Methods to Construct a Geodesic Dome

How to Build a Geodesic Dome

You are running towards you cold, dark days full of nothing to do, meaning now is the perfect time to spend those hours building your own geodesic dome to hide in, play – in the.

This dome is an elegant structure that lets you adapt from Nomad Press’ “Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself” by Lazlo C. Bardos Channel your inner Walther Bauersfeld while you build with the newspaper you are reading.

When you toss a leaf over it, you have a perfect hiding place for hours of gaming or much-needed time alone.

  • Full double-sided newspaper sheets

  • Bamboo or metal skewer if you have one

  • Strong tape, preferably tape or gaffer tape

  • scissors

Step 1

Roll a double-sided sheet of newspaper around a skewer from corner to corner to make a firm roll. After a few turns, remove the skewer and continue rolling as tightly as possible.

step 2

Once rolled all the way, glue the remaining flap in place. This is your first pursuit. You will need to make a total of 65 struts of two lengths: 35 for 21 inches long and 30 for 18 1/2 inches. Before cutting, your brace is about 30 inches.

step 3

Once all 65 struts are rolled, cut them to the lengths required. As you trim, cut off each end to make sure you are using the strongest midsection of the brace.

Step 4

Place 10 of the long braces with touching ends on the floor to form a decagon.

Step 5

In the decagon, use two short struts to form a triangle with one of the longer struts in the perimeter as the base.

Step 6

Now use two long braces to create a triangle next to it in the same way. Repeat the alternating pattern of the small and large triangles all around.

Step 7

Glue the ends together where the struts meet, creating connections.

Step 8

Glue 10 short struts onto the triangle tops and form another decagon. If you’re adding a round of braces, secure them with tape.

When your structure goes up it can be shaky. Don’t worry, it will be weak until the last piece is added.

Step 9

Place a short strut inward at every other connection (five total).

Step 10

Use long struts to connect the base of the innermost decagon to the tips of the small struts you just added, creating a star pattern.

Step 11

Use five long braces to join the bases of the triangles you just created to form a smaller pentagon.

Step 12

Finally, place a short brace on each inward-facing connection and secure the ends in the middle. Get in and enjoy.