Spin, twirl and dazzle with these Jolly Paper Twirlies! Decorate your home for the season and create a winter wonderland for your family to enjoy. This craft is fairly easy, but make sure to help youngsters with some of the more difficult steps. Read on to see lots of photographs and learn how to make three kinds of Twirlies. It’s amazing what you can make with just seven pieces of paper!

What to find:

  • Teal and red cardstock, recycled catalogs or white paper
  • Markers or drawing supplies
  • Scissors or X-Acto knife
  • Hole punch
  • Fishing twine
  • Stapler

What to do:

The Big Twirlie:

1. Cut your paper into 1.25″-wide strips, or the width of your ruler. To make one Twirlie, cut the strips to these suggested lengths: one 7″, two 8″, two 9″ and two 11″ strips.

To tie your crafts together visually, make the longest and shortest strips with red and teal cardstock.

2. For the interior strips, draw snowflakes, dots and wavy lines—purple on one side and red on the other—or have your kids go wild with whatever they imagine!

3. Arrange your strips of paper as shown. The longest pieces are on the outside and the shortest piece is on the inside. They are sandwiched as: 11″, 9″, 8″, 7″, 8″, 9″ and 11″.

4. Align the strips so they are flush on one side and staple them together a half-inch away from the edge.

5. On the other side of the craft, slowly pinch all the pieces together so they are nicely aligned, and staple.

6. Voilà! If you want, you can hole-punch the top of your Twirlie to hang.

The Small Twirlie:

You can use the same steps to make a smaller version of the Twirlie—just use shorter strips of paper! Try these suggested measurements: one 4″, two 5″, two 6″ and two 7″ strips.

The Heart Twirlie:

1. To make one Heart Twirlie, cut strips into the following lengths: one 5″, two 7″, two 9″ and two 11″ strips.

2. Color the paper if you’d like. Hole-punch the short strip now, as it’s difficult to do once the heart is assembled.

3. Arrange your strips of paper as shown. Align the paper so that the hole-punched side of the 5″ strip overlaps the others by 1.5″, with about 3.5″ sticking out. The lengths will be sandwiched as: 7″, 9″, 11″, 5″, 11″, 9″ and 7″.

4. Staple together so that the hole-punched strip peeks out as shown.

5. On the other side, slowly pinch all the pieces together so they are nicely aligned, and staple.

6. Hang the Heart Twirlie using fishing twine and watch it spin!

These activities were inspired by two websites, Thrifty Fun and Curbly. Check out their fun selection of DIY projects!

Once you’ve made your own Jolly Paper Twirlies, be sure to take pictures and share with us on our social media sites! Ambassador Stephanie Bowe created these beautiful Twirlies out of old Barefoot Books catalogs—what a smart idea!


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