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Quick and dirty Chinese New Year paper cut

This week my Mandarin teacher taught our class a quick and easy method of creating paper cuts to celebrate the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival.

This paper cut features the Chinese character 春 (chun) which means spring and is the first part of the word 春节 (Chūnjié) which means Spring Festival.

All you need to create the paper cut is a piece of A4 paper, preferably in red which is the colour typically used due to its associations with good fortune and happiness in Chinese tradition and culture.

Fold the paper in half lengthways and draw the following shape onto the paper in pencil, drawing along the fold in the paper. Make sure that the middle stroke in the ‘E’ shaped section at the top of the character is shorter than the strokes above and below it.
春 Chinese Spring Festival paper cut pattern
Cut around the line you’ve drawn and fold flat.
春 Chinese Spring Festival paper cut pattern

Now stick onto a window to celebrate the New Year:)
春 Chinese Spring Festival easy paper cut

You can also create the paper cut in different sizes by using different sizes of paper – including the tiny paper cuts below:
春 Chinese Spring Festival paper cut


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Papercuts

I work at a University which means I get nice long holidays at Christmas and Easter; I usually set myself a craft project or two which I might not get time for otherwise. Last Christmas I decided to have a go at papercutting. My three first (and only) attempts are enclosed below. I keep meaning to get my craft knife back out and have a go at some other images.

Based on an advertising art image:

 My first attempt at a papercut

Based on a drawing of Wonder Woman by Darwyn Cooke:

Wonder Woman papercut

Based on a crane image on the title page of an old book:

Crane papercut