Free paper cutout templates for kids and parents

I just completed my residency at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. As part of my residency, I developed several paper cutout templates for kids. The designs are flower (new and only in the download version), snowflake, tiger (for Chinese New Year of the Tiger), frog, butterfly, and fish. I had the best time watching kids and their parents cut together and made this a fun family project.

Kid cutting the templates at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

After the great success of this past weekend’s workshop, some of you requested to have these templates available for download. Click here to download (PDF file, 9 pages, 3.2MB).

Bovey Lee paper cutout templates for kids and parents cover

The template booklet includes simple instructions: print it out on regular Xerox paper or any paper you like that is not too thick. Dotted line means to fold (except the fish doesn’t require folding). Cut away the gray area.

To make cutting safe, please have kids using safety scissors. A useful cutting tip is to first cut the large shape on the outside and then the smaller shapes on the inside. For the inside details, fold the area and cut a small slit to allow scissors to work around the shapes.

I asked the kids at the Museum to glue their cutouts onto color papers. Glue stick works the best and it is easier if you smear glue all over the color paper instead of the paper cutout itself. To hide the dotted fold line and remaining gray area, use the back of the cutout instead.

My paper cutout templates for kids

In terms of technical ability, my observation is that some kids could do even better than adults. Toddlers will need quite a bit of help. But older kids will find them fun while challenging.

The butterfly, fish, and tiger are more advance. To warm up to them, start with the flower, frog, and snowflake.

To see the action shots of me cutting these templates with the children and their parents at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, visit my Web site at under “News.”

27 thoughts on “Free paper cutout templates for kids and parents

  1. Many thanks for your coutout templates. I am training to be a child pyschotherapist and will try them out on a little girl today. She loves making things.


  2. Thanks so much for the templates. I do a lot of work with children trying to teach them the history of paper cutting and these templates will help with my instructions. Linda Bee

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  4. Have you ever thought about creating an e-book or
    guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog centered on the same subjects you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my subscribers would value your work. If you are
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  5. Thanks so much for this template packet. I use it to instruct children and adults in the ancient art of paper cutting and this packet is a big bonus for the teachers to take to the classroom with your address and how they can get more info. Thanks again.

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  7. Hi! Thanks for providing the beautiful patterns. They have a copyright symbol on them. Am I allowed to print one out for my daughter to cut out?

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