When I was a wee lass, I thought it would be a fabulous idea to give my friend Kelly a haircut. I was 7, she was 6, and I wanted to hurry up and launch my career in hairstyling.
Although we were delighted with the results, our moms didn’t share in our excitement. It would be 10 long years before I cut hair again, but that’s a story for another time.
This paper collage hair-cutting project will bring out the inner stylist in anyone. It’s absolutely as fun to make as it looks, and this is one of the only times I’ve felt it would be fun to teach art, because I so want to see what people will do with this.
I hope you guys see it and get excited to make some, and you actually feel like showing me. (Instagram. @Craftwhack.)
A note about supplies: I have a large bin overflowing with colored card stock of many different colors and brands. It’s heavenly, but the above pack should get you started with a good range of colors if you haven’t started a card stock collection yet. 🙂
I recommend paper craft scissors instead of the big honking scissors most of us have floating around the house. SO much better control over detailed cutting, and easier on the hands.
I have switched to these cheapie glue sticks for my crafty crafts because they work just fine, and they are still acid-free.
Cut an oval out of 1 piece of paper. This is your face.
Place the oval on another piece of paper approximately where you want your bangs to fall on the face. Trace the top of the face onto the “bangs” paper and cut about an inch or more around that line. This will leave you with the top of the hair.
Flip the bangs hair over onto the paper left from cutting out the bangs, and draw the rest of the hair. Cut it out.
Glue the top of the head to the bangs, and the bangs to the back of the hair.
Don’t glue the whole face to the back of the hair just yet, because you will be adding a neck and shoulders to your person. Unless you don’t want them to have a neck and shoulders, in which case, go glue hog-wild.
Add your facial features! Yay! Anything and everything goes. Self-portraits, robots, monsters, gorgeous fabulous princesses, cute little humanoid animals.
Add in a neck and shoulders to make the portrait complete. You can also decorate the clothes and hair with more colored paper details.
Then…… give it a haircut!
Hey, girl, sassy do! Maybe you should go see the dentist now.
Cyclops are always fun to make.
This one looked like a weird Modigliani Dolly Parton to me, so I had to finally give her more of a haircut and a slight neck-reduction.
In case you were wondering, these actually ARE as fun as they look to make. I think I could happily sit around all day and make these. Also, I realized how much that blue one looks like the character from Inside Out after I made her.
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