Make paper fringes - zigzags

Zigzag fringes add sharp shapes and spiky texture to your artwork.

They are also pretty simple to make. Read on to give your artwork a zigzag boost!

  • Paper or card
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

If you want to rub out your pencil marks you will need a rubber. When putting your piece together you might also need glue*.

*(sticky tape and pva glue can also work)

Decide how long and wide a zigzag fringe you want and choose your paper

For example, use long, thin zigzags for grass, shorter points for a crown or chunkier zigzags for a fence shape.

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Try using zigzags in pattern work.
In this picture the grass, rooftops and mountain range are made from zigzag fringes.

Using zigzags in 3D work

Add tabs to your zigzags to make them stand up:

  • One long tab makes a straight zigzag fringe:

  • Lots of tabs makes a curvy zigzag wave fringe:

(For more help with making tabs check out our guide to making strip fringes.)


Folding or curling tabbed zigzags can create interesting 3D objects like this paper crown and staff.
  • You can change the length and width of your zigzags to create different looks.

  • You can also add tabs to your zigzag fringe to build sturdy 3D forms that keep their shape.

  • (For more help with making tabs check out our guide to making strip fringes.)

There's more!

Follow the links to learn more about different types of fringing - and how you can use them to make impressive artwork:

Make scalloped paper fringes
Make fringed paper strips
Get crafty with paper fringes