Paper piecing is creating art using cut up pieces of paper. You form the different pieces of paper together to create a picture. Trust me it's easy. Especially when you've got a pattern to work with. You cannot fail!
You can get really creative with this kind of craft. Try using different decorative and patterned papers to put your paper piecing project together. This gives it an interesting effect and texture. You can even go a little further and use fabric or felt instead of paper. This will make for some really interesting baby nursery wall art.
One of the easiest ways for someone to create this kind of art is to use a pattern. There are a couple of ways to go about using a pattern for paper piecing projects. You can cut the patterns by hand with scissors, or even use a die cutting machine. I will assume tat many of you won't already have a die cut machine so I'll outline cutting these patterns by hand.
To cut by hand you can choose to either print the pattern straight onto the papers you will use for the project, or you can print the pattern onto plain paper and cut the pieces out. After you cut the pieces out you just trace them onto your decorative paper and then cut those pieces out. The latter would work the best if you have papers too thick to print onto.
But why not think outside of the box with this? Pop it in a frame or paint a background on canvas and glue the paper piecing to the canvas. Create the entire project on fabric and place it in a embroidery hoop to hang on the wall.
On Using Patterns...
And you know, you do not necessarily have to use a pattern to create these kind of art projects. Say you have found a picture in a book or magazine that you really would like to create some baby nursery wall art with. Here's how to make the pattern yourself. It's Easy! Go out and get yourself a pad of tracing paper. Lay the paper over the picture you want to create. Now you are not going to simply trace the picture. It's a little more complicated than that, but still really easy. What you want to do is trace each shape on the page individually. So, say the picture is of a cute gingerbread house and tree and sun, etc... First trace the house outline, then move the paper over a bit, trace the windows, move the paper over, trace the door, move the paper, and keep going like that. So that you have a separate shape for each and every part of the picture. Viola! There's your pattern! Now either print it onto several colored and patterned paper (make sure and print onto the back of the paper, not the decorative side). Cut all of the shapes out and piece the paper back together to form the picture. It will look great!
If you want the nursery wall art to be bigger, or even smaller, just use your computer scanner(or take the pattern to a local copy shop or even use the library copier) to reduce or enlarge the picture as needed.
One thing I gotta tell you, when your cutting these shapes - it is almost impossible to cut them out perfectly. Don't worry about it. The shapes do not have to come out perfect. In the end, when you piece all of the paper together it will look great, regardless of imperfection.
Some of the paper piece projects I show on this page actually came from the Scrapbook Etc... website. They have a great collection of paper piece patterns for download. You will have to register with the site to use them, but that's no biggie, just opt out of their newsletter and stuff if you don't wish to receive anything.
The monarch butterfly and cute tree are creations of my own. You can download them right here!
For the Butterfly I pieced together several decorative scrapbooking papers. I used a pink vellum for accents on the wings, and glitter cardstock for the butterfly body.
For the tree project I printed the pattern I created onto brown cardstock. I cut the tree out and glued it down to some cardstock. I used a small heart shaped paper punch to make the leaves, which were punches from a decorative green patterned scrapbook paper, and the berries were made using a small hole punch. I punched them out of pink vellum.
To let you in on one more little secret, you can create these paper piecing nursery wall decor projects even more easily using decorative paper punches. You can create entire scenes using almost nothing but paper punches. Use flower shapes, and hearts, and decorative border punches to create shapes. Use your imagination! It's one of the easiest ways to create one of these paper piecing projects.