Seaside: Printable Paper-Cutting Design


Use our printable paper-cutting designs and decorate your home with this intricate “Seaside” paper art!

This listing is for a downloadable file (PDF + PNG archive with designs). Print and cut as many copies as you want!


This art project captures the scene of where a parent and child have walked side by side along the beach, their footprints about to be washed away by an incoming wave. It’s a symbol of the fleeting moments of childhood and the swift passage of time.

Seaside” is inspired by a picture I have from when we took our son to the beach for the first time. His footprints were tiny then, but they are bigger than mine now. 

It is great for anyone who loves seaside walks, paper-cut art, and handmade gifts. You can give this as a present for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, or any summer celebrations

Two Paper-Cutting Designs

There are two alternative designs you can make: one requires a deep square frame (a.k.a. shadow box), while another one is made as a circle to use as a wreath or to display on the wall without a frame. You will get the designs for both and can make either or both. 

How to Use Our Paper-Cutting Designs

There are several ways to make this art project. Cutting paper with a craft knife is possible but can be challenging. Consider using a paper-cutting machine (like Silhouette Cameo or Cricut) or a laser-cutter (like xTool). The included designs allow you to do either one of the following:

  • use coloured card stock and create your own colour scheme
  • print our designs on white paper and cut them out

Next, assemble the layers. To give this project three-dimensionality, you will need foam tape or foam squares.  Use a good amount of foam squares so that each layer is well-supported on all sides. Align subsequent layers of foam squares for extra structural support.

If you have access to a laser cutter, you can also use these designs to make a durable plywood wreath for outdoor display!

The instructions for cutting and assembly are also included in the product.

Seaside Paper-Cutting Design Features:

  • Step-by-step instructions for crafting this art project either by hand, using a paper-cutting machine, or with a laser cutter
  • PNG designs in colour, ready to print and cut by hand or with your paper-cutting machine
  • PNG designs in black, suitable for uploading to a paper-cutting machine or laser cutter software for cutting from cardstock or plywood
  • two design variations: a circle or a square

Happy crafting!


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