How to Make a Chair Out of Paper Cutouts

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How to Make a Chair Out of Paper Cutouts
Draw specific shapes on a paper square to create a chair cutout. (grunge paper pale paper image by Andrew Brown from

Crafting motifs out of card stock or paper are created by cutting along specifically measured drawn lines. Shapes are built into a paper graph and cut out. The existing lines are used as folding pattern lines, turning the paper cutout into objects such as furniture. Paper chairs are made by drawing measured rectangle shapes and folding along specific lines. Implementing decorative patterned or textured paper as well as drawing motifs or letters onto the paper customise the cutout into a home decor item.

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Things you need

  • Card stock or thick decorative paper (6 by 6 inches)
  • Graph ruler
  • Sharp paper scissors

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  1. 1

    Use a 6-inch square of card stock or thick decorative paper to ensure the chair stands when cut out and folded. If you are working with patterned paper, make sure the pattern is facing up.

  2. 2

    Draw two 6-inch vertical lines 2 inches away from the left and right side of the square with a graph ruler.

  3. 3

    Position the ruler horizontally on the square's bottom left corner.

  4. 4

    Draw a horizontal line 1 inch wide by 2 inches long. The horizontal line meets with the vertical line, forming a rectangle shape. Repeat steps 3 and 4 at the square's bottom right corner. Two rectangle shapes appear at each bottom corner.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 4 by drawing another rectangle shape 1 inch away from the bottom left rectangle shape. Repeat on the right side. The rectangles are the chair's legs. The vertical line is the fold line for the chair's legs.

  6. 6

    Cut away the upper left and right boxes formed by the drawn lines with sharp paper scissors.

  7. 7

    Cut away the box shape in between the two rectangle shapes. You will have two rectangle extensions on each side of one vertical rectangle.

  8. 8

    Fold the rectangle extensions on each side of the vertical box to the back of the square. The pattern is facing up. Crease the fold. Open the fold and stand the legs on your work surface. You will have an extension without legs. This is the chair's back.

  9. 9

    Fold the vertical extension forward and crease the fold. Stand the chair to complete.

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