We love hummingbirds! Many of us have spotted them outside in our gardens, and Krista has a feeder for them outside her office window. This inspired her to design these papercut hummingbirds, which are an easy craft to make with a cutting machine.
Since there are so many intricate cuts, we do recommend using a cutting machine if you have access to one. But of course, we’ve provided a PDF template if you want to try cutting these by hand with a detail knife.
Find the joy in small things
A hummingbird is an ancient symbol of joy that is thought to bring good luck and positive energy into your life. So if you need a little pick-me-up, crafting these papercut hummingbirds can be a great reminder of that! In our template and SVG file below, you’ll find two different designs — one with floral detail cutouts and one without. To accommodate the floral design, we made these hummingbirds a little larger in size.
Skill level: Beginner
Crafting tips: Wondering what you can do with these papercut hummingbirds? String them up as a hanging decoration for a garden party, create a garland for a kid’s room, use them as a gift topper, or tape them to a skewer and stick them in a flower bouquet. If you’d like, you can also use our pattern as an iron-on design.
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- Lia Griffith Frosted Craft Paper – Conifer Pack (#3 & 4), Berry Pack (#4), and Melon Pack (#2)
- Spray Mount Adhesive or Adhesive Dot Roller
- Embroidery Floss — DMC Gold
How to Make Papercut Hummingbirds
- Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the pattern below.
- Cut out and score paper using a cutting machine (recommended) or by hand with a detail knife.
- Working with one of the cut out birds, mask off the wing with a scrap piece of paper so that it does not get glue on it. Spray the body of the bird with an even layer of adhesive spray. If you choose to use a glue dot roller or other adhesive instead, just apply glue all on the body of the bird up to the score line on the wing.
- If you want to use the hummingbirds for hanging or as a gift topper, cut some embroidery floss and press the end (or ends) onto the adhesive on the bird.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
Love this project? For more ideas like this one, check out our other paper decor crafts.