Paper Doll Snowmen

Lesson #8319

Create easy borders by fan folding paper before cutting.

Grade Level:

Creative borders highlight bulletin boards and personalize classrooms. These borders transform into valuable teacher tools when used to teach concepts, tell stories or portray unique themes.

Use a "paper doll" fold to create a winter border.

17969-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Snowman, Country - Large

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Glue, Double-Sided Tape, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Start with a long strip of brown paper tall enough to cover the height of the Snowman Die shape that will be used to make the "paper doll" chain (Figure A).
  2. Accordion or fanfold the paper, keeping the folded edges of the paper inside two cutting edges of the die shape (Figure B).
  3. The material used will dictate how many layers can be cut. Lighter weight paper will cut more folds.
  4. Lay the folded paper on the rubber side of the LG Country Snowman die. The cutting blade should show on either side of the folded paper where the shapes will connect (Figure C).
  5. Place the die and paper, rubber side down, into the Ellison machine and cut.
  6. Open the folded paper. If the border/chain needs to be longer than the number of Snowmen cut, make another chain and glue the shape at the end of the first chain to the shape at the beginning of the second chain.
  7. Die-cut enough white LG Country Snowman for the border. Cut the stick arms off the Snowmen (Figure D).
  8. Cut narrow triangles from orange paper for the Snowman's nose. Adhere over the nose hole to form a "carrot" nose for each Snowman (Figure E). Lay them in different directions, if desired.
  9. Put a small strip of black paper behind the Snowman's "buttons" and "eyes." Glue or tape in place.
  10. Using coordinating colors of paper, die-cut two hats for each Snowman in the border using the LG Country Snowman Die.
  11. Cut a hat for each Snowman along the perforated line above the Snowman's eyes. Adhere each hat to a Snowman.
  12. Using a coordinating hat, trim along the perforated line above the "hat brim" and cut the "pom pom" off. Adhere this center piece to the hat on each Snowman (Figure F).
  13. Snowmen can now form a winter border for the classroom; be used to list adjectives for winter; or table top decorations.

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

  • Figure D

  • Figure E

  • Figure F

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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