Chinese Paper Cuts

The art of Chinese paper cutting has been prized for many thousands of years. Paper cuts are used for decoration, given as gifts, and are regarded as lucky. Traditional paper cuts often showed celebrations, weddings and feasts, but now all sorts of motifs are used.

Traditional red paper cut for Year of the Monkey 2016
Traditional red paper cut for Year of the Monkey 2016

Year of the Goat paper cut
A Year of the Goat paper cut for 2015

Year of the Dragon paper cut
A Year of the Dragon paper cut

Monkey Paper Cut
Best for older kids, this is a good project for practising planning and design skills.. Paper cuts are a very old, traditional craft in China and are often seen at Chinese New Year.
Chinese Paper Cut Craft

Chinese paper cutting tutorial - cut a flower. Older children should be able to follow along

NB Children should not browse video sharing sites unsupervised

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