Simple Paper Cutting
What you will make:
In this project you are introduced to the art of paper cutting
through the techniques of cut apart and layered paper. Both of these
techniques are simple and well suited to the computer. These are
techniques that can be used to decorate greeting cards, stationery,
boxes, gift wraps, or any paper craft project. They can also be used to
create mobiles and pictures suitable for framing.
At the end of this project page, read a
brief note about paper cutting traditions around
Here's what you need:
- Computer paper (white and colored)
- Optional: Cardstock for making greeting cards
or mounting paper cuts.
This project is rated EASY to do.
About paper cutting traditions around the world
The first examples of paper cutting came from China in the 4th or 5th
century. The Chinese have developed paper cutting into a beautiful and
intricate art called chien-chih. The most sophisticated
patterns take an incredible amount of skill to cut and may take months
to complete. The paper cuts are usually created with very thin red
paper using many traditional designs.
Paper cutting has developed as an art all around the world wherever
paper is plentiful. The best known traditions are scherenschnitte from Germany and Switzerland, kirigami
from Japan, and wycinanki from Poland. Paper cutting also has
a long and popular history in Mexico with the craft originating with
the Mayans in the 6th century. Each tradition of paper cutting has
developed a unique style that sets it apart from the others. The
styles range from simple silhouettes to wonderfully intricate and