Making Concertina Animals - From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsSola has decided that “art” is her “special talent”, as she calls it . As a result, she has been keeping me on my toes with all of the art that she has been doing around here. In particular, she has taken a liking to cutting paper and making elaborate paper constructions. This fascination of hers prompted me to try a craft project with her that I had been meaning to try for quite some time. When I was very young, a teacher of mine made a paper people chain, which seemed like magic in my young mind. Either she didn’t teach us how to make them, or I forgot, but I never made them since. In the book, Crafts Through the Year, by Thomas and Petra Berger, however, there are directions for making concertina animals, which are very similar.

The authors have some elaborate examples, but I decided that we should stick with a very simple animal silhouette, as I didn’t want Sola to be too frustrated with the cutting. In honor of the bunny that has been living in our yard, Sola and I settled on using a bunny image.
Making Concertina Animals - From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
First, I obtained and cut out a bunny silhouette.
Making Concertina Animals - From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
I lay the bunny on some card stock that I had accordion folded to a slightly smaller width than the bunny silhouette. It is important that the tail and nose stick out past the edges of folded card stock, so that when cutting out the bunny, each bunny stays attached to the other by either the nose or the tail (i.e. you don’t want to cut out the entire nose and the entire tail).
Making Concertina Animals - From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
I traced the bunny on to the card stock (note above that the nose and tail aren’t completely traced around, I left parts that will not be cut) and Sola cut out about half of the bunny. Unfortunately, the paper was so thick that her hands got tired, so I had to take over.
Making Concertina Animals - From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
And viola, we had a concertina bunny! I think I was more excited about this than she was, as this was 40 years in the dreaming for me! We found that they made a nice addition to our spring seasonal table, which was a bit barren since we removed all of the Easter decorations.

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