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We’ve teamed up with upcyling experts Ostrero and artist Bryony Knox to create three paper-cut designs inspired by Scottish animals. Choose from a stately stag, a magical unicorn or a red squirrel! The designs are inspired by paper-cut art from Mexico . Look out for some examples in our Patterns of Life gallery.

Museum Maker: How to make paper art

Ages

5+

Level

Beginner, intermediate and advanced options

Recommended for

Families

Duration

20-30 mins

What you need?

  • Scissors (sharp scissors might be best for fiddly bits – ask an adult to help)  
  • A4 paper  
  • Coloured card or paper (optional) 

Want to print this activity?

Download the instructions.

Cut out a Stag, Unicorn or Red Squirrel

Easy - Stag

  1. Fold in half along the dotted line and cut out stag. Do not open yet. 
  2. Fold up bottom third along the dotted line and cut out grass. 
  3. Unfold and flatten. Stick on colour card or window. 

Medium - Unicorn

  • Fold in half along Line No 1 and cut out unicorn 
  • Fold along Lines No 2 and 3 and cut out thistle and heart.  
  • Unfold and flatten. Stick on colour card or window. 

Advanced - Red Squirrel 

  1. To make paper square, cut along the solid line. 
  2. Fold paper along Fold 1, corner to corner. 
  3. Fold paper along Fold 2. 
  4. Fold paper along Fold 3. 
  5. Cut away top corner on all layers. 
  6. Cut out all black areas to cut out squirrel pattern. 
  7. Unfold and flatten. Stick on colour card or window. 

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