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75 Photos Of Amazing Paper Art

Many people see art as something with many barriers to entry – maybe the materials are expensive, maybe you don’t have the space, or maybe you think it’s difficult, requiring many specialized tools. Sometimes that’s true, but the artists here have created incredible works using almost nothing but paper and scissors or knives.

Besides their stunning mastery of paper, these works grabbed our attention because of how they changed our perspective on paper. Many of us have some form of paper or another within hand’s reach most of the time, and yet we never think about the extraordinarily beautiful pieces of paper art that we could create with them if we ever took the time to try.

The next time you’re about to throw out a grocery receipt or gum wrapper, try to fold or cut it into something beautiful. Maybe you’ll get a flash of inspiration and create a work of art!

One Sheet of Paper by Peter Callesen

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Quilled Paper Portraits by Yulia Brodskaya

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Folded Paper Art by Simon Schubert

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Animal Paper Sculptures by Calvin Nicholls

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Paper Cut Art by Hina Aoyama

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Origami Masks by Joel Cooper

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Tree Carved From McDonald’s Paper Bag by Yuken Teruya

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Laser Cut Paper Art by Eric Standley

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Paper Cut Tapestries by Tomoko Shioyasu

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Paper Sculptures by Jen Stark

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Origami Street Art by Mademoiselle Maurice

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Anatomical Cross-Sections Made of Rolled Paper by Lisa Nilsson

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Paper Landscape by Eiko Ojala

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Handcut Paper Art by Lisa Rodden

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Paper Art by Cheong-ah Hwang

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Intricate Paper Art by Bovey Lee

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Origami by Nguyen Hung Cuong

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Paper Portraits by Anant Nanvare

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Paper Birds by Diana Beltran Herrera

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  • Maren-Hjördis Wulf


  • Mindaugas Meilūnas


  • Lucy Reed

    Impressive, wow

  • Aster Eben-Scot

    fire :c

  • Hassan Ali Khalid

    A Plane.

  • Pernille Østrup

    Det er simpelthen for vildt

  • Lina Bariani

    A story.

  • Becky Stothard

    Ben Haytack

  • Jeannette Ault

    What incredible talent!

  • Buket Durmus

    exam paper.

  • Jerry Goldberg

    A joint :)

  • Joy Chesna

    paper dolls and colored cut out spirals as ceiling hanging

  • Pernille Prebensen

    Peter is amazing!!

  • Terry Teatowel

    Toilet paper on a late train to Richmond.

  • Amanda Mandy

    so beautiful!

  • Ester Kyed Jensen

    Mette :)

  • Michelle Fisher

    so cool Tony Vila

  • Sheila McOshawott

    A bowtie

  • Agnes Touboul


  • Amanda Elisabeth Vogler

    Well, I kinda made a snowball once.

  • Gwénaëlle Dupré

    howling castel

  • Karen Gillett

    bank notes…. the prison guards are lovely here ;)

  • Kelly Rau

    Taylor Rau

  • Anna Tavia


  • Dawn Hogan-Tagtmeier

    The Let it Be studio, complete with tiny joint sitting on edge of piano, for a sophomore art project. :)

  • ”Justin Sane”

    A cheque

  • Kerri Kelly


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  • Glen David Traubenkraut

    my wife practices the decorative art of Scherenschnitte (German scissors paper cutting) and she is amazed at the artistry :-)

  • Sheila Fowler

    more paper ;)

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