How to Make Paper Girl Chains

A paper doll chain is a string of connected dolls cut from a single piece of paper. The dolls can be cut in different shapes including boy shapes, girl shapes and animal shapes. According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the longest paper doll chain measures 2,591 feet. It is actually composed of a series of 400 separate paper doll chains and was created by a 12-year-old boy in Lyon, France who spent six months on the project.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons (optional)
  • Material for decorating dolls (optional)


    • 1

      Start with a strip of plain paper or newsprint. The paper can be any length, but the longer it is, the longer you can make your paper doll chain. If the paper is especially tall, you may first wish to trim the paper so that is shorter.

    • 2

      Fold the paper in an accordion style. The width of each folded square will determine how wide your doll can be. To make more smaller dolls, fold your paper into smaller squares. For less, larger dolls fold into larger squares.

    • 3

      On the top square sketch out a girl shaped person. If working with young children, you may wish to first make a stencil that they can trace onto the paper. The girl shape can include an outline of long hair and a traditional skirt shape. You can be as creative as you like in your outline, but you must make sure the tips of the arms extend to the very end of the sides of the square. This is how your dolls will be connected when you cut out the shape.

    • 4

      Cut out the shape being careful not to cut through any of the folds where the arms are connected. Depending on the thickness of your paper, adults may need to help children in cutting out the dolls.

    • 5

      Unfold the cut out shape to reveal a chain of connected girl-shaped dolls. If you like you can use markers or crayons to decorate the dolls. You can also decorate the dolls using yarn, beads or fabric scraps.

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