How to Make a Paper Pyramid

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You can build a smaller-scale model of the ancient pyramids.
You can build a smaller-scale model of the ancient pyramids. (Image: http://cp.c-ij.com/english/)

Pyramids have intrigued the human imagination for thousands of years. The Great Pyramid at Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to have survived into modern times. Visiting the Egyptian pyramids would interest most people, but due to their location, most people will never get to see them in person. That doesn't mean you can't make your own pyramids. It is possible to copy the pyramid builders of the ancient world, albeit on a smaller scale.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Printer (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Thin cardboard (optional)
  • Sand (optional)

Print out a pyramid template from an online craft site, like DLTK Kids. This template isn't completely necessary. You can make your own sides, any size, by drawing four triangles that are identical. Make sure to make tabs on the sides (like in the template) so the sides can be glued together. Each triangle should have one side with a tab that is almost as long as the side of the triangle.

Fold the tabs over. If using the template, the dotted lines represent the tabs. If not using the template, just fold the tabs over on each triangle.

Place the drawings of the triangles on cardboard (if a sturdier pyramid is desired) and trace them on the cardboard. Cut out the triangles from the cardboard and fold over the tabs.

Place glue on the tabs of the triangles. Glue each tab to the tab-less side of the next triangle. Continue doing this until each tab is glued to a tab-less side of another triangle, forming a pyramid. Gluing the tabs to the inside of the next triangle will make the pyramid look more professional.

Place a coat of glue over the entire pyramid. This step is optional and should be done only if cardboard was used to make the pyramid. Once the entire pyramid is covered, sprinkle it with a layer of sand. This will give the pyramid a more realistic Egyptian look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make different-sized pyramids to re-create the pyramids at Giza.
  • Only add sand if cardboard was used. If you attempt to glue sand onto a paper pyramid, it will most likely collapse.

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