Kirigami People Folding Patterns

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Teach concepts of symmetry with these half-folding people patterns. Santa Claus and Christmas elves. Make your own paper people patterns into paper dolls. Perfect for any day activities and party decorations. Making paper dolls is an easy and fun craft for kids. Paper humans can be made using materials you already have on hand. A fun and easy craft for any age all you need is card-stock scrap booking paper cut to 8 1/2 X 11. Decorate your dollies with colorful crayons and markers. cut out paper clothing to dress the dolls, build a doll house out of shoe boxes.

Place paper dolls in gift baskets of cookies, brownies and other sweet tidbits and give to friends and family.

Supplies Necessary to Make Paper Characters

  • Colorful construction paper
  • Recycled paper
  • Paper plates
  • Paper tubes
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Pencil or pen
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Paper was invented in China during the Eastern Han Dynasty era around 105 A.D. Ever since, people have practiced the popular art of creating "zhezhi" objects by folding sheets of paper for ceremonial purposes. Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan in the 6th century. Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. The earliest known object created by folding paper is a small paper boat. Chinese funerals traditionally include folded paper items to be burned during the ceremony. Japanese custom for Shinto weddings is to provide origami butterflies to represent the bride and groom.

The difference between Origami and Kirigami.

  • Kirigami: Japanese; Kiru means "to cut" and gami means "paper.".
  • Origami: Japanese; oru means "to fold", and gami means "paper."

Ordinary sheets of paper can be folded and cut into ships, animals, and flowers. Great, educational fun for children. All you need to get started is a pair of scissors, a piece of paper, a Scissor Craft pattern, a few quick folds, and voilä  you've got an envelope, a basket or a wild african elephant.

Materials to Have Available:

  • Plain or colored paper or colored foam sheets
  • Child-sized scissors
  • Colored markers or Crayola crayons
  • Glitter glue
  • foam sheets for soft ornaments