How to Make a Papercut Picture By Hand

Ever wanted to know how to make a papercut picture by hand?

These day with machines like Cricut and Silhouette, papercutting is a breeze. But attempting a new craft — particularly one that uses your hands — is really fun!

Over the years, I’ve made flower wreaths; learned how to make pom poms — with a pom pom maker.

And also learned how to make a papercut picture by hand.

Craft Blog Club

A few years ago, I joined a Craft Blog Club on Twitter.

It was a lovely group of people, who would chat about crafting on a Tuesday night.

One year, we all agreed to take part in a craft-style ‘Secret Santa’. We were given a name and an address of our swap partner and told to make something.

I decided to make a papercut picture by hand.

It was my first attempt; a far cry from the complicated cuts I produce for my website!

So after a little bit of head-scratching — and a few hours of graft (not to mention quite a sore index finger!) — I worked out how to make a papercut picture.

I’ve show the steps here, if you’d like to try it yourself.

How to Make a Papercut Picture By Hand

1. I created a design on the computer, flipped it, then printed it out…

2. I stuck the design on a clean piece of thin white card. And began to cut away the white pieces of the design with my scalpel.

I got a pretty sore index finger from pressing down on my scalpel, but it was soon forgotten as I saw that little pile of paper cut-outs beginning to stack up!
Seeing the image emerge was fantastic!
Not too much more to do…

3. I carried on cutting until there was nothing left apart from the frame of paper.

4. I carefully separated the card from the paper.

Et Voila!

5. And I was left with my final design, face down on the cutting mat.

6. Next, I laid my finished paper-cut onto a piece of dry, adhesive covered paper.

And put a piece of paper over the top to protect my work.

7. Then very gently rubbed over the design, to make sure the adhesive covered the back of the paper-cut.

8. Next I carefully stuck it onto a piece of midnight blue card. Ready to be framed.

how to make a papercut picture — 20. Et Voila.

Et Voila

My very first attempt at making a paper-cut picture!

Maybe I should have designed a less complicated one for my first go. But all in all I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!

It’s inspired me to design some more and perhaps even begin selling them on my website.

So, from a hurried acceptance to join a virtual Craft Blog Club on Twitter, making this Secret Santa present has been a gift in itself!

It has given me the impetus to learn a new craft and — it’s one I’ve enjoyed so much — I am inspired to continue (and will look into doing it commercially). Designing stuff is in my blood — I’ve made a career out of it — so a new medium to discover is really exciting!

Finally, I mounted my paper-cut again onto an off-white piece of card, ready for framing, and sent it off to my Secret Santa recipient :)

Was so excited to receive a tweet to say that it had arrived safely; and really happy that Jess liked her picture! I look forward to seeing a pic of it framed and hanging on her wall, across the pond in the US of A.

32 thoughts on “How to Make a Papercut Picture By Hand”

  1. WOW! I literally could not believe how fab it looked! I love these prints and would love to have a go. You inspire me with your crafts so much. Jess xx


    • Aaah thanks lovely! It was such a nice thing to do! Lovely to see it hanging up on her wall when it arrived at it’s destination too! She lives in the states so it had a bit of a long journey! :)

    • Hi Ditza, thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t remember exactly where I bought the adhesive from. I’ll have a look and see if I have any left — then I’ll be able to let you know the name :)

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