Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tangled icosahedrons

I've been away for a bit. I was invited to teach a day of zentangle and mandalas at the three-day Retreat to Paradise in Florida. I went a few days early and thoroughly enjoyed the beach, the warm weather, all meals prepared, and the sound of the surf pounding outside my balcony door! I arrived home Monday at 10 p.m. and Tuesday evening a little group gathered to finish our tangled icosahedrons.

An icosahedron is a 20-sided shape. Four of us got together to make some. We had a good start the first evening and decided we'd finish tangling them at home and come together again to fold them and glue them together. One person decided to cut out the shape first and work on the back of the template so as not to have the triangle division lines.

Two views of the final products! Unfortunately, the one at the back is a little fuzzy. We added heavy thread so the shaped could be hung.

You can see another tangled 3-D shape I made here.

Go ahead, try this at home:

You can find an 8.5"x14" template here. I had the photocopy shop increase it to 11"x17".
Ideally it should be printed on heavy paper or card stock. You want it to be sturdy but also to fold easily.
You'll need glue that will dry quickly and not buckle. Many liquid scrapbook glues with a fine tip nozzle are good this way ( have Elmer's and Scotch, both good). The last few tabs you glue will be tricky; be forewarned.

Have fun!


  1. I love these!! Thanks for the template and the inspiration!

  2. I did several of these last year, and I thought I was the only one. They are cool, and fun to do.

  3. gonna try this for sure, thanks for sharing.

  4. School holidays coming up and grandchildren coming for a sleep over, they always ask to do craft, thanks Margaret love this idea!

  5. These are amazing! Thanks for sharing!