If you're looking for a simple craft idea to make over the festive break then why not create your own mini winter wonderland with this paper cut project from Clare Youngs? There's still time to make it for friend if you need that extra special homemade gift to put under the tree too.
How to make a paper-cut woodland scene
This woodland scene with the cheeky fox in the foreground has a charming folk art quality and makes a beautiful handmade gift. You can make it to fit whatever size of square frame you choose.
You will need
Sheet of white letter size (A4) paper
Scalpel or craft knife
Square picture frame
Small piece of drawing (cartridge) paper
Contrasting color letter size (A4) paper
Trace the template of the tree and transfer it to a piece of white paper. Cut the paper to the size of the picture frame, centering the tree in the square.
Place the paper onto a cutting mat and cut out the shapes with a sharp scalpel or craft knife.
Trace the template of the front fox piece and transfer it onto the drawing (cartridge) paper. Cut out the fox section. Score the flaps and bend them back.
Remove the glass from the frame and place the contrast color paper into the back. Place the tree cut-out in position on top and hold in place with a couple of dabs of glue.
Add dabs of glue to the flaps on the front fox piece and stick in position on the bottom of the frame.