Paper Doll Chain

Did you ever make paper dolls when you were a kid (or maybe you still make them!)? To bring this easy project to life, all you need is thin paper and scissors (well, a pencil too, but who's really counting?).

  1. Ages: 5 - 11

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    In the same spirit as making paper snowflakes, the fun in this project lies in how unique each string of paper dolls can be. I started by cutting a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper into two long strips (4.25" x 11" or 10.8 x 27.9 cm each). I folded one long strip in half two times, and then in thirds (for a total of four folds). I drew half a doll on the folded edge of the paper. Be sure that the ends of the hands and feet touch this folded edge, or the chain will fall apart.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Cut it out. This is a great fine motor skill exercise for little hands. My three-year-old has been using scissors for ages and has become comfortable with grown-up scissors. (Use your best judgment when using sharp tools with children!)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Now the fun part: Pull the chain apart!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    Once you've made one, you'll probably want to make a few. After you've cut your chains out, tape or glue a few strings together to make a garland, tape one strand to itself (above) to make a circle of friends, or draw on your dolls with markers.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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