Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Pyramid Rubber Band Pop Up

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Jul 9, 2010

Pyramid Rubber Band Pop Up

I love math. Maybe you already figured that out. So when I can combine my obsession with paper with some math, well, you can imagine it makes my day.

What can you make with a rubber band pop up pyramid? Other than the obvious Christmas tree?

You can make a pyramid "globe". It makes my head hurt when I think about it too hard.

I got the map from Carlos Furuti's site.

pop up pyramid

You can make a kick-butt CD holder with a few design modifications. Be sure to use heavy card stock and strong rubber bands.

How to assemble a rubber band pop up pyramid

pop up pyramid

Print template.

Cut around the outline of the whole template but do not cut in around the hooks yet. Score dotted lines.

Fold the A tabs toward the center and glue down on top of the hooks. Let dry completely, and I do mean completely. If you cut the hooks when they're damp you will permanently weaken the paper fibers.

Cut around the hooks and cut away the triangles in the center of the hooks.

Holding the pyramid in the closed position (the hooks will nearly touch), measure the distance between the hooks.

pop up pyramid

Knot a piece of elastic thread into a loop that just fits between the hooks. Loop the elastic through one hook.

pop up pyramid

This is the kind of elastic thread that I use.

pop up pyramid

Flatten the pyramid so it looks like an envelope. Glue B1 and B2 together, C1 and C2 together, with the B and C tabs folded into the inside of the envelope. (Hooks not shown).

pop up pyramid

pop up pyramid

Grab the elastic with a crochet hook or needle nose pliers. Close the piece as much as you can and stretch the elastic over the second hook.

pop up pyramid

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AShu93 said...

I like projects like this. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing the great instructions.

Jan scrap said...

Great idea! I am going to make an Egyptian theme card next month...guess what...yes I shall follow your instructions and make an Egyptian theme pyramid. Thanks.

Dr Sonia S V said...

That is wonderful carol
what a fascinating idea
Dr Sonia S V

paperlover said...

Okay... I LOVE this CD thing to death, but where do I put the elastic? And where do you glue?

I want one ssssssoooooooo bad!!!!

eunice said...

OMG,is this the COOLEST pop-up thingie or WHAT?!!! Gotta try this one for sure...thanks for the link for the CD holder template...have you tried it?

Rits-nl said...

This is so fantastic! I made pyramids like this one 20 years ago, but I lost the instructions how to make them. I have been looking for this ever since :-)
Thank you so much for sharing...

Daniel said...

Hey man, all i have to say is i love you. hahaha. this is just great

carameldicano said...

Im trying to get the template for this amazing pyramid...any way i can get it please....

Carol said...

The one in the video is not mine, but the one in the post...right click the picture and "save picture as".