The Art of Scherenschnitte

originally posted July 1, 2009

Scherenschnitte is the art of paper cutting. The word is German meaning scissor cuts, and it’s a pretty old art form. The cuts are usually made with an Xacto knife or really small scissors {think cuticle scissors}, and designs can be very intricate. My father made these three scherenschnitte Christmas trees about a million years ago.


Now it seems I’m becoming a little bit obsessed with scherenschnitte. I went on a Google search and not a whole lot comes up as far as instruction, but I did find some great blogs, some videos, and a few other sites that I thought I would share so that you guys can start obsessing about scherenschnitte, too.


How to do Scherenschnitte by Cindy Ferguson

Scherenschnitte{this video gives a little bit of history behind the art form}

Scherenschnitte by Kaye Wagner {she’s made a video for each step on how to make a scherenschnitte snowflake}


Scherenschnitte and Paper Cutting Blogs

Scherenschnitte – Cindy Ferguson’s blog

Papercuts by Joe

The Heart of Papercuts


Online Groups

Yahoo Scherenschnitte group


Free Project

Scherenschnitte tree from Leisure Arts {pdf file}


Papercutters with Etsy Shops {if you don’t want to make your own}


Fog and Thistle

Papercut Diecut

Cindy Mindy Pindy


Happy Papercutting!


2 thoughts on “The Art of Scherenschnitte

  1. CreativeLMent March 2, 2012 / 8:49 am

    Just beautiful, thanks for sharing!!

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