All Saints’ day is just around the corner! As my kids get older, sometimes they like to do crafty things that are a little more open ended then the in-the-can type of stuff I used to do when they were small. As a result, you will start seeing more open ended crafting here. These paper chain Saint dolls are a perfect example!
Lydia wanted to make decorations for All Saints’ day, and I thought of this one on the fly. These are simple paper chain dolls that have been decorated as Saints that she chose.
Supplies Needed For Paper Doll Chain Saint Craft:
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Pictures of Saints for inspiration (holy cards, children’s Saints books, print outs, etc)
- Gingerbread cookie cutters (will make your life easier)
Start by folding your paper accordion style, back and forth. A normal piece of computer paper will fold twice, making space for 3 Saints. You can tape several of these together to make a long chain. If you have any of that seriously old computer paper laying around that’s connected to each other, this is the perfect time to pull it out. Then you can make really long chains like us!
Once you have it folded, lay your gingerbread man cookie cutter on top of it, and trace around him with a pencil. Make sure that his hands are hanging off the end of the paper! That’s what makes them all connected in the end!
We used a gingerbread man for some, and our gingerbread woman for others, but this is the general idea.
For your gingerbread women, you want to draw a line filling in their neck. This space allows for either hair, or a veil when you’re coloring them.
The one in the picture above was folded to have them in a circle rather than a chain. You do this by folding the piece of paper in quarters, then bringing the 2 edges together to fold it into a triangle. This is just like you would fold a piece of paper to cut a paper snowflake. You can find more detailed directions for this here.
Cut them out on the lines, remembering not to cut their hands apart.
Once you have them cut out, open them up to reveal a super fun string of Saints, just waiting to be discovered!
Give your kids crayons or colored pencils, and some Saints pictures as inspiration. Let them go for it!
My kids had a great time picking out Saints and coloring them! Lydia mostly got her inspiration from our stand-up Alphabet Saints.
Even I had a great time coloring in some Saints!
And Julian held down the fort for coloring boy Saints!
Lydia was so proud of her completed Saint chain!
It’s really awesome to watch the kids get bigger, and do more independent things. The coolest part is when I walked by Lydia’s bedroom later that day, and saw that she hung the Saints on the door all by herself.
(Btw, Lydia and Anabelle share a room, hence the photo bomb from Anabelle)