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Paper Cutting Tutorial: Water Lily Magic
Like a water lily rising to the surface of a calm pond, Mom brings strength and beauty to this world. As if by magic, she conjures up light on a dark day, invokes pure joy through a laugh, and brings comfort with a soothing hug.
Let’s get started and create! These steps are easy to follow and make a wonderful handmade gift for Mother’s Day or for any time of the year. Have fun with this paper cutting tutorial!
Prep: First, we need these materials and tools for our paper cutting art work:
♥ White Marker/Pen
♥ Shadowbox Frame (I used 5″x5″, but the instructions can be easily adjusted to fit another size.)
♥ Paper Cutting Art Template (Save the template to your desktop and print at 100%. Everything is colored in, so you will only need 1 sheet of white paper — preferably heavy stock. If you don’t have a colored printer, no worries! Use the pictures below as your guide and trace each step using white, green, yellow, and blue paper.)
Creative Space: Once you have these 5 materials on hand, you’ve got everything you need. Brew a hot cup of coffee or tea, put on some music, and bring these materials to your favorite spot….Are you ready? Great! Now, to the paper cutting!
Step 1: Cut out the 5″x5″ blue square from your printed template. (Not so bad, right? 😉 )
Step 2: To create the illusion of water, grab your white marker/pen and draw some curvy lines across your blue square. Go crazy! Draw a few tiny white circles to make small air bubbles in your pond. Remember, if you make it with love, you can’t go wrong. It’s your pond, so wherever you choose to place them will be A-OK. 😉
Step 3: Onward! To the lily pads! Cut out the two green lily pads from your template. Once they’re cut, make little notches along the outside of the lily pads to give them texture.
Step 4: Next, let’s add some leaves to our pond. Cut out the 6 dark green leaves from your template. Once cut, fold each leaf in half to bring out the 3D!
Step 5: Now come our water lily petals! From your template, cut out the three petal outlines labeled “Large Water Lily.” You’ll need all three to make one large water lily.
Step 6: Cut out the remaining four petal outlines from your template. We’ll use these to form our two small water lilies.
Step 7: To add a touch of yellow at the center of your water lilies, cut out the three yellow strips from your template. Once those are cut, use your scissors to create tiny cuts along the strips, like below…
Step 8: Spin each yellow strip into a circle and add a touch of glue at the end. Keep spinning until all three yellow strips are complete!
Step 9: Voila! Your three yellow circles should be glued and look like the pic below. Now everything has been cut from your template. Remember to recycle the leftover paper for your next cut paper project!
Hope you’re enjoying our paper cutting adventure so far! 🙂 Grab another sip of your favorite beverage because it’s time to bring it all together…
Step 10: Time for glue! Starting with the large water lily, glue the three pieces together at the center, with the smallest piece going on top. Make sure to stagger the petals so the petals don’t overlap on top of each other. Do the same for the two small water lilies. Each small water lily will have two pieces glued together at the center.
Step 11: The glue on your three yellow paper circles should be almost dry. Bend the notches outwards, so they can bloom, like below…
Step 12: Glue the yellow circles onto the center of each water lily. Once the glue has slightly dried, you can lift up the petals to make them 3D. Go on, fluff up those petals! I’ll wait…
Step 13: Ready? It’s out last step! The final act — placement and composition! Place the lily pads, leaves, and water lilies onto your pond (formerly known as the blue square). Choose whichever placement works best for you! Have fun! Try different layouts and once you’re happy with it — glue the pieces down and place in your shadowbox frame. Below are a few options, but the possibilities are endless!
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Thank you so much for following along! And thank you, MOM! I celebrate YOU and all the strong women in our lives — women who are resilient, create beauty in their wake, and never stop believing. These water lilies are for you. Happy Mother’s Day!
Until next time,
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