Papercutting might sound like a violent sport for those who aren’t familiar with real papercutting: the art of cutting designs into paper. Once you discover this incredible world of delicate paper sculptures and intricate papercut patterns, a dull piece of construction paper suddenly seems like a potential masterpiece – or, at least, a cute card.
Here are 19 ways that ‘papercutters’ have transformed normal paper into beautiful papercut artwork:
1. Calendars. Check out these gorgeous and intricate calendar that you’ll actually be dying to display. I can’t decide which one I like better.
via Robert Ryan and Curious Doodles
2. Diamonds. This is a more simple and traditional use of paper cutting, that has many different applications. These gorgeous diamond make great cards, decor, and have many other crafting applications.
via Ashley Pahl and Sarah Louise Matthews
3. Window Decorations. Papercutting is a great way to create fun silhouettes to hang in your windows. Just check up these fun examples below!
via Dream Papercut
4. Inside a Pumpkin. Look at this super fun idea for placing a sihlouette inside a pumpkin for a cute decoration. It’s definitely a unique spin on pumpkin carving that I’m here for.
via Elsa Mora
5. Fairy Tale Shadow Puppets. Did you ever play with shadow puppets growing up? I love them, since I was terrible at making hand shadows. Mine weren’t as pretty as these, made with just some cardstock or cardboard and a stick, but I loved them just the same. These gorgeous and intricate versions are what my little kid brain could only dream of.
via Isabella’s Art
6. Family Trees. I love word art, so I absolutely love the idea of these family trees. Someday, I’m definitely planning to get one for myself.
via Robyn Made and Loula Belle At Home
7. Mexican Flags and Banners. Look at how gorgeous and perfect these Mexican flags and banners would be for a wedding. I’m absolutely in love with them!
via Ay Mujer
8. Incredible Geometric Designs. I am always amazed by what people are able to create. Some of these geometric designs don’t even look like they’re made out of a simple sheet of paper at all!
via Catfriendo Enterprises, Sarah Louise Matthews and Mimimi Cards
9. Necklaces. I also love simple designs that connect me to nature. These simply papercut necklaces are perfect for this.
via Jenny Lee Fowler
10. Star Constellations. Delicate and gorgeous, these notebook covers are absolutely to die for. I’d like a dozen.
via Mimimi Cards
11. Butterflies, Small, and Large. Some people believe that seeing a butterfly is a sign that someone on the other side is near. Surrounding yourself with these cute butterflies could be a great way to remember the ones we’ve lost.
via Mimimi Cards and Mama Tita
12. Animals, Fierce and Cute. I can see these animal decals looking right at home in a baby’ room or animal themed room. The more you look at them, the more you discover. They’re absolutely incredible.
via Sarah Andreacchio and Papercutout
13. Tree Ornaments. What a fun, affordable, gorgeous, and simple idea to decorate your tree.
via Sarah Louise Matthews
14. All Kinds of Cards. I’m always on the lookout for new card ideas. These cards are both cute and simple. Two things that I love.
via Mimimi Cards, Ashley Pahl and Owly Shadow Puppets
15. Beautiful Wedding Certificate Display. Wedding certificates are one of those super important documents that many people aren’t sure what to do with. Should we toss it in a drawer and forget about? Or, should we display it with a beautiful frame like this papercut one?
via Woodland Papercuts, Jerise and Urban Collective
16. Hanging Lanterns and Luminaria. Hanging lanterns are perfect for many different occasions. And they’re simple to create too with a few papercutting tools.
via Hannah Nunn and Su Owen
17. An Entire Story in One Incredible Illustration. There’s papercutting, and then there’s papercutting. Like wow. Can you believe all the different parts perfectly combined into this pieces. I could look at it for hours.
via Emma van Leest
18. Personalized Silhouettes. My family got some silhouettes like this done once at Disneyland, and I couldn’t believe the skill those paper cutters had. They went so fast and created such accurate silhouettes of my family. I was completely blown away.
via The Path Less Traveled
19. A Merry Crown. The next time your child wants to play princess, try your own hand at paper cutting and see if you can throw together a crown she’ll love. It doesn’t have to be quite this perfect. She’ll love it anyway.
via Madeline Trait