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The Five-Minute Paper Man. A project for people too busy to craft.
I love crafting, but don't always have time to invest in a big project. So, I came up with the Five-Minute Paper Man.

Posted by Joybells from Norfolk, Virginia, United States • Published See Joybells's 22 projects »
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  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Five Minute Paper Man - Step 1
    Step 1

    Fold a sheet of paper in half and draw the half outline of a paper doll style figure. Draw the arm slightly long in proportion to the figure.

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Five Minute Paper Man - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut out the figure; however, leave the bottom of the foot intact.

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Five Minute Paper Man - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using invisible tape (or glue) secure the figure's arms into a hug position.

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Five Minute Paper Man - Step 4
    Step 4

    Adjust your little paper man into a squatting position and tuck his knees inside his arms.

    And there you have it! Your Five-Minute Paper Man. He is a simple little fellow, but everyone will love him.

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Five Minute Paper Man - Step 5
    Step 5

    I'm just adding another photo of a finished project.

    When I completed this project, rather than folding a sheet of paper in half to create a symmetrical paper man image, I created a template of the full paper man and then drew his full outline onto a white sheet of paper.

    I then used an exacto knife to cut out the sillhouette of the paper man. (Remember to always leave the very tip of the feet attached).

    Creating the paper man this way prevents him from having a crease running down the center.

    Once the paper man has been cut out, I glue the sheet of white paper to a patterned piece of card stock as shown in the picture.

    Be careful that you do not accidentally glue the paper man to the background card stock during this process. To help keep my paper man from stray glue, I used a piece of wax paper behind him while I was gluing the remaining portion of the white sheet to the patterned card stock.

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Five Minute Paper Man - Step 6
    Step 6

    There is something very whimiscal and endearing about the little paper man.

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DAARSHENI
DAARSHENI · 2 projects
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Mary A.
Mary A.
Haha it's so amazing!
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Joybells
Joybells · Norfolk, Virginia, US · 23 projects
Hi Heidi. I'm received feedback from a number of individuals (not just on this site) expressing strong emotions at this simple little paper project. There is definitely an air of melancholy surrounding the little fellow. He's a bit of a blank slate and we are all left to ponder what he is pondering. If you come ups with a different pose, I do hope you will post your project so we can all ponder that as well.
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Heidi Finigan
Heidi Finigan
Am I the only one who finds it beautiful but also kind of sad? I think that if I try it, I am going to try a different pose! Still, thank you very much for sharing this mesmerizing idea!
Joybells
Joybells · Norfolk, Virginia, US · 23 projects
Hi Heidi. I'm received feedback from a number of individuals (not just on this site) expressing strong emotions at this simple little paper project. There is definitely an air of melancholy surrounding the little fellow. He's a bit of a blank slate and we are all left to ponder what he is pondering. If you come ups with a different pose, I do hope you will post your project so we can all ponder that as well.
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Rebecca C.
Rebecca C. · Los Angeles, California, US
How cute! So easy, yet tons of fun!! What else can he do?? Well, I bet....ANYTHING!
Joybells
Joybells · Norfolk, Virginia, US · 23 projects
I think I'll name the little paper man "Adam." The little fellow was created then suddenly came to life and is now sitting up to ponder what just happened?
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Kinhime Dragon
Kinhime Dragon · Denton, Texas, US · 661 projects
Oh my gosh! That's cool and full of emotion
Joybells
Joybells · Norfolk, Virginia, US · 23 projects
Thanks for the comment Kinhime Dragon. I agree with you that the little 5-minute paper man elicits an emotional response from me too. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is something wistful about the little guy. Happy
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J.A. S.
J.A. S.
You have some of the most clever crafts. Thanks for a quick tutorial. Happy
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