Ten Lepers Nesting Doll and Paper Craft

This is a fun paper craft modelled on the Russian Matryushka (nesting) Dolls.  If you like this craft you may like to try the Paper Matryushka Doll Craft.

There are two ways of making this doll - as a stand-up nesting doll or as a lift-the-flap paper craft (and actually, there are a few variations of that too!)

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Nesting Doll

  • Print out the following templates onto stiff card.
  • Decorate each leper.
  • Cut out.  Fold top tab of both front and back in and glue so that top of heads meet.
  • Fold bottom tabs of both sides in and glue so that they overlap and allow leper to stand.  Experiment with the amount of overlap needed for doll to stand on its own.
  • Stand all ten lepers in a row or sit inside each other to put away!  Use with the poem given below.

Paper Craft

  • Print out the following templates.
  • Decorate each leper.
  • Cut out.  On a piece of paper, paste leper #10 in the bottom of the page.  Glue the flap of lepers #9 through to #1 on top of the flap of the previous leper.  Each leper should hide the lepers preceding it until all are hid by leper #1.  Say the poem below as you lift the flap of each leper.
  • Alternatively, on a large piece of paper, place glue of the flap of each leper and stand them up in a row in order.
  • Alternative #3, cut tabs off each leper and glue in a row on a large piece of paper (will not fit on standard size paper) and decorate with trees etc.


Count the lepers - how many can you see?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 sick men with Jesus did plea,

"Make us well, make us better, Dear Jesus please."

So Jesus healed them and sent them on their way.

But wait - what can you see?  Let's count again.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, just 1 thankful man

Has come back with a 'Thank you' to say.


for tiny ones!

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