How to Make Paper People Cut Outs

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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.
Create paper people cut outs in various silhouettes. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Things You'll Need

  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper or tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
Supplies for the project
Supplies for the project (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 1: Fold the Paper in Half

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

Fold the paper in half.
Fold the paper in half. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 2: Fold the Top Half Down

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.

Fold down the top of the paper to the bottom seam.
Fold down the top of the paper to the bottom seam. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 3: Flip the Paper and Fold Again

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.

Turn the paper over and fold again.
Turn the paper over and fold again. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 4: Ensure You Have an Accordion Fold

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

Accordion folded paper
Accordion folded paper (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 5: Cut the Paper Strip in Half

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

Cut the paper strip in half.
Cut the paper strip in half. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 6: Draw a Doll Silhouette

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.

Draw a doll silhouette on one of the paper halves.
Draw a doll silhouette on one of the paper halves. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 7: Cut Out the Doll

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.

Cut out the doll.
Cut out the doll. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 8: Unfold the Paper

Unfold both paper strips to reveal two chains of paper people.

Finished paper people cut outs
Finished paper people cut outs (Image: Jessica Begum)
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