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Maker Monday: Paper People

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Sally Quinn
October08/ 2018

Maker Monday plays with paper this week to create Paper People.

Molly Kilbridge, manager of community and family learning at The Frick Pittsburgh, shared this project that connects to a new exhibition opening on Oct. 13. “Fashioning Art From Paper,” will showcase the life-size paper dresses created by artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.

Little artists at home can create their own paper dolls, and maybe even make enough for their own mini-paper doll exhibition!

Kids can explore more paper-based fun at free exhibit-related events at the Frick. On Oct. 20, families will be inspired to create with origami during a paper artist stand-up show called Cirque du Papier. Registration required. Paper Explosion, a drop-in Second Saturday program, is planned for Nov. 10.

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Supplies:

Colorful or patterned paper (Don’t have patterned paper? You can make your own with white paper and markers.)

Glue stick

Scissors

Tape

Markers

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Start with a full sheet of paper. Cut the paper in half.

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Fold the paper like an accordion until the whole sheet is folded.

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Next, fold the folded paper in half and glue together in the middle.

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Using a slightly smaller piece of paper follow the first step and fold like an accordion.

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After folding the smaller paper, fold this piece in half and glue to the other folded paper.

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Now you are ready to add the head. Put a piece of tape around the top to ensure it sticks. Cut out a round shape from a new piece of paper. Using a marker, decorate the face however you would like.

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After attaching the head to the body, the last step is to add some hair. Fold a small piece of paper around the head and glue to keep in place.

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If you like, you can attach the string to hang your paper person from a special place in your home. Or make a whole family of these dolls to string across a window.

For more Maker Monday projects and other fun stuff for kids, visit the Kidsburgh Activities page.

Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn is an award-winning writer and editor who has been covering her favorite city for more than 20 years. She welcomes comments and story ideas for Kidsburgh.

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