Make paper fringes - strips

Strip fringes are the simplest kind of fringe because you just cut in straight lines.

Folded strips can be used as tabs to build 3D forms.

  • Paper or card
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick *

*(sticky tape and pva glue can also work - practise on a scrap piece of paper first)

If you want to create a very tidy fringe you can draw cut lines to follow when cutting. For this you will also need a pencil, ruler and rubber.


Decide how long and wide you want your strips to be

For example, you might cut long, thin strips for hair but short, chunky strips for teeth.

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A Viking comb, toothpick and earwax pick - fringes make the comb teeth
A Roman soldier and Caledonian Druid - fringes make the helmet frill and beard
A 2D keyboard - fringes make the white keys


Decide how long and wide you want your tabs to be

What shape are you building? If it is curvy use plenty of thin tabs. If it has sharp sides one tab for every side should be enough.

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A model of a castle - tabs help to make it stand up
A 3D swirling pattern - tabs help to glue it down
A 3D tree - tabs help to attach its side branches and make it stand up

Tabs for extra stability and movement

Fold your tabs in opposite directions to create a very stable base for your 3D artwork.

This type of tab won't normally need glue to stay upright so it is handy if you want to be able to move your artwork about.

A moveable cartoon character standing upright with tabs
  • You can change the width between cuts to create different looks.

  • You can also fold strips over to make tabs. Stick the tabs down to build sturdy 3D forms that keep their shape.


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