Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gingerbread Man Paper Chain

Remember making paper doll chains? Well, for the holiday season I made some "Gingerbread Man" chains out of brown paper to decorate our front door. Here's how you do it.

What You Need:
  • brown paper, about a 5" wide strip cut off from a roll of brown packaging paper.
  • scissors
  • red and silver glitter glue
  • black marker

What You Do:
  • Accordion fold the strip of brown paper all the way from one end to the other making a fold every 2.75 inches or so.*
  • On the front of your "book" draw your ginerbread man, making sure the arms reach all the way to the left and right edges.

  • Cut him out, through all the layers. making sure NOT to cut out around the hands. Every other body part should be cut around.
  • Open up your book. You should have a continuous chain of a dozen (or so) of gingerbread men.
  • Decorate with glitter glue buttons and "icing" and black marker faces.
  • Hang 'em up!

*Hint: If you cut your paper from a roll, you might want to weight and flatten your folded paper strip in a heavy book overnight before you cut your men so that they lie flat. Otherwise you can always tape them to your wall.

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