12 Paper Cutting Arts & Crafts Project Ideas

A collage of four images from the DesignBundles range, including cut out art with a unicorn, mandala, flower and dreamcatcher. The post title is in the middle: 12 paper cutting craft project ideas.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on 12 paper cutting craft projects in this sponsored post to give you a few ideas & a little inspiration for your next project.

Why Choose Paper Cutting Arts & Crafts?

Paper-cutting is a popular craft with a long history, and its versatility makes it so convenient for a range of arts and crafts projects. It’s fantastic for adults and children alike, with differing degrees of complexity for all skill levels and design preferences. Not only does paper cutting inspire creativity, it also allows children to develop their motor skills. For adults, it can be a relaxing form of stress relief, providing an outlet and means of self-expression as well as a sense of achievement.

For those with chronic illness and pain, arts and crafts are also a good distraction therapy and can be flexibly enjoyed whenever and however frequently or infrequently one is able to do them.

Paper cutting templates can be used for tracing or directly cutting out, which you can then decorate and use however you wish. Colour them to use as hanging decor, build them up into 3D art works, or create a collage, it’s totally up to you – let your creativity run free and your imagination have some fun! The end product could be for practical and useful purposes, as a gift, for entertainment or for decoration, there really are so many possibilities.

Getting To Grips With Paper Cutting Crafts

To make your project easier, you can get online paper-cutting templates with the designs pre-made and ready to use. Design Bundles have a range of options, with over 2,500 designs in their paper cutting range alone! With any design you pick, you’ll typically be sent a Zip file that you can download and unpack onto your computer, with the files containing different formats, like JPEG, PNG, SVG, DXF, EPS and PDF. This makes designs highly flexible for however you wish to use them, whether you cut them yourself or use them with a paper cutting machine.

It’s unsurprising that Design Bundles is such a popular brand, having amassed over 1 million users since its birth in 2016. You can find and save money on an array of digital products for all of your arts and crafts projects, including templates, graphics, craft files, mock ups and illustrations. There are over 150,000 marketplace digital products with excellent customer reviews to browse, sure to keep you busy and satiate your inner artiste. 

Here’s some inspiration to get you started on your next project.

Paper Cutting Arts & Crafts Ideas

1. Paper Links

You can use paper cuttings to make chains of objects, such as paper linked people holding hands, paper angels, heart chains or linked flowers. These would make a great garland at home, and you could do a themed bunting-style design for special occasions and events. 

2. Puppet Popsicles

Animal themed cut outs make great popsicle puppets. Take cuts of different critters and creatures, like cats, tigers and elephants, made from cardboard, then clue them to the end of ice lolly sticks. Children can put on a popsicle puppet theatre show! 

3. Labels

Labels not only look good, they’re also simple to cut and can be very practical. Adults might find these useful for organising the pantry, while children might like to make colourful labels for their toy boxes and school books. 

4. Layered Box Art

There are some beautiful prepared 3D paper-cutting templates for creations that can be built up into a three dimensional piece of art. Designs include the likes of mandalas, crosses, letters and butterflies that can be cut and placed in a frame or box. You could make an art piece, shadow box or light box, perfect for adding a dash of creativity to your home or giving as a gift.

A mandala design in a white box, made as a 3D design with different shades of blue.

5. Rainbow Window Decor

Rainbows have become synonymous with hope during the pandemic, having initially been used for giving thanks to the NHS. Brighten up your day and bring hope into your home by creating some rainbow decor using a Design Bundles paper cut template, with different rainbow and cloud cut-outs that can be used on the fridge, wall, window or anywhere you want to add touch of magic.

6. Paper Snowflakes

Snowflakes are beautiful in their intricacy and there are lots of pretty designs to choose from. They’re therapeutic to cut, delightful to look at, and they’re great for helping children hone their cutting skills and focus. 

7. Flower Pot Decorations

Flower pots can be a year-round focus of decoration, whether they’re outside in the summer or on the windowsill indoors in the cooler weather. Choose your design and make sure it’s the right size to fit the side of your flower pot. Colour and decorate as you wish, then glue it to the flower pot. If you’re growing seeds for flowers, fruits and veggies, or herbs, you could adapt the design to include the planting date.

8. Flower Sticks

You can utilise paper cutting designs for building up 3D flowers. Create your flower by layering paper or cardboard, bending at the edges to bring the flower to life and give it some depth. Get a stick, like a thin bamboo stick from the garden, a straw or a lollypop stick, and attach to the back of the flower head with tape. If you use a longer stick you could put the flower in a real plant pot out in the garden, or you can create a pot of paper flowers for the kitchen, which will be low-maintenance and allergy-free!

9. Photo Frames

Take any design you like with a large space in the centre that could accommodate an image, and use the cut out as a photo holder. You can pop these DIY photo frames on the fridge with a magnet, stick them on the wall with Blue Tack, or attach a perpendicular piece of cardboard to the back as a stand so it can have pride of place on your mantelpiece.

10. Hanging Mobiles

Mobiles are entertaining for babies and children, but they also make for mesmerising home decor. Create a hanging mobile of shapes, for instance with butterflies, by joining a few together horizontally and decorating as desired. Attach string to the top of the mobile and stick this to the ceiling where it can hang and twirl when the breeze catches it. Similarly, you could use a Design Bundles dreamcatcher template for making a card or fabric dreamcatcher to ensnare any impending nightmares.

11. Greetings Cards 

They say that it’s the thought that counts with gifting, and a handmade card can show the recipient how much you care with your thought and effort. You can make a 3D card design or use a DesignBundles template to make a pop-up card that will provide a little surprise when opened. A personalised card made with love will be sure to make your recipient smile.

A white and green elephant pop up card from DesignBundles for paper cutting crafting.

12. Bookmarks

Bookmarks needn’t be boring and they needn’t be the typical rectangular shape either. Any cut out shapes, like stars, circles, sugar skulls, swirls or butterflies could make a beautiful bookmark. Cut them out on cardboard, or layer a few pieces of paper for reinforcement, and take your time colouring and decorating. It’s a great way to encourage the love of both crafts and reading in your children, allowing them to marvel at their creations while they read. For adults, both reading and crafting can be ideal for relaxation, distraction and escapism.  

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A 3x3 collage of images from Design Bundles, with flower cut outs, bat cut outs, mandalas, cards, a cut out white unicorn, and a dreamcatcher.
A black scroll divider.

Do you find arts & crafts beneficial in some way? Have you tried any paper cutting crafts before, or is it something you’d like to try?

Caz  ♥

[ This is a sponsored post & advertisement feature written by myself. The opinions expressed here are my own ]

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55 Comments

  1. July 21, 2020 / 3:40 pm

    Hi! I love paper cutting, I often create figures or greetings cards! ♥️ Thank you so much for sharing! 🥰

    • July 23, 2020 / 3:18 pm

      It’s great you love paper cutting! I’d quite like to give greetings cards a go, I’ve always fancied making my own with paper cutting. Really glad you liked the post 😄 xx

  2. July 21, 2020 / 4:11 pm

    How fun. Great thing to do with the kids. Paper makes so many beautiful things.

    Have a fabulous day, Caz. ♥

    • July 23, 2020 / 3:21 pm

      There really are a lot of options, so you can let your imagination run wild! Thanks for the comment, Sandee. I hope you’ve having a lovely week 🌷 xx

  3. July 21, 2020 / 4:22 pm

    Some of those images from Design Bundles are gorgeous, aren’t they? I love crafting, and seeing all those pics and your idea really make me want to get my craft room cleared out so that I can see where everything is.
    Love your post!

    • July 23, 2020 / 3:23 pm

      There really are some beautiful images. I love the white cut outs, like the woman & the unicorn, so very pretty. I find looking at images put together in articles or collaged can inspire me, so I’m glad they gave you a little inspiration too. I hope you can get that craft room of yours organised just the way you want it so it can nurture your creative vibes! 🤗 xx

  4. July 21, 2020 / 4:47 pm

    I used to love making paper snowflakes as a kid!

    • July 23, 2020 / 3:25 pm

      Those were the days, simple & joyful fun times! x

  5. July 21, 2020 / 7:57 pm

    I do a lot of crafting – not paper – but I think having a craft even as a hobby is very beneficial.

    • July 23, 2020 / 3:28 pm

      I agree. I also think that you have a very creative mind, Ruth. It’s clear to see with your humorous posts! Anything we can do to nurture that inner creativity is worth it, and whatever craft type you get into will have its benefits. xx

  6. July 21, 2020 / 8:15 pm

    Ohhhh I love paper cutting, haven’t done it in a very long time and these are lovely. I especially like the snow flakes and the greeting cards. I can see how this can be very theraputic. xoxo

    • July 23, 2020 / 3:30 pm

      There are some gorgeous designs, aren’t there? I’d like to give more crafting a go, I just need the motivational kick up the bum to get back into the things I used to enjoy. Would you like to get back into doing some paper cutting crafts, Masha? xx

      • July 23, 2020 / 8:55 pm

        I have something you may like, I’ll private message you on insta. 🙂

  7. July 21, 2020 / 8:16 pm

    This really brought me back to my early school years. I loved making paper dolls and snowflakes and such. It’s never occurred to me to try something more elaborate as an adult! I have a ton of left over paper from when I was so sure scrapbooking was for me (it wasn’t).This would be a great way to put it to some creative use. I’ll have to give it a shot sfter I finish with my latest knitting project. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! Xx

    • July 23, 2020 / 3:34 pm

      Aww hopefully those are some good memories of simpler times making paper dolls & snowflakes. I miss the joy in those sorts of things, but we can recreate it a little by doing art & craft projects now because there’s no age limit to creativity. It’s a shame scrapbooking wasn’t your thing but you never know until you try – maybe you can put that paper to good use with a new crafty project! Thanks for the comment lovely xx

  8. July 21, 2020 / 9:10 pm

    Handmade cards was one time I used to maje before I stopped doing. I was making a lot of cards during the years I did, but lost heart in it.
    I plan to make a Christmas card this year. A simple one, a picture I coloured in a year, or two ago, which I thought be nice to put on card. I plan to buy some card soon for it. Whether thst leads onto future card making, I don’t know.

    • July 23, 2020 / 3:36 pm

      Our interests & the joy we find (or not) in things can change over time. Who knows, maybe making the Christmas card will lead to more card crafting in future. If not, perhaps you could find some other creative outlet that suits you, that adds a little joy to your days. xx

  9. July 21, 2020 / 10:45 pm

    I love number 4.
    I used to design the papers I’d write letters on by cutting. And I just started doing diamond art though that’s finicky. I’ve always enjoyed scrapbooking.
    Can you do crafts?
    Sending hugs

    • July 23, 2020 / 4:26 pm

      That sounds like an enjoyable project for your letters. Diamond art would be interesting, but I think I’d find finicky more frustrating than relaxing! There’s a part of me that really wants to get back into crafting and art of some description, I’m just struggling to find my ‘mojo’. Depression can do that & yet what might be helpful is often the thing that’s hard to do. Do you think you’ll share some of your diamond art & scrapbooking on your blog? I’m sure people would love to see more, myself included. xx

      • July 26, 2020 / 7:10 pm

        I’ll try email you, or post on my non anonymous picture blog or Instagram and send it.
        Diamond art is finicky.
        The mojo is hard. If it’s something you want to do I’ve found what someone told me really helpful. That motivation isn’t a feeling. It’s just doing it anyways, and the feeling comes afterwards. Scrapbooking is more fun I think…

  10. July 22, 2020 / 1:45 am

    I was smiling nearly the entire time reading through this post. What a great way to reduce stress and spark our creativity! I love it, Caz!

    Paper cutting arts & crafts sounds like a lot of fun. It has been many moons since I tried my hand at these! Are you familiar with adult coloring books? Those 2 activities would complement each other well, I think. What about you?

    I love this: “Not only does paper cutting inspire creativity, it also allows children to develop their motor skills.” — For parents of autistic children, this must really be a God-send. They are always looking for healthy, safe activities that will help their kids develop the motor skills required for day to day living.

    The layered box art looks amazing. I’d gladly have that piece sitting on my desk or framed as wall art somewhere. I also adore the idea of decorating flower pots. It’s interesting you write this now, because I was just recently discussing how I’d decorate up some of our pots at the nursery. My idea was to sell some plants with decorative pots that I’d hand painted, etc. Your idea just might inspire me to try Design Bundles!

    The greeting cards and bookmarks look like a lot of fun too. They all do really. I’ve shared your post in hopes others will come and get inspired to create too! Awesome stuff Caz. ♥

    • July 22, 2020 / 2:47 am

      P.S. I love the changes you’ve made to your site. 🙂 “Live a visible life, whatever your health.” — LOVE it! You’re an inspiration. Keep it up Caz! ♥

      • July 23, 2020 / 4:34 pm

        Aww that’s fab, I’m so glad you liked it! I find that reading through posts with crafty suggestions & image collages can spark my creativity a little too.

        Oh yes, adult colouring books are getting a huge fan base. I’ve not used them myself but I used to really enjoy colouring little doodles I’d drawn, so I can see the appeal. You’re right, colouring & paper crafting would complement each other very well! And an excellent point about children with autism; these sorts of activities can have a range of positive outcomes and, providing they can be safely done & observed where necessary, could be as enjoyable as they are beneficial.

        I love that box art too, so pretty! I’m thinking of doing some labels for my dad for some of his flower pots – decorate some of the pots in your nursery would be a great idea! Handcrafted stuff often captures the eye of a buyer, especially when you know it’s unique and made with a smile. I’d love to see more about your nursery if ever you felt like posting it up on your blog!

        And thank you so much for the feedback on the blog aesthetics. I wasn’t quite sure what to go for with the refresh and I can’t tell if I’m quite sure on it yet. It’s really good to hear what people think though and you’re the first to mention it, so thank you! 🤗 xx

        • July 26, 2020 / 7:12 pm

          I’m liking your new logo. Didn’t notice anything else because I’m not at all observant…

  11. July 22, 2020 / 8:32 am

    Great idea for stress relief Caz. I really like the hand made cards. It shows you took the time to show someone how you feel about them.

    • July 23, 2020 / 4:40 pm

      I feel the same with handmade cards. You can put the thought & care into anything you make, which means more than a price tag any day. When it comes to bought cards, I try to find something I know the recipient will like, so you can still make the choice or what you write it in more meaningful too 😄 x

  12. July 22, 2020 / 2:16 pm

    It’s amazing how relaxing paper cutting can actually be and a great stress reliever for the gut! Plus, the result can look stunning too. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

    Gemma x

    • July 23, 2020 / 4:41 pm

      Absolutely, lowering our stress levels is important for a lot of things, including digestion. With art, I like that you get that sense of achievement with the process & the end product alike. Thanks for the comment lovely xx

  13. July 22, 2020 / 3:47 pm

    Wonderful share Caz, they look fantastic ..a great way to destress and keep one occupied!

    • July 23, 2020 / 4:45 pm

      There are some really stunning designs available! Glad you liked the post, thanks, Nisha 🌷 xx

  14. July 22, 2020 / 4:20 pm

    Those are such great ideas to spend your free time and also create a personal art project. I personally never tried before and is something I will definitely keep in mind.

    • July 23, 2020 / 5:29 pm

      It’s definitely worth keeping in mind if you felt like trying something new. I quite like the idea of a ‘project’ where you can settle your focus and achieve something while enjoying the creative process. xx

  15. July 22, 2020 / 8:38 pm

    What a great idea Caz. I just never thought of it before, but I can see how relaxing and at the same time creative it would be.

    • July 23, 2020 / 5:31 pm

      It was fun to research this a little more & see all the gorgeous design templates that are available! 😄 xx

  16. July 23, 2020 / 3:47 pm

    In these times where the chronically ill and elderly should spend more time in the safety of their homes, this appears to be a wonderful hobby. Creativiity always promotes positivty. xo

    • July 23, 2020 / 5:32 pm

      Creativity for positive, that’s a win right there. Arts & crafts are a great stay at home option, I totally agree.x

  17. July 23, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    Lovely post!!

    • July 23, 2020 / 5:37 pm

      Thanks, Leyla – Glad you liked it! 🤗 x

  18. July 24, 2020 / 12:14 pm

    I had paper dolls. I loved making paper snowflakes, origami, paper airplanes, and handmade cards!

    • July 30, 2020 / 3:17 pm

      Sounds like you know your way around paper cutting & paper crafts, Laura! I’ve often wondered about trying origami. Do you ever do that any more? I’ll have to see if there are some how-to videos online! 🤓 xx

  19. July 25, 2020 / 9:34 pm

    Just wonderful ! 🤗 👍👍👍

    • July 30, 2020 / 3:18 pm

      Glad you thought so 😄 x

  20. July 26, 2020 / 8:55 am

    Those are so detailed! Really amazing to see what can be made with just scissors and paper!

    • July 30, 2020 / 3:18 pm

      Pretty cool, huh? 😄

  21. July 26, 2020 / 5:35 pm

    I’m not allowed to handle blades, knives, or other sharp objects. Apparently I’m a danger to myself and others. Mostly myself.

    • July 26, 2020 / 5:36 pm

      Lulu: “Maybe mostly yourself, Dada, but we’re not taking any chances.”
      Charlee: “Especially not us cats with our very long tails and propensity for sitting in human laps.”
      Chaplin: “So hands off the scissors!”

      • July 30, 2020 / 3:19 pm

        Better stay away from the paper, too, just in case of deadly paper cuts! 😂

  22. July 30, 2020 / 11:44 am

    Wow! Some of these are absolutely exquisite! I am blown away!!! 😃💕😊Cheers and Thank You! Love making beautiful bookmarks idea…

    • July 30, 2020 / 3:20 pm

      They have some gorgeous designs, don’t they? I’m really glad you liked the suggestions, Katy – thanks for the great comment! xx

    • July 30, 2020 / 9:58 pm

      I saw your post with the messages – that’s very kind of you, thank you!!  ♥🌹 xx

  23. July 31, 2020 / 1:47 pm

    I love crafts so thank you for posting about them

    • July 31, 2020 / 3:18 pm

      That’s great to hear, I hope you liked the inspiration 😄

  24. August 2, 2020 / 1:51 pm

    I love this post so much, thank you for sharing such wonderful craft ideas Xx

    • August 2, 2020 / 5:02 pm

      I’m really glad you liked it! 🤗 xx

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