Making paper-chain people is a fun and creative project for children and adults alike. A decorated paper- chain link of people offers a great way to discuss diversity and unity with children. And when the project is completed, you will have a beautiful decoration to hang on a wall or adorn a festive tree or other holiday symbol.
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Things you need
- Paper (8½ X 11 or 8½ X 14) several pieces
- Coloured pens, markers or pencils
- Additional decorations (optional)
- Glue (optional)
First you need to create a template of the person shape. To do this, measure a rectangle 4¼ inches high and 2¾ inches wide on one of the pieces of paper. Then draw a stick figure with the arms and legs stretched out inside this rectangle shape. Make sure the rounded top of the head touches the top of the rectangle, the ends of the arms touch the sides and the bottom of the legs touch the bottom.
Trace around the outline of the stick figure so that the limbs are approximately ½ inch wide.
Cut out the template.
Cut the pieces of paper in half perpendicularly.
Turn the pieces horizontally and tape the short ends of your papers together. Slightly overlap the edges. When your long strips are taped together, turn it over and tape the seams again.
Fold the long strip of paper accordion style every 2¾ inches.
Lay the template over the accordion stack. Make sure the arms are flush with the sides and the top of the head and bottom of the legs are flush with the top and bottom of your folded stack respectively.
Trace around the template with a pencil.
Cut the stack along your lines. Be careful not to cut the folded edges. You will cut around the head, into the neckline, between the arms and torso and between the legs.
When you are finished cutting, unfold the paper and you will have a paper-chain link of people!
Finally, decorate the people with the coloured markers. You can add more elaborate decorations with felt, yarn, buttons, cotton balls and many other craft items.
Tips and warnings
- If you feel confident in your drawing skills, you can skip the template and draw directly on your accordion-stacked paper. You can also decorate your people to look like members of your family or like people from different cultures.
- Be careful when you cut the folded paper that you do not cut the folds as this will break the chain.
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