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Rice-Paper Wall Art

These botanical motifs, cut like paper snowflakes, pay tribute to Hawaiian quilts. You can frame a single cutout or an arrangement of them, in one color or in several.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2009


  • Background paper (any color)

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Rice-paper

  • Iron

  • Glue Stick

  • Eraser


  1. Cut a piece of background paper (your choice) to fit inside the frame.

  2. Map out the design: With a clear grid ruler and a pencil, lightly draw squares in any configuration to guide the placement of motifs.

  3. Cut rice-paper squares to fit inside each marked space in the grid. Fold each square, following our preparing appliques how-to and using the ti-leaf template (resize it as needed to fit the folded paper triangle). Cut out motifs as directed, and unfold them. (If the creases are highly visible after unfolding, press them with a hot iron (no steam).

  4. Coat back of motifs with a glue stick, and adhere each to background paper, using pencil lines on grid as guides. Using a clean eraser, remove any visible lines. Let dry. Insert finished work in frame.

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