3D Pagoda – Architecture Cut File

With summer fast approaching, everyone seems to be getting the urge to travel. So, take a trip with me to the mountainous and serene island nation of Japan. Let’s make a picturesque 3D pagoda papercraft (try saying that three times fast)!

3D Pagoda

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3D Pagoda

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3D Pagoda

Learn how to assemble this serene Japanese pagoda papercraft.

Materials

Instructions

  • Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces for your 3D pagoda.
    Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don't forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you're having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.

Layering Your Pieces

  • Start by lining the interior of your windows with your vellum pieces. Then, glue the decorative black pieces to the outside of the walls.
    Fold each piece along the score lines. Use the end tabs provided to glue two wall sections together and form a square. Repeat two more times.
    Note: Be sure to connect the two pieces with the doors together. This will form the bottom level of the pagoda.

Assembling the Roof Sections

  • Take your two, large middle roof sections. Attach the fourth, angled side to the flat edge using the tab provided. Repeat with the other identical roof section.
    Flip the two sections over and glue the decorative blue panels to the four angled sides.
    Gather the pieces of your top roof section. One triangle is already attached to the square roof base. Take the other three and use the tabs to attach them to the remaining three sides.
    Flip the whole thing over and glue the decorative blue panels to the four triangular sides.

Assembling the Base & Trees

  • Take your large base piece and the two, long rectangular strips that go with it. Use the long tabs provided to attach the two trips to the sides of the base that don't have a score line.
    Next, fold each of the sides inward and glue the little tabs to the adjacent walls.
    The smaller base piece is assembled in much the same way, but there are no extra sides to attach before folding.
    Gather the floral tree pieces and attach them to the trees like so.
    Note: There are floral pieces for both the front and back sides of the trees.

Assembling the Structure

  • Take your top roof section and fold along the score lines.
    Next, take one of the wall sections and use the tabs/slits provided to insert and attach it to the roof.
    Then, glue the four sections of the roof together using the tabs in the center and by pinching/gluing the curved points together.
    (I accidentally glue my roof together before attaching the wall section to the underside. Learn from my mistakes and be sure to attach that before closing up the roof!)
  • Next, take your two balcony sections and fold along the score lines. Fold the sides inward and use the tabs to connect each of the railings together.
    There are four, light blue pieces with tabs and curved ends. Take two of them and create an 'X' (crossbeams), as shown in the second photo.
    Take your crossbeams and attach them to the underside of one of the balcony sections using the tabs and angled slits provided. Repeat with the second balcony section and crossbeams.
    Once those are assembled, take one of your balcony/crossbeam sections and attach it to the underside of the wall/roof that you assembled previously.
  • Take one of the other wall sections and attach it to one of the remaining roof pieces using the tabs/slits provided.
    Then, carefully attach it to the crossbeams on the underside of the top level of the pagoda. Fold the angled sides of the roof inward and use hot glue to attach the long tabs to the underside of the balcony section above it. The curved ends of the crossbeams should poke out of each corner.
    Attach the second balcony section to the underside of that wall. Then, repeat the same process with the last roof and bottom level of the pagoda.
  • Take the four, small beam pieces and fold along the score lines. Fold the tabs on one side of the beams inward and attach them to the four corners of the underside of the bottom roof.
    Attach the pagoda structure to the smaller base section by carefully slipping all of the tabs into the corresponding slits and gluing them down. Then, attach the smaller base on top of the larger base section.
    Finally, arrange your rocks and trees all around the structure, gluing them to the sides of the base wherever you would like. Your pagoda is complete!

Notes

When assembled, this project is about 10.75" high and 8.5" wide.

View the full-size photo tutorial below.

Supplies

How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces for your 3D pagoda.

Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.

 

Layering Your Pieces

2. Start by lining the interior of your windows with your vellum pieces. Then, glue the decorative black pieces to the outside of the walls.

Fold each piece along the score lines. Use the end tabs provided to glue two wall sections together and form a square. Repeat two more times.

Note: Be sure to connect the two pieces with the doors together. This will form the bottom level of the pagoda.

 

Assembling the Roof Sections

3. Take your two, large middle roof sections. Attach the fourth, angled side to the flat edge using the tab provided. Repeat with the other identical roof section.

Flip the two sections over and glue the decorative blue panels to the four angled sides.

Gather the pieces of your top roof section. One triangle is already attached to the square roof base. Take the other three and use the tabs to attach them to the remaining three sides.

Flip the whole thing over and glue the decorative blue panels to the four triangular sides.

 

Assembling the Base & Trees

4. Take your large base piece and the two, long rectangular strips that go with it. Use the long tabs provided to attach the two trips to the sides of the base that don’t have a score line.

Next, fold each of the sides inward and glue the little tabs to the adjacent walls.

The smaller base piece is assembled in much the same way, but there are no extra sides to attach before folding.

Gather the floral tree pieces and attach them to the trees like so.

Note: There are floral pieces for both the front and back sides of the trees.

 

Assembling the Structure

5. Take your top roof section and fold along the score lines.

Next, take one of the wall sections and use the tabs/slits provided to insert and attach it to the roof.

Then, glue the four sections of the roof together using the tabs in the center and by pinching/gluing the curved points together.

(I accidentally glue my roof together before attaching the wall section to the underside. Learn from my mistakes and be sure to attach that before closing up the roof!)

6. Next, take your two balcony sections and fold along the score lines. Fold the sides inward and use the tabs to connect each of the railings together.

There are four, light blue pieces with tabs and curved ends. Take two of them and create an ‘X’ (crossbeams), as shown in the second photo.

Take your crossbeams and attach them to the underside of one of the balcony sections using the tabs and angled slits provided. Repeat with the second balcony section and crossbeams.

Once those are assembled, take one of your balcony/crossbeam sections and attach it to the underside of the wall/roof that you assembled previously.

7. Take one of the other wall sections and attach it to one of the remaining roof pieces using the tabs/slits provided.

Then, carefully attach it to the crossbeams on the underside of the top level of the pagoda. Fold the angled sides of the roof inward and use hot glue to attach the long tabs to the underside of the balcony section above it. The curved ends of the crossbeams should poke out of each corner.

Attach the second balcony section to the underside of that wall. Then, repeat the same process with the last roof and bottom level of the pagoda.

8. Take the four, small beam pieces and fold along the score lines. Fold the tabs on one side of the beams inward and attach them to the four corners of the underside of the bottom roof.

Attach the pagoda structure to the smaller base section by carefully slipping all of the tabs into the corresponding slits and gluing them down. Then, attach the smaller base on top of the larger base section.

Finally, arrange your rocks and trees all around the structure, gluing them to the sides of the base wherever you would like. Your 3D pagoda is complete!

There is a fair amount of pieces included in this design, but the overall symmetry makes it fairly simple to put together. The trick is just to work from top to bottom!

I am really pleased with how this project came out. When this design idea was suggested I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this beautiful architectural style justice, but I am quite happy with the solutions I was able to come up with. And, once the structural components were designed, I just knew that I had to include a couple of bonsai trees to go with it.

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I use Adobe Illustrator for all my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!

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6 Comments

6 Comments on 3D Pagoda – Architecture Cut File

  1. Helen J Roberts
    May 13, 2024 at 9:43 am (2 months ago)

    5 stars
    What a perfect project for Summer. I plan on cutting a hole in the bottom to place a tea light inside! Thank you, Miss Mandy, for sharing this beautiful file.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      May 16, 2024 at 8:52 am (2 months ago)

      Yay! have fun making it!! I had meant to include a hole for a tealight, but by the time I finished this design my brain must have been fried, haha.

      Reply
  2. Sevelina
    May 14, 2024 at 9:10 am (2 months ago)

    Miss Mandee would you kindly make a video tutorial on how to make your own 3d projects . I’d really love it
    Thanks so much for all these beautiful designs you bless us with .
    You’re so kind
    Love you 😘

    Reply
    • Mandee
      May 16, 2024 at 8:56 am (2 months ago)

      I do have some video tutorials for assembling my projects on YouTube. I haven’t created one for this project yet, though. I do plan to share a short assembly video on Instagram soon!

      Reply
  3. Jen
    June 17, 2024 at 8:44 am (1 month ago)

    Oh my goodness! I have the perfect person to make this for. We’ve been neighbors for over 20 years and we both have the same last name, but we have yet to find an actual relative that connects us. We’ve decided to adopt each other. LOL . Anyway, He lived in Japan for a couple of years.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      June 20, 2024 at 10:55 am (4 weeks ago)

      I love that! I’m so glad that this project made you think of your friend. I hope he likes it!! 💕

      Reply

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