THE ART OF PAPERCUTTING  
  by: LH Yap  


 INTRODUCTION  

Chinese New Year is around the corner. Here are some Chinese New Year paper cutting ideas to share with you. For the New Year, Chinese paper cuttings are usually made on red paper. To the Chinese, red is a lucky colour. You may paste or fix your completed papercuts on the wall, door, or gifts to your friends. Try to do it yourself. Please feel free to give your suggestions, comments, requests and feedbacks. They are most welcome and uesful for me to improve and make this page better for you to refer to, enjoy and use.



 HOW TO MAKE PAPERCUTS  

MATERIALS:

Scissors, NT Cutter, Pencil, Stapler, Paper Clips, Ruler,
Cutting Mat, Manila Card,
Coloured Paper.



STEP 01:

Choose a pattern. Print, trace or photocopy the chosen pattern onto a card. Cut out the pattern into a stensil.

Click here to choose a pattern to print out.


STEP 02:

Fold the colour paper diagonally once.





STEP 03:

Fold back the extra part of the paper.





STEP 04:

Cut out the extra part of the paper.





STEP 05:

Fold the paper into a triangular shape.





STEP 06:

Fold again into a smaller triangular shape.





STEP 07:

Place the stencil at the edge of the paper.





STEP 08:

Clip the stencil to the paper firmly.

Make sure that the stencil is placed correctly, when cutting make sure that the two curves indicated by the arrow is not cut, and that they are still attached to the folds of the three layers of folded paper.
STEP 09:

Trace the outline of the stencil onto the paper.





STEP 10:

Staple the folded paper together so that it will not slip when cutting.





STEP 11:

Cut out the unwanted part of the inside using a NT Cutter.





STEP 12:

Cut out the side windows using a pair of Scissors.





STEP 13:

Cut around the whole pattern with the Scissors.





STEP 14:

Unfold the completed papercut carefully.





STEP 15:

Unfold again.





STEP 16:

And again.





STEP 17:

And unfolds all the way.





STEP 18:

Examine your handy work.





STEP 19:

Display your completed piece of art work using masking tapes or glue.





STEP 20:

Another pattern of papercut.





STEP 21:

Left-over can be used to make smaller patterns. Repeat the steps illustrated above





STEP 22:

Some completed samples.