Paper art designs go great with homemade cards.
Paper art designs go great with homemade cards.
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Paper art designs put a common craft material -- paper -- to extraordinary use. Mobiles, stained glass and mosaics get an easy-to-do makeover with these paper art crafts.

In no time kids will be creating works of art that you'll want for every room in the house. Use these paper crafts to help your little Picasso get started.

Follow the links to start creating gorgeous paper art designs:

Paper Cutouts

Paper doesn't have to stay flat. Cut out the extra work with these easy paper art designs that pop.

Swirling Paper Twirls

A paper art design is three times as nice when it's in 3-D. Find out how to put a twist on your paper art designs with this craft.

Stained Glass Sun Catcher

Stained glass without the glass? Find out how to use paper to create a stained-glass effect in this paper art design.

Paper Mosaic

Paper stands in for tiles in this paper craft mosaic. Find out how to create your own using these instructions.

Start out simple with the first craft -- all you need are scissors and your imagination to create a unique design.

Paper Cutouts

For this pattern, cut L-shapes as shown.
For this pattern, cut L-shapes as shown.
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Hang these paper art designs on a Christmas tree, in a window, or from a mobile. You can even paste this paper craft on a handmade card.

What You'll Need:

  • Drawing paper
  • Blunt scissors
  • Ruler

How to Make Paper Cutouts:

Step 1: Fold a piece of paper in half. Starting at the fold, cut repeated lines, arches, or L-shapes in the paper as shown.

Bend every other strip outward.
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Step 2: Unfold the paper and bend every other strip outward.

Step 3: Cut an 8-inch circle from a piece of paper. Fold it in half, and then fold it in half again.

Step 4: Starting at the double-fold, cut curved lines along the curve to 1/2 inch from the single fold. Open it up and bend every other strip -- one toward you and one away from you on each side.

Experiment with other shapes, and use your paper cutouts for ornaments or mobile decorations.

Paper gets a twirly makeover in the next craft. Find out how by continuing to the next page.

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Swirling Paper Twirls

Gently roll the paper around itself.
Gently roll the paper around itself.
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Twirl paper to create savvy paper art designs. A quilling tool will spin you in the right direction for this paper craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Quilling tool
  • Quilling strips
  • Toothpicks
  • Craft glue
  • Wax paper

How to Make Swirling Paper Twirls:

Step 1: To make a circular twirl, slip the end of a quilling strip into the slit on the quilling tool, and gently roll the paper around itself. Let go, and slip the paper twirl off the tool. Use a toothpick to apply a bit of glue to the outside end of the paper strip to create a round shape.

Step 2: Create a variety of shapes by using different lengths of quilling strips and pinching paper twirls. Try these simple shapes in combinations to create your own design:

Try out different shapes like these.
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  • Teardrop: Repeat step 1 to make a circular twirl, and pinch 1 edge.
  • Triangle: Repeat step 1 to make a circular twirl, and pinch 3 edges.
  • Heart: Fold a paper strip in half, and twirl each end toward the middle.
  • S-shape: Twirl one end of a quilling strip toward the middle. Twirl the other end in the other direction toward the middle.

Step 3: Lay the finished shapes on wax paper. Glue the shapes together to create various designs.

Glue the shapes together.
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Try this: Attach your finished designs to blank note cards or frame them in a shadowbox against a black paper background.

For a paper craft that will brighten your day, continue to the next page to find out how to make a paper art design that will catch sunlight.

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Stained Glass Sun Catcher

Punch 2 holes on plates.
Punch 2 holes on plates.
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This paper art design brings sunlight into your home. Creating a stained-glass effect doesn't have to be time consuming with this paper craft.

What You'll Need:

  • 6 clear plastic plates
  • Tissue paper (assorted colors)
  • 2 paper clips
  • Suction cup with hook
  • Glue stick
  • Paper punch

How to Make Stained Glass Sun Catcher:

Step 1: Tear several sheets of tissue paper into small pieces. Arrange overlapping pieces on a clear plate, using a dab of glue to hold them in place. Repeat on 2 more plates.

Step 2: Dab more glue over the top of the tissue paper, and lay another plate on top of each finished plate, sandwiching the tissue between the 2 plates.

Step 3: Punch 2 holes in the rim of 2 places, directly across from each other. Punch one hole in the rim of the other plate.

Step 4: Bend open 2 paper clips, and slip one end through the hole in one plate and the other end through one of the holes in the second plate.

Step 5: Slip one end of the second clip into the other hole in that plate and the other end through one of the holes in the last plate.

Connect with paper clips.
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Step 6: Slide the hook of a suction cup through the last hole for hanging (this is the top of the sun catcher).

Step 7: Press the suction cup to a window, where the sun will shine through the colored tissue.

Cut paper instead of tiles to create a mosaic in the next paper craft.

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Paper Mosaic

Paper Mosaic paper art design
Paper Mosaic paper art design
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Use small pieces of paper to make this mosaic paper art design. Paper shapes can replicate the look of tiles used in a traditional mosaic, making this a one-of-a-kind paper craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Scratch paper
  • Pencil
  • White drawing paper
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Colored foil (optional)
  • Wallpaper sample pages (optional)
  • Paper cutter (optional)
  • Glue stick

How to Make Paper Mosaic:

Step 1: Make a sketch of a scene on a piece of scratch paper. Fill the entire piece of paper with the scene (flowers, birds, tropical fish, and fruit are things that work well for this). When you are happy with your sketch, draw it again on the drawing paper.

Step 2: With scissors or a paper cutter, make 1/2-inch strips of the colored paper, foil and wallpaper samples. Cut the strips into small squares.

Step 3: Paste the paper onto the objects in your picture, and use the colors you have creatively. An apple, for example, can have many colors: light red, dark red, and red/brown that could be used to show shading.

Step 4: Place the squares as close together as possible, leaving white paper showing through to look as though the mosaics are embedded in plaster.

Step 5: When you are done with your picture, mount the finished work on a larger sheet of construction paper for display.

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