Free Paper Cutting Patterns

Kate Miller-Wilson
paper butterfly

Paper cutting patterns can help you create beautiful designs for use in card making, scrapbooking, or as simple decorations. All you need to create gorgeous paper art is a pair of sharp scissors, your printer, and a few free patterns.

Free Printable Patterns

These free patterns are easy and fun to use. Here's how:

  1. Click on the image of the pattern file and save it to your computer.
  2. Print the file on your home printer.
  3. Fold the paper in half as shown on the fold line.
  4. Using your scissors, cut along the cut line. Discard the remaining paper scraps.
  5. Carefully unfold your design and turn the paper over so the fold lines don't show.
Finished Cutout Click to Download Ideas for Use
swan cutout

Use this row of birds cutout to decorate a scrapbook page or add a cute touch to a wrapped gift.

butterfly
This easy butterfly cutout is fun for kids and beginners. Try making it out of colored paper and hanging it from a piece of ribbon.
swan heart cutout
Use this swan cutout in a Valentine's Day or wedding card or to decorate a special gift.

More Patterns for Paper Cutting

If you're looking for more paper cutting designs, try the following patterns for additional projects:

Origami Snowflakes

Learn how to cut paper snowflakes using these easy, step-by-step instructions. You'll also learn how to embellish your snowflakes in fun and creative ways to make beautiful winter decorations for your home.

Papercut Hearts

Martha Stewart Crafts has directions for making a paper heart that would make a beautiful Valentine's gift or be a fun way to decorate a card or scrapbook page. The technique used here is Scherenschnitte, an elaborate style of paper cutting that originated in Germany.

Paper Silhouettes

Design Sponge has instructions for making custom paper silhouettes that you can frame to give as gifts or use to decorate your home. These simple instructions will show you how to transform a profile photograph into a beautiful keepsake.

Assorted Paper Cutting Patterns

Craftster.org has a wide variety of paper cutting patterns you can use to create anything from a sweet greeting to a holiday decoration. Some designs are easy enough for kids, while others will challenge experienced adult crafters. You'll find everything from Scherenschnitte patterns to simple designs.

So Many Fun Uses

Paper crafting takes on a whole new level of fun when you incorporate paper cutting patterns in your projects. From home decor to card making, there are all kinds of ways to use these patterns.

Free Paper Cutting Patterns