How to make paper cut out chains of people

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How to make paper cut out chains of people
Make large or small paper cut out chains of people to decorate your home or fill your child's bedroom. (child`s hand do paper chain image by AGphotographer from

Paper cut out chains of people can be useful for decorating at the holidays or as a way to fill an afternoon on a rainy day. Help your kids learn how to cut out paper doll chains and then they can decorate them for a variety of seasons and purposes. Once you learn the basic formula you can even experiment with unique shapes and styles for your paper cut out chains of people.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut a standard size sheet of paper (8.5 by 11 inches) in half lengthwise so that it measures approximately 4.25 by 11 inches.

  2. 2

    Accordion fold the paper into sections that are approximately 4.25 inches tall and 3 inches wide.

  3. 3

    Draw the basic outline of a person onto the top sheet. Make sure that both of the person's arms and legs reach out to the folded sides, with at least 1/2 inch of each arm and leg meeting up on the fold.

  4. 4

    Cut out the shape of the person, cutting through all of the layers of paper. Make sure not to cut between the hands and feet of one person to the next; leaving these portions uncut on the fold is how you connect one cut out person to the next.

  5. 5

    Unfold your paper people and decorate them any way you like.

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