How to Make a Pyramid Out of Household Items

    by Natasha Wright

    About the Author

    Natasha Wright began writing professionally in 2000. She has been published in the literary magazine, "The Page" and in the Web-based magazine, "The North Coast Review," among other online publications. She holds an Associate of Arts in psychology from Lorain County Community College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Cleveland State University.


    A 3-D pyramid can be made of anything because the shape itself is what makes a pyramid a pyramid. The key is to engineering the perfect pyramid is getting the polygonal base right. If you're making a pyramid for school or just constructing one for an art project, use your imagination when coming up with the materials. Make a pyramid out of household items, including cans or boxes. Square items of a similar size are ideal for this project.

    Things You'll Need

    • Cardboard sheet
    • Glue, optional
    • 55 identical square items
    • Ruler
    • Marker

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    Spread the cardboard sheet on a clean, flat surface and find the center of the cardboard by measuring the distance from one edge to the opposite edge and dividing by two. Do this for both the vertical and the horizontal edges. Once you have found the center, mark it with a small dot.

    Take four of the identical items you have chosen and set them on the cardboard sheet so that a corner of each of the items is touching the dot in the middle.

    Add more of the identical squares to the original four so that you have a five-by-five square.

    Arrange 16 more of the items on top of the 25 that layered below so they form a four-by-four item square on top of the five-by-five square. Glue the items in place.

    Continue adding items to make a layer of three-by-three items on top of the last four-by-four square, followed by a two-by-two square and topped by the one remaining item.

    • Glue the items together as you lay them if you want a permanent pyramid.

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