Têt Decoration – paper cutting

It was the Têt – or Vietnamese New Year – Friday! So many “Asian-y” posts may come up. Today, it’s with the decorations!

Red is the colour to go for! It brings good luck and drives away the Bad one. As it’s going to be the year of the horse, I went for a red horse.

horse 1

I started off sketching out the horse before going back on the outline. Then, I embellished the inside of the horse. I sketched those out and darkened them.

Now the cutting!

horse 2


– make sure that the horse (or whatever you want to cut out) is in contact on multiple places with the frame.

– don’t cut in one go. First cut most of the paper (especially if it’s a  big piece to cut out) and then go over those parts in detail.

– Sometimes it’s easier when it’s the paper which is the one you move and not the scissors when you’re cutting; in particular for rounded edges.

– Don’t try to cut the angles in one go! Do one side, then the other, it will fall off on its own 😉

– Try to take off as much access paper each time possible! But in the same time, keep in mind that those chunks of paper you later want to cut make it easier to hold your decoration.


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