what you’ll need:
20 paper circles (2″ to make a 3.5-4″ ornament, approximately or visit Blackbird Letterpress’s etsy shop to buy a kit)
glue (we use PVA glue but a good white glue will work fine)
a scoring tool (or smooth side of a butter knife)
Cut out triangle template from a heavy stock paper. Place triangle in the middle of all 20 circles and score around the three edges, with printed side of circle facing up. Use a scoring tool or the smooth side of a butter knife.
Valley fold the three sides of each circle, with printed side of circle facing up.
Glue the back of each side of one circle to another circle. (you will be gluing the unprinted side)
Step 4: Make a pentagon: If you want to hang the finished icosahedron, once 4 circles are glued together, tie knot in the string & insert inside. Glue in the last folded circle. This pentagon is the top of the icosahedron.
step 5: Make a 2nd pentagon made with 5 circles.
Step 6: Glue 5 circles to the outside edges of the 2nd pentagon, as shown.
Step 7: Glue in the remaining 5 circles, as shown. This creates the bottom of the icosahedron.
Step 8: Glue the remaining edges of the top piece to the remaining edges of the bottom piece.
Congrats! Well done! This is also a great way to upcycle all the Christmas cards you get in the mail. Great for ornaments on the tree or hanging around all year long.
Happy Holidays! ~ Kathryn Hunter, blackbird letterpress