It seems like we're seeing gorgeous papercuts everywhere these days and they make very sweet accents in children's rooms. But this is one craft we're definitely intimidated by as it seems to call for a level of patience and exactitude we just don't possess. That is, until we saw Elsa Mora's papercut patterns which seem to demystify the whole process and put it within our diy reach.
You may remember the prints of Elsa's beautiful storybook papercuts we featured back in the fall. She's made similar, simplified versions and turned them into paper patterns that you purchase and cut yourself following her instructions. What better introduction to papercutting (which she insists is actually relaxing!) than this confidence-building exercise.
Her first set of patterns are Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit and Pinocchio. She's working on more including some with a higher difficulty level. The four patterns ($10) come printed on the same professional paper she uses in her own beautiful work - two samples of which you can see below. For instant inspiration you really must check out her blog, The Heart of Papercutting, dedicated to this craft.