Papercut decoration
While creating fancy paper decorations, students talk about folding and cutting.

You will need:

• For each student, a piece of square paper ("8.5x 8.5" or larger).
• For each student, a pair of scissors.
• For each student, a couple of quarters or any object of that weight (e.g., small rock, small candy bar)
Suggested vocabulary:

paper  scissors  fold  unfold  middle  point  together  triangle  cut  turn over  corner  direction  opposite  end  middle  carefully  lift  hang

Instructions:

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1. Fold the paper, bringing together the two opposite ends (tips).

2. Crease the fold in the middle.

3. Fold the paper again, bringing together the two opposite ends, creating a right-angle triangle.

4. Crease the fold.

5. Fold one more time, repeating steps 3 and 4.

6. Hold the triangle with the folded edge on your left and the tip down.

7. Starting .25" from the bottom, make a straight cut from the straight edge to about .25" from the diagonal edge.

8. Turn the triangle over (rotate horizontally). The straight edge is now on your right.

9. Starting .25" from the first cut, make a straight cut from the diagonal edge to about .25" from the straight edge.

10. Turn the triangle over (rotate horizontally). The straight edge is now on your left.

11. Starting .25" from the second cut, make a straight cut from the straight edge to about .25" from the diagonal edge.

12. Turn the triangle over (rotate horizontally). The straight edge is now on your right.

13. Repeat cutting and turning over the triangle until you reach the triangle base.

14. Unfold the paper very carefully.

15. Place the square on a flat surface and put a quarter or any small, heavy object in the center.

16. Bring together the four tips of the square. Lift the square by its tips, letting the weight of the quarter (or heavy object) pull down the bottom.

17. Enjoy the little basket! Hang it or just hold it for fun.

The dimensions of the square and cuts are not important. Thinner bands will create a more intricate design, but are harder to handle.