Paper cutouts are a low-cost way to be creative and add personality to crafts and art projects. Paper cutouts require few materials and can be completely in a short amount of time. They can be as simple as a heart cut from folded paper, or intricate designs carved with a hobby knife. A picnic table is a great starter image for beginning crafters because its outline is relatively easy to cut.
Items you will need
- Transfer paper
- Hobby knife
- Cutting surface
Draw the outline of a picnic table onto a piece of paper. Note where the white spaces are in the design. For example, there will be white space between the table and benches. If you cannot draw a picnic table freehand, search for a picnic table silhouette image online and print it from your computer.
Place the picnic table drawing on top of a piece of transfer paper. Make sure the transfer paper is dark-side down, and then place the stack onto the paper you wish to use for the cutout. Trace the outline of the picnic table so that the design transfers onto the bottom piece of paper. Clip the pages together with a paper clip so they do not move while you are tracing. When you lift the transfer paper, you should see the outline of the picnic table on the paper for the cutout.
Cut out the picnic table. Using a scissors for the blunt end and sides, and a hobby knife for intricate, hard-to-reach areas. When using the hobby knife, hold the paper taut against your cutting surface and poke the paper with the end. Slowly drag the knife toward you. Readjust the paper as necessary so that you are always pulling the knife toward you.
Tips & Warnings
- If the paper ripples while cutting, change the blade on your craft knife.
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