How to Make a Pyramid Out of Poster Board

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Making a pyramid can be a useful way to learn about these ancient structures.
Making a pyramid can be a useful way to learn about these ancient structures. (Image: pyramid image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

Making your own pyramids can be a helpful tool in learning, or teaching others, about ancient Egypt, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. For a quick and easy way to make a pyramid, try using some poster board and sandpaper, in order to get the look and feel of these ancient wonders. If you are trying to teach kids about pyramids, or just want to make one on your own for a craft project, learn the easy steps to building your own model pyramid.

Things You'll Need

  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Craft glue
  • Dark tan acrylic latex paint
  • Small paint brush

Cut out four triangles from poster board about 10 inches tall and 11 inches wide. You can play around with sizes for larger or smaller pyramids if you so choose.

Cut out four triangles the same size and shape as your poster board triangles, out of fine-grain sandpaper and set aside.

Tape your four triangles together into a pyramid shape, using tan masking tape to secure edges to each other. You can also use glue if you so choose, or glue and then use masking tape to further secure pyramids.

Take craft glue and apply it to the edges of the smooth side of one of your pieces of sandpaper, and glue it onto one of the sides of your pyramid. Repeat this step with the remaining pieces of sandpaper, and the remaining sides of your pyramid.

Using a small paintbrush, paint horizontal stripes about 1 inch apart going down each one of your triangles. Paint stripes so that they line up and wrap evenly around your pyramid.

Paint connecting vertical lines around your pyramid to give the appearance of bricks on your pyramid. For example, paint a vertical line connecting two horizontal stripes, with another line about 1 inch away from it to look like a brick. Your bricks don’t have to be perfectly matched in size. Allow paint to dry for a few hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take a large tray and fill it with a little sand and place your pyramid in the tray for a completed look, or simply glue pyramid to some poster board.
  • Another way to get that sandy look of the pyramids is to paint your poster board pyramid tan and sprinkle sand onto wet paint.
  • For a sparkly pyramid, try sprinkling on tan glitter while paint is still wet.

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