29 July 2014

How to cut an index card into a long necklace

[Chapter: DIY + tutorials]


1. Get one index card (or cardstock) and a pair of scissors.

2. Fold it in half and crease the fold.

3. Position the scissors at the fold.

4. Make straight cuts but don’t snip right off the edge.

5. Flip (towards you) to the opposite side and be ready for another round of cutting.

6. Cut on the middle of each strip. Again, don’t cut right through the end.

7. You’ll get a zig zag like this.

8. Go back to the fold, skipping the FIRST and LAST strip, trim off the fold on all the remaining strips.

9. Open up and you’ll find a hole that is indeed big enough for you to make your way through from the head down or from the feet up.

This is adapted from Dr. Robert Krampf’s science experiment #11 on the science of topology.

If you cut narrower strips in step 4, the hole gets even bigger. And if you accidentally snip off the first or last strip, you will have cut yourself a paper streamer.

Say if you (ever) have to entertain someone with a simple trick or make a paper-party-necklace, you know what to do!

Comments (5)   2008.05.28

  1. From M.Kate

    ha…the kids will love it, will show it to them, to keep them busy..its school holidays here :)

    2008.05.28 @ 8:47 am

  2. From heidi

    totaly challenging my gals with this tomorrow!

    At heidi’s blog: in memory

    2008.05.28 @ 10:33 pm

  3. From Liz

    I use to do this as a kid but with a sheet of paper – I would bet other kids that I could cut a hole in a piece of paper big enough that I could walk through it…

    At Liz’s blog: A Little Gold Mine

    2008.05.29 @ 6:38 am

  4. From EngineerT

    Simple pleasures to teach our kids. Reminds me of the good old days without TV, all the game gizmos etc. Thank you for sharing.

    At EngineerT’s blog: Time Management In A Busy World

    2008.05.30 @ 9:18 am

  5. From Anna

    Thanks! My daughter loved it! It is great! *Fake Smiles* ITS NOT HARD AT ALL FOR THEM!! :]

    2010.01.20 @ 8:58 am

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