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Cut Paper Decorative Garland
July 7th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Turn some old art works into a new garland with this handy paper craft for children.

finger-paint-print I was having a look through some of the children’s old artworks, they were artworks that were done purely for the fun of the process but even so, I have not been able to throw them away. They were created when we were having fun crafting up some finger and cotton buds prints. The paint was spread on a plastic sheet and the pattern made using cotton buds, then some paper was laid on the top and a print taken.

The first garland was made by folding the paper so the picture was on the inside. The only reason the picture needs to be on the inside is so you can rule lines on the other side to guide your cutting.

garland1

Once you have ruled the lines, about a thumb width in from each side, alternate cutting from each side up to the ruled line.

garland2

garland3 Then you carefully pull open the paper to create the loopy garland.

We found that the loopy garland tangled a bit and did not open smoothly all the way – it could just be that I rushed it, but if something does not work the first time I am not so keen on it. So I made another version. You only need a piece of paper that is about half length-ways of some photocopy paper. I wanted the design on both sides, so I folded another cotton bud print in half with the pattern on the outside, and glued it together.

garland-b2

Then I cut it in the same way as the loopy one, alternating the cut from each side.

garland-b3 This time it opened really easily – perhaps not as impressive as the loopy version but a lot more reliable as a paper craft for children to do.

I remember doing this cutting version when I was at school on an end day of term day when we had lots of fun activities. The challenge was to see who could cut their paper so it was the longest. So it is a great group activity for any gathering of children.

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