How to Make Paper People Cut Outs

If you've got scissors, paper and a pencil, making paper people cut outs is as easy as fold, draw and cut. Have fun experimenting with various silhouettes, sizes and paper color.

Create paper people cut outs in various silhouettes.
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Things You'll Need

Supplies for the project
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  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper or tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Step 1: Fold the Paper in Half

Fold the paper in half.
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Start by folding a piece of paper horizontally in half so the seam is at the bottom.

Step 2: Fold the Top Half Down

Fold down the top of the paper to the bottom seam.
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Take the top half of the paper and fold it down so the top edge meets the bottom seam. Leave the bottom half of paper unfolded.

Step 3: Flip the Paper and Fold Again

Turn the paper over and fold again.
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Flip entire paper over and fold the remaining half of the paper down so the top edge meets the bottom seam, just like you did in step 2.

Step 4: Ensure You Have an Accordion Fold

Accordion folded paper
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The entire piece should be in a horizontal accordion fold when finished.

Step 5: Cut the Paper Strip in Half

Cut the paper strip in half.
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Snip the accordion-folded paper strip in half with scissors.

Step 6: Draw a Doll Silhouette

Draw a doll silhouette on one of the paper halves.
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On one of the paper halves, draw a simple doll silhouette using a pencil. Fill up the entire surface making sure the edges of the hands touch the edges of the paper. This is so your dolls will link together when cut.

Tip: You can crop and print this photo so the doll measures 2 3/4-by-4 1/4 inches. Cut the doll out and use as a template.

Step 7: Cut Out the Doll

Cut out the doll.
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Using scissors, carefully cut out the doll silhouette, making sure the hands stay intact with the edges of the paper. On the remaining paper strip, draw another silhouette and cut out, keeping the doll's hands intact at the edges.

Step 8: Unfold the Paper

Finished paper people cut outs
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Unfold both paper strips to reveal two chains of paper people.