How to Make Paper Cut Out Chains of People

    by Jessica Cook

    About the Author

    Jessica Cook has been writing since high school when she wrote for and During college she wrote for her university's e-zine, department newsletter and an education journal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio Northern University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University and an Educational Specialist's degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University.


    Paper cut-out chains of people can be useful for decorating at the holidays or as a way to fill an afternoon on a rainy day. Help your child learn how to cut out paper doll chains and then have her decorate them for a variety of seasons and purposes. Once you learn the basic formula you can even experiment with unique shapes and styles for one-of-a-kind seasonal and everyday decorations.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paper (8 1/2- by 11-inch)
    • Scissors

    Cut a standard size sheet of paper in half lengthwise so that it measures approximately 4 1/2 by 11 inches.

    Fold the paper accordion-style into sections that are approximately 4 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide.

    Draw the basic outline of a person onto the top sheet. Make sure that both of the person's arms and legs reach out to the folded sides, with at least 1/2-inch of each arm and leg meeting up on the fold.

    Cut out the shape of the person, cutting through all of the layers of paper. Do not cut between the hands and feet of one person to the next; leaving these portions uncut on the fold is how you connect one cut-out person to the next.

    Unfold your paper people and decorate them any way you like.

    • You can make the chain longer by using longer paper or joining sections of paper cut-outs together with tape or glue.