It’s been busy round here with Christmas preparations so I thought I would give you a couple quick and easy papercrafts to decorate your home that’s suitable for children to do too! We’re going to be making paper garlands and paper snowflakes today!
- Paper (I’ve just used coloured A4)
- (Optional) Sellotape – depends how long you want your garlands to be!
- (Optional) pencil to draw out design first
I used to love making these when I was little – I hope you enjoy making them too!
Step 1: Choose your colour and fold your A4 sheet in half lengthways and then open it out and cut along the fold so you have two strips.
Step 2: If you want to make a long chain, then I suggest cutting as many strips of paper as make it long enough for your purposes and sellotaping them together (securely!). As mine are intended for my mouse to play with, I won’t be using making them very long!
Step 3: Fold the strip of paper in half. Keep folding the paper in half until it is the size you want. I only folded mine three times and its size after folding is about 3.5cm by 10.5cm.
Step 4: Draw out your design if you’d like to. Remember that you have to have a join on the folds otherwise your chain will just fall apart (and that would be sad!). I’ve only drawn half the design on most of them (and only a quarter of a snowflake!) because I’d like it to be approximately symmetrical!
Step 5: Now its time to cut out your designs! (As you can see I didn’t cut out the middle holes on the snowflake as it was going to be too tricky!)
Step 6: Now unfold them and see what you created!
I thought this snowflake needed something extra, so I folded it back up again and did an extra cut:
I’m sure everyone spent some time as children making paper snowflakes – if you didn’t, then now is a perfect time to have a go!
You’ll want to start with a square of paper and then fold in half diagonally three times to make a triangle. Then just slits in sides. Make sure you don’t totally cut off a side otherwise it’ll always full apart!
Here are some examples of the cut triangle and what it turned into:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have made some nice things to decorate your home (or maybe your pets home – my mouse will be seeing some of these!)