Papercuts

I guess most of us have made some versions of these over the years – at least in school. In my family we didn’t use standard paper, we used tissue paper instead. Cutting in the beggining of December, unfolding the “snowflakes” and leaving them in a big book to be pressed for a week or two, then gluing them to the window. Where they’d stay a month or two, until they would be washed off. It’s been a rather lovely art-in-the-moment. I’ve enjoyed cutting these, and I found quite early I had a talent for making these. Over the years I’ve made quite a few – and have sent them to both friends and family all over. The only problem being that I got complaints – how  can I save these? I don’t want to destroy them! Too bad, I said, that’s just the nature of these. They’re very temporary art. Eventually my sweet hubby had had enough of these complaints and bought a laminator. So now I’m cutting, finger-pressing open, then ironing them to remove the creases as much as possible before I laminate them. Then I cut them out free-hand. And finally I punch holes and link them together or add beads and make ornaments – though the latter I only do with the small ones.

I really enjoy making heads, there’s always been princes and princesses on my mum’s windows for christmas. This is a smallish one, 13 cm Ø.

Every year I end up with a new design, this leafy flower is this year’s.

Now all I need to do is to find out how to set up shop, because there is a limit to how many we – or mum – need.

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About thenaughtybun

Mother of two, diagnosed with MS in '94, and have been on a mission ever since. Constantly searching for the best health possible, and trying out all kinds of stuff to be able to live a good life, MS or not. My goal is to leave the MS behind, but that has yet to come (haven't given up hope, though!).
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23 Responses to Papercuts

  1. beautiful. Made me smile.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. painterswife says:

    These are lovely – beautifully done!

  3. These are gorgeous. Very different to the solid looking ones I used to make out of A4 paper!

  4. Sheryll says:

    These are lovely, and what a fabulous idea to laminate them! After five or so years mine were getting tatty and I finally threw them out this year. You’ve inspired me to make some more!

  5. Fiona says:

    What a great idea, these are lovely!

  6. Gorgeous! You should open an Etsy store—I bet you’d do well.

  7. knit1make2 says:

    The delicacy and accuracy of your cutting is amazing! How lovely πŸ™‚

  8. felicia says:

    Wow, these are lovely. I’d recommend you try to sell them. Where I live, the higher the price, the more things sell. I know, I know, it’s crazy.

    • Thank you! I am going to make an effort this year – I’ve folded a couple hundred paper pieces for cutting already. Guess this is the answer to a question I asked myself today: what to make now? As in, I need an easy to carry project to bring to church while I listen to my son rehearse the organ (just finished a knitted blanket). I can bring paper and scissors… πŸ˜ƒ

      • felicia says:

        Good idea. And how priviledged you are to get to listen to live organ rehearsals. Nothing like a massive set of pipes.

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