Make a Pyramid Paperweight

A pyramid paperweight makes a great gift - at the bottom of the page there are some easy gift ideas that show you how to personalize your pyramid paperweight. You will find making paperweights easy with my free printable templates and step-by-step instructions.

My card craft ideas will show you how to make two different types of pyramid.

  • Pyramid template #1 has a triangular base and three triangular sides.
  • Pyramid template #2 has a square base and four triangular sides.
3 pyramid paperweights

Materials and Equipment

  • Template
  • Thin card
  • Scissors
  • Glue or double-sided sticky tape
  • A weight – this can be sand, gravel or a stone
  • Piece of a plastic bag for the weight

Pyramid Paperweight Templates

Download the template below by clicking on the thumbnail. All my templates are PDF files as they are easy to use and print.

You will need acrobat reader installed on your computer to view and print these templates. You can download it for free by clicking on the adobe reader button on the right.

paperweight template 1
paperweight template 2

Printing the Template

Most printers will allow you to print directly on to thin card. If you are using patterned card make sure that you print on the plain side. If your printer will only allow you to print on paper then there are a couple of different ways to transfer the template to card.

One way is to glue the paper template to the card you can use any type of glue suitable for paper. Spread the glue thinly across the card then lower the paper on top. Smooth out carefully removing any air bubbles. Make sure the glue is completely dry before cutting.

The other way will only work if you are printing a template that is easy to reproduce. Secure the paper to the card with tape, using a pencil and ruler if drawing straight lines, go over the lines on the template. Press hard enough to mark the card but not so hard you make holes in the paper.

Pyramid Paperweight Instructions

The instructions for making paperweights are the same for both templates, type #2 just has an extra tab.

paper weight tutorial step 1





Cut out the template that you want to use and score along the fold lines on the card.


paper weight tutorial step 2






Put your weight material into the plastic and tie tightly to secure.

paper weight tutorial step 3







Place your weight inside the pyramid.


paper weight tutorial step 4





Using either glue or double-sided sticky tape.

Stick tab #1 to side #2. Continue with the rest of the tabs.


Mia’s top tip



You can decorate your paper using one of our painting techniques.

It is easier to print the template directly on to your card first.

The printer may damage your paintwork, or if the paint is really thick you may damage your printer.

a red paperweight

Mia’s Craft Ideas

There are so many ways to finish your project to make it unique.

Choose one of my decorative printer paper designs.

Glue photos to each side then cut out thin card strips and fold along the middle, glue along each edge to frame the photos.

pyramid paperweights in blue and yellow

Glue on wool or string for a nice relief effect finish.

Use sticky ribbon for a quick and easy finish.

Cut out pictures from magazines and paint the paperweight to match the pictures. Grey roads for cars racing around the base. Blue with clouds or birds, green for flowers.

Mia’s Gift Ideas

Your paperweight would make a great gift, they look great on a desk and are useful too.

Cut out flowers from old cards or magazines or paint them on the sides for a special present for Mothers Day.

Does Dad always forget birthdays and anniversaries? Write special dates on each side such as anniversaries or kids birthdays. Makes a great gift for Fathers day.

3 different pyramid paperweights

Photo’s of the kids on each side would make a great present for doting Grandparents.

Drawings or photo’s of favourite cartoon characters, animals or sport make great presents for kids.

You could make a plain white one and add a selection of old cards, pictures, wool and ribbon for the crafty person to finish off themselves.

What would you like to do now?

Return to top of the Pyramid Paperweight where you can choose one of Mia’s craft ideas from the navigation bar on the left.

Go to Card Craft Ideas where you can choose another one of Mia’s card craft ideas.

Visit Mia’s Craft Ideas home page to find out more about our website and Mia’s free craft ideas.

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