Design • 11 February, 2021 • 3 min read

Chinese Paper Cutting: A How To In 9 Easy Steps

Try our easy tutorial and get inspired by our Chinese paper cutting templates. Perfect to decorate your home for the Lunar New Year, simply fold, draw and cut - no printer required!

By Anders Ekelund
Traditional red Chinese paper cutout held on a mirror


You’ll Need:

Some square paper (red is traditional and often looks the best)
A pair of sharp scissors
A pencil
A flat surface for cutting


Chinese Paper Cutting Templates

Follow the simple 9 step tutorial below and create the most beautiful patterns. Tip: hit screenshot on the pictorial to zoom, save and come back to it later!

Chinese paper cutting tutorial and templates by Mapiful
Chinese paper cutting tutorial and templates by Mapiful

As we mentioned, don’t be afraid to get creative with the patterns! Let your imagination run wild and try different types and styles of template. From flowers to abstract stars to animals like rabbits, snakes or Ox, the possibilities are endless.

Once your paper cutting is complete, you can tape your design to your window or mirror, or hang it with some thin string from a light fixture. As the spring sunlight starts to arrive, it’ll shine through and add a beautiful red glow to your pattern!


About Chinese Paper Cutting

Paper cutting is one of the oldest folk art forms in China. Making the cuttings together with the family is a popular way of celebrating the Lunar New Year and welcoming the spring.  Used as a window decoration, the beautiful paper pattern cuttings are a symbol of fortune and auspiciousness. Predominantly pursued by women, this delicate art form is an extremely meaningful way to decorate your home.

Red Chinese New Year cutting on a window framed by hands

Got leftover paper and still feeling creative? Don’t miss our DIY Nordic Stars – another beautiful and festive way to decorate your home on a budget.

过年好! Happy Lunar New Year!