How to make paper icicles

Written by stephen byron cooper | 13/05/2017
How to make paper icicles
You can recycle wrapping paper from gifts you receive to make paper icicles. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Making paper icicles is very similar to making a paper chain. You will probably remember, as a child, folding and folding a piece of paper and cutting out one half of a man and when you folded the paper out you ended up with a line of men. Creating paper icicles follows the same principles.

Choose a shiny wrapping paper with an icey feel – silver, white or light blue would work best. However, do not use a paper with a very light cream or white colour.

Lay the wrapping paper on its face. Measure along the long side of the paper with the ruler and mark it with the pencil at 4cm (about 1.5 inches) along the top of the paper. Do the same along the bottom of the paper.

Fold the paper in a concertina, with each crease connecting the top and bottom marks you made on the paper. Make sure that the first bend leaves the back of the paper on the outside. You will now have a thick wad of paper which is long and narrow.

Measure 3 cm (about 1.2 inches) from the top of the paper on the left side and measure 3 cm (about 1.2 inches) up from the bottom of the paper on the right side. Draw a straight line between these two points.

Place the wad of paper on a wood block, cutting board or other surface that is not sensitive to damage. Do not lay the paper on the dining table. Squeeze the paper flat and score along the line with the Stanley knife, ensuring that you cut through all the layers of paper. You now have two triangles of paper. Pick up each and fold it out to see the row of icicles.

Join the two pieces together with sticky tape on the back to get a longer row. The 3 cm you measured from the top and bottom connects the icicles together and this can be used to stick the row around a window or along the mantelpiece. Cut more sheets of wrapping paper to get a longer length of icicles.

Things you need

  • Wrapping paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Stanley knife
  • Wood block

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