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« on: January 30, 2004 11:33:17 AM »

I have a bunch of Chinese papercuts that my sister gave me on her return from China (picking up my new niece, yay!) and I don't know what to do with them.  Any cool ideas?

They are kind of like this, less ornate.

http://funalliance.com/all/papercut/htm/720000874.htm
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2004 11:41:07 AM »

Yes, I obviously thought of that.  I would like to do something more crafty with them though, hence my posting to a crafty board!   Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2004 11:58:59 AM »

How about decoupaging them onto a lampshade so the light shines through the cutouts in the design? You could maybe make sure that the light ONLY comes out of the cutouts by painting the lampshade in a very opaque paint everywhere except where you're going to put the papercuts.
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2004 12:02:45 PM »

Ooo, that's a great idea!  Maybe even make a lantern thing with them on the side!
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2004 12:33:15 PM »

perhaps a wall sconce or a nightlight, or maybe just something similar you could put a tealight behind.
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2004 01:00:26 PM »

What if you either carefully sewed them onto sheer curtains, or sewed curtains with pockets, such that the papercuts would sit in them, letting light shine through?  

I think it would be _awesome_ to make a pocket skirt like this, but I'm often the only one who likes wild skirts like that.  And no light would shine through, unless you wear lightbulb underwear.

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2004 01:46:52 PM »

Good ideas, girls.  Light bulb underwear, now THAT'S an idea!

I think I will investigate a paper lantern/hanging thing for the window.  
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2004 01:56:33 PM »

my mom picked some up when we went to china, but they were people.  she just framed them.

I think they'd look awesome as a journal cover, especially if you layered it with some silk underneith....  *drool*

this reminds me, one of those paper cuts was this really cool looking girl...  must remember to convince my mom to give it to me!
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2004 02:00:27 PM »

those would make interesting stencils.  i'd carefully outline it onto transparentcy, then cut out the shape with an exacto.     then u still have the original !
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2004 02:13:59 PM »

I really like the idea of mounting it on silk... Depending on how much you're willing to spend, you could make a headboard with a silk front in a contrasting color, and mount the papercut on top. What's especially great is if you combined all the above ideas (stencilling in order to make copies, lampshade, etc.) you could redecorate an entire room based on the motif. For instance, if you decided to do your bedroom, you could do the headboard, have a lamp with the lampshade on your side table, sheer curtains with the papercut design, and maybe even a bedspread wtih the design, too!

I'm sorry, I get so caught up in things! I'm seriously jealous of you and your papercut opportunities now...  Grin
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