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Some childhood memories just refuse to fade. And paper folding is definitely one of them. Creating a boat or an airplane from a page torn from a notebook used to be a simple pleasure of life for so many of us. Daniel and Nina at MapScaping are no different. So they thought: how about we make those memories all the more sweet by fusing it with the one thing we are so passionate about now – maps!


Notice how they didn’t stop at just one shape. There are 12 different ready-to-fold and assemble 3D globes – each conjuring into a shape more awesome than the other.

Here’s a fun fact: These paper globes have been created using real topographic data. Which means if you fold it up just right, you will get a geographically accurate globe. We can almost envision the smiles this activity is going to bring to a geography teacher’s classroom. 

But, of course, these 3D paper globes are not just a great teaching resource. Geogeeks can turn them into a fun family project or use them as a part of GIS Day (November 14) celebrations. They can also be used as a decoration item for home or office, or to gift to someone who loves to travel.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to Folding Paper Globes page on MapScaping and click on the image you like
  • You will redirected to printable a PDF file of that image
  • Take a colored printout on size A3 paper. (A4 works too, but it isn’t as much fun – especially with, well, big fingers)
  • You will find that each fold has been marked with a thin black line
  • That’s it. Get folding!

Pro tip: For more complicated designs, you can use a ruler to make sure you are getting a clean and precise fold.

And if you know someone who is as passionate about geography and maps as we are, spread some love by sharing this post with them. 

About the Author
I'm Daniel O'Donohue, the voice and creator behind The MapScaping Podcast ( A podcast for the geospatial community ). With a professional background as a geospatial specialist, I've spent years harnessing the power of spatial to unravel the complexities of our world, one layer at a time.