pieces together. Place the base piece at bottom and stack on the middle and top pieces so all three are aligned, facing the same direction. Position and glue the foam triangles in between the U shapes -- 12-inch sides at the bottom and 10-inch sides on the inside. You now have the three-dimensional shape of the temple.

Measure and cut a 17 inch by 6 inch piece of cardboard. Paint the cardboard gold. Fold the cardboard into a set of stairs. Glue the stairs in between the triangular sides.

Measure and cut the temple shrine at 3 inches by 3 inches. Use a 4-inch thick foam piece to complete the shrine. Paint the surface of the shrine gold. Paint an archway for a door and pillars with additional colours. Glue the shrine to the top of the temple.

Drizzle fake blood on top of the landing and down the stairs for added effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Form
  • Cardboard
  • Gold paint
  • Brushes
  • Straight razor
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Glue
  • Fake blood
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Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.