Paper Three Kings Chain

Fold, cut and color paper into a chain of paper three kings.

Safety Tips

  • Young kids (3 to 8 years) should use child-safe scissors.
  • Small craft materials such as beads or sequins are choking hazards. Not appropriate for use by children below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.
Paper Three Kings Chain craft

Materials

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Pencil
  • Scotch tape or masking tape
  • Glitter glue, rhinestones or gem-style
    stickers (optional)

Steps

Step 1 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 1. Print out this three kings template on A4 or Letter size paper.
Step 2 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 2. Choose from any of the three templates and cut following the rectangular frame around the figure.
Step 3 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 3. Align the template along the left edge of your paper. Tape the top and bottom edges of the template in place.
Step 4 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 4. Using the template's width as a guide, fold your paper accordion-style (back and forth folding). The template will divide an A4 or Letter size paper into 6 equal folded sections.
Step 5 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 5. If there's an excess area of paper after your last fold, you may either trim off or fold that small section of paper.

Photo inset shows the side view of an accordion-style fold.
Step 6 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 6. Cut the folded paper following the outlines of the figure on the template.
Step 7 Paper Three Kings Chain craft Ask for an adult's help7. Cut out the small center section that defines the figure's arms. You may do this while keeping the paper folded or if the paper is too thick to cut, you may unfold the paper and cut out a hole on both sides of each torso.
Step 8 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 8. Gently open up the folded paper to reveal a chain of figures. Since we only need three figures to make the three kings, cut out any excess paper after the third figure.
Step 9 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 9. According to legend, the three wise men were believed to have come from the East. Melchor was the king of Arabia, Gaspar was king of Tarsus (Turkey) and Balthazar was king of Ethiopia. Draw a face for each king based on this popular legend or you can sketch them based on your own imagination. You can also draw different hair styles for each king to give each of them a distinct look.
Step 10 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 10. Draw the arms and the kings' robes. The three wise men carried with them gifts, namely, gold, myrrh and frankincense. If you're not familiar with how these three gifts look like, you can draw gift-wrapped presents like I did.
Step 11 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 11. If you gave each wise man a different hairstyle, trim the edges to define the new hairstyle.
Step 12 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 12. Color the three wise men.
Step 13 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 13. Make a crown for each king or you may use the three crowns included in the template. Color each crown. You may add sparkle to the crowns with glitter glue, rhinestones or gem-style stickers.
Step 14 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 14. If you used glitter glue to decorate the crowns, let it dry before cutting out the crowns and gluing them onto each king's head.
Step 15 Paper Three Kings Chain craft 15. Additionally you can decorate the wise men's robes with glitter glue or you can glue on small rhinestones.
Step 16a Paper Three Kings Chain craft 16. Allow the glitter glue to dry before using your paper three kings chain. You can make them into Christmas decorations by gluing them onto background paper or taping them onto the wall. If you are making this project as a class, you can position each one's three kings chain side by side to make a very long chain or garland.
Step 16b Paper Three Kings Chain craft If you position the two outer figures at an angle, your paper three kings chain can actually stand!

More Ideas

Clothespin Farm Animals craft This paper three kings chain is a great addition to a nativity scene project. You can also make these paper angel chain and these clothespin farm animals to add to your nativity scene.

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