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Geo-paper totem!!

I used to love making 3D nets at school (it’s the only bit of maths I actually enjoyed).

Printable polyhedra characters //

I’ve been thinking for a long time they would look great with faces on.

Printable polyhedra characters //

You can make a garland or mobile with them. You can sit a few on your desk to keep you company. Or you can pile them high…totem style!

Printable polyhedra characters //

The lion is my favorite!

Printable polyhedra characters //

Happy cutting/sticking/gluing!

Printable polyhedra characters //

Click link below to read full post and download printable templates.

Oh, and if you want plain templates then click here!

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+ Good quality A4 paper (in whatever colours you fancy)
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Glue

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1. Print out the your character (pdf’s at bottom of post). Set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ and ‘grayscale’. Cut around the outside of your character.

2. Score along the dotted lines using a ruler and pointy object (such as compass or needle). Fold along each of these lines.

3. Glue your model together flap by flap. I use ‘bostick glue and fix’ for all my paper projects nowadays. Its a bit smelly and can come out of the tube very quickly so not recommended for kids. If kids are making these models then a standard glue stick will do the job well.

4. Print out the eyes, cut out and glue onto your model.

Printable polyhedra characters //

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Character 1 – Pointy tetrahrdron
Character 2 – Grumpy lion icosahedron
Character 3 – Bashful octahedron
Character 4 – Owly hexagonal prism
Character 5 – Sleepy cube
Eyes for all characters

40 thoughts on “Geo-paper totem!!

  1. They are sooooo cute ! I keep this idea for my kids ( 2nd graders) when we get back to school in September , they’ll sure like it ! Thanx !

  2. I would kill you!!! I MUST do them, but I have to order my house… I think the mess will last… Thank you thank you thank you… TOO NICE!!!

  3. Thanks Laure. Hope your kids have nice holidays…mine can’t wait to finish for the summer ^_^

  4. Haha…..too funny! My house looks very messy too (that’s why i never put pictures of my house on this blog – very uninspiring).

    Happy cleaning/crafting 🙂

  5. These are so cute! I get my grade 8 students to design, draw, build and decorate their own nets to decorate a class “geome-tree”. Last year one girl made an adorable “octopus-agon”

  6. You sound like a cool teacher Sarah! We used to make ours out of plain white card…still enjoyed it though (from what i can remember – ha).

  7. I have been following your blog and emails for quite a while now and always love the ideas
    you come up with. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    I am homeschooling my granddaughter we are raising and about to start 1st grade.
    I am so loving these new printables and definitely going to be making some to sit around
    our room.

  8. I’m usually a silent reader of your blog but today I just have to let you know that I reaaaally LOVE these totem characters! Thank you so much!!

  9. I often print out your activities and create them with my wonderful niece. She’s a great little crafter like I used to be! I’m sure these will be her new favourite.
    I’m going to print a set on coloured paper but also print a set on white because I know she’d love to colour-in and/or create her own designs!

    Thank you so much! 🙂

  10. cute , love it, the idea of making of the shapes a totem is briliant. well done!!!
    thank you again for the great sharing , have a great fun summer time;-D

  11. Hi Olga, you can download the files above…under the ‘PRINTABLE FILES’ header. Kate x

  12. hi,
    i’m 13 and i love making my room bright and fun. these were a brilliant addition. i think i might make a garland out of some!
    thanks so much

  13. Omg! I offer loads of free printables too, but these are really realy supercool! Perhaps i will link them someday on my blog ❤

  14. Crafting 3D nets with adorned faces brings geometry to life, transforming mundane shapes into captivating characters. Whether strung into a garland, perched on desks, or stacked as totems, they enchant spaces with whimsical charm. An imaginative trade island of creativity awaits.

  15. I absolutely share your love for crafting 3D nets! Adding faces sounds like a whimsical touch. I’d adore creating a garland to brighten up my space or stacking them high for a playful totem. What a delightful idea!

    continue reading..

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