Creating these classic 3-D paper crafts will keep your children happily entertained for hours. They are easy and cheap to make so children can use their imaginations and create as many as they’d like. The adults in the family may want to join in the fun and make a few of these 3-D paper crafts, too.
3-D Paper Crafts for Children #1 – Paper Newspaper Hats
My sisters and I used to make these fun newspaper hats for ourselves, the dogs, and our dolls and parade around. First, get a double-page newspaper. Fold the newspaper in half with the open side facing downwards. To form the hat’s peak fold the upper corners in to the middle of the page. The brim is made by folding the long edges of the newspaper up to the bottom of the peak. Fold again and crease the paper. Fold one side, flip the hat over and do the other side. Staple ends to hold the brim in place.
3-D Paper Crafts for Children #2 – Paper Pinwheels
Paper pinwheels are a fun toy for children to make that can be made in any size. Cut a square out of sturdy construction or cardstock paper. On the back side of the paper draw a diagonal line from each corner so you have an X on the paper. Cut each corner about half the distance to the center of the X. Next, take a straight pin and insert it into one corner of each section, working clockwise. To finish, push the straight pin into the eraser of a pencil.
3-D Paper Crafts for Children #3 – Paper Chains
Children love making these easy 3-D paper crafts. They can be used as decorations for holidays, birthdays, or for children’s bedrooms. Just cut construction paper or cardstock into strips. The length and width of the strips are up to you. Form a circle and staple. Loop the next chain link through the first paper circle and staple. Continue until your paper chain is the length you’d like. If you don’t want children using a stapler they can glue or tape each link.
3-D Paper Crafts for Children #4 – Paper Doll Chains
I can still remember how proud I was when I made my first paper doll chain without it falling to pieces! Your children can make doll chains in any size. Butcher, wrapping, construction, or any type of paper can be used for this 3-D paper craft. Cut paper into strips and accordion fold it. Draw a simple doll shape connecting it to the sides of the paper. To finish, cut out the doll shape and open the paper doll chain. Decorate with crayons, markers, stickers, scrap booking papers or cloth.