Ruff Draft: DIY Polyhedrons with Fan Ruffle Embellishments

Today’s RUFF DRAFT is inspired by Maureen’s favorite Polyhedrons, seen in our “I heart Valentine’s Day” photoshoots and “Jeffrey’s Modern Lego Inspired Birthday Party” photoshoots.  We  have had several questions about these fun accent pieces, so we wanted to share with you this easy DIY project.  Maureen asked me to demonstrate the tutorial….. and I of course, wanted to give them a little Ruff Flair .

We orginally found a fabulous paper polyhedron tutorial from Disney’s Family Fun website…. We figured – why not share the love and add our own AR touches!

Supplies Needed

Supplies Needed

Supplies Needed:

1.  20 small colored paper plates

2.  Stapler

3.  Scissors

3.  Crepe Paper

4.  Regular Clear Tape, and Double-Sided Tape

5.  1 1/4″ circular Craft Punch

6.  Pattern Paper – (download your 3 FREE Patterned Papers at the bottom of this post) or use your own


1. Fold each plate into thirds, creating a triangle shape

Triangular Fold

Triangular Fold

2. Staple two plates together, (in 3 places) along two folded triangle edges

3. Connect 5 plates total to create the top portion of the Polyhedron.  Then make a second version (with 5 more plates for bottom of Polyhedron)

Top and Bottom of Polyhedron

Top and Bottom of Polyhedron

4. Next, staple 10 plates together to make a chain

10 Plate Chain

10 Plate Chain

5. Connect both ends of chain to make middle section of Polyhedron

10 Plate Chain, connected end to end

10 Plate Chain, connected end to end

6. Staple top of Polyhedron to middle section, then staple bottom portion to middle section

Should look like this when completed (see below)

Top and Bottom Stapled to Middle Section

Top and Bottom Stapled to Middle Section

So simple, and yet makes such a great impact. (especially when you hang three side-by-side)
Now, for those who want to add a litte Ruff Flair, here comes the easy (but somewhat time consuming) part… I spent an hour total but, I was also taking photos at the same time :)
Fan Ruffles:
1. First cut (12) 18″ long strands of crepe paper
2. Fan-fold each strand, 3/8″-1/2″
3/8" - 1/2" Fan-Fold

3/8" - 1/2" Fan-Fold

3.  Open Fan-Fold, and tape both ends together, creating a loop
Taped Ends

Taped Ends

4.  Take loop and push in Fan-Folds towards the center to create circular Fan.
Pushing in Fan

Pushing in Fan

5.  Stick a piece of clear tape in center to keep edges together.  (I tape both front and back sides to secure edges)
6.  Finish all 12 Fan Ruffles.

7. Use double-sided tape and adhere each Fan Ruffle to all 12 corners of Polyhedron

Taping on Fan Ruffle

Taping on Fan Ruffle

Fan Ruffles Completed

Fan Ruffles Completed

8. Next use your 1 1/4″ cicular craft punch, and cut out 12 circles

Punching Patterned Paper

Punching Patterned Paper

9.  Tape each circle button to center of each Fan Ruffle (rolling clear tape to make “double-sided tape” works better for this part instead of actual double-sided tape).

Taping Circle Buttons to Fan Ruffles

Taping Circle Buttons to Fan Ruffles

10.  Tape all Circle Buttons onto the Fan Ruffles.

11. Punch a small hole at top, and run clear monofilament string (fishing line) through, and you are all done!

Completed "Ruff Style" Polyhedron

Completed "Ruff Style" Polyhedron

It doesn’t get much cuter than this!!!


We like to find inexpensive colored plates at dollar stores…

You can use party logos and tape to the centers as well….

You can also use the Fan Ruffle, with a party logo in the center, as a cupcake topper or other embellishments.

Just so you know… my 9-year old daughter, Brynne, stole this from me as soon as I was finished, and hung it to her bedroom chandelier!  (So apparently, these polyhedrons can also be used as bedroom decor) :)

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23 Responses to “Ruff Draft: DIY Polyhedrons with Fan Ruffle Embellishments”
  1. Yesi says:

    oh so pretty! thanks for sharing :) xo

  2. Such a creative use for paper plates! Genius! {Love the ‘Ruff flair’ too!}

  3. I am planning a sweet 16 and just love the colors used!

  4. mychal db perry says:

    THANK YOU so much!! I love these and will be doing these for both my boys parties! My next big question is- where do you find paper plates??

    • Maureen Anders says:

      Hi Mychal! Of course! We found our colored paper plates at the Dollar Store in our mall. Any store sells colored paper plates… any party store! 😉 We like using the smaller cake sized plates.

  5. Sunny says:

    These are sooooo cool. I love the idea. My son wants a Star Wars Birthday and these will work perfectly for the deathstar! You have helped me so much thanks for sharing.

  6. Christine says:

    Thanks so much! These are adorable, thinking I may use these for a 1st birthday party next month…thanks for the inspiration!

  7. pamm says:

    Shut the front door! This is just too cute. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Norma Campbell says:

    Love it! I made one for my son’s birthday party but realized if your folds are not the same on the plates when you staple it together it is kinda lopsided. Any helpful hints?

    • Maureen Anders says:

      Hi! Just try to make your folds as uniform as possible, and if you see that one fold is bigger, try to staple that to one that is also bigger. That worked for me 😉 Good luck! We’d love to see photos!

  9. tracy says:

    Wow! You are a genious! I absolutely love these!!!

  10. Christie says:

    Exactly what I was looking for!! THank you so much!! Great tutorial!!

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  12. Adriana says:

    Thanks for sharing, so easy and versatile. I am decorating my classroom, I teach math, and I figured these look pretty geometric so I may make a few in my color scheme.

  13. jessica says:

    I was looking at the bridesmade kit i was wondering if it was still avaible and the ruffel for the banner on the table was that done with ribbon and do the same rules apply


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