Chinese Paper Cuts have been a traditional form of decoration in China at Chinese New Year and all year round for thousands of years. Why not have a go with the kids? This craft is best for older children, as they will need to plan their design carefully and use sharp scissors to cut it out successfully. Try a symmetrical pattern by folding the paper and taking snips out of it, or design something a little more advanced...
You might also like to have a look at Chinese Paper Cuts - we've got some videos to watch with more paper cutting designs to try.
Make Your Own Chinese Paper Cut
You will need:
Sheet of red paper (or try something less traditional!)
Pencil and ruler
We've done two rooster paper cuts for Year of the Rooster 2017 - one with a simple outline and one much more tricky! We've provided templates, too.
Start by drawing a border around your paper, to act as a frame and to hold the paper cut together.
Now design your picture, making sure that all the parts of the picture are touching another part!
Using a pair of small sharp scissors (like nail cutting scissors), cut out the holes in between your lines.
Stick your paper cut onto a window or a contrasting piece of paper to show it off best.
Here's last year's paper cut, for Year of the Monkey, 2016. We used this colouring page as inspiration, if you want to have a go!
Here's our Year of the Goat paper cut for 2015. We have a template for this design if you want to have a go!
Our Year of the Horse paper cut from 2014
Our Year of the Snake paper cut from 2013
We based our Year of the Snake paper cut on this printable, but did have to adjust some of the snake's body so that we had more points touching the frame, for stability.
Happy Year of the Snake colouring
Here's a much simpler snake paper cut that younger children can enjoy!
Paper cut snake
Sarah's 2012 Year of the Dragon paper cut - isn't it spectacular?
If you want to try a dragon for yourself, you might find this Chinese dragon template helpful.
A previous year's Year of the Rabbit paper cut
Our Year of the Tiger paper cut. We broke with tradition and used orange for our paper cut and black for a background.
Our Year of the Ox paper cut