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Paper Border

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Paper doll chains are fun to make, and they can be used as a border on any plain wall in your home.

Generations of children have enjoyed making paper-doll chains. Your child can use this technique to make a border for his bedroom, the mantel, or a plain wall in your home.


  • Large sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, or paint


  1. Cut a strip of paper about 36 inches long and 6 inches wide.
  2. Fold the strip of paper accordion style, making each panel about 3 inches wide.
  3. Have your child draw a simple figure on the top panel. Make sure part of the figure touches the fold on each side.
  4. Carefully cut out the figure, making sure not to cut along the folds.
  5. Let your child unfold the chain of figures and decorate it with crayons, markers, or paint.