"Wycinanki" pronounced Vee-chee-non-kee is the Polish word for 'paper-cut design'. Polish wycinanki became a popular folk craft in the mid-1800's. Colorful wycinanki were pasted on furniture or roof beams as decoration, hung in windows, and given as gifts.The most well known modern styles of Wycinanki comes from two districts. One is the Kurpie cut out. This is usually a symmetrical design, cut from a single piece of colored paper, folded a single time, with spruce trees and birds as the most popular motifs. The second style comes from the area of Lowicz. It is distinguished by the many layers of brightly colored paper used in its composition. (Source)
Grade 4,5 and 6 students made Christmas trees in the Lowicz style. They folded a 12 x 18" piece of green construction paper in half vertically. They drew and cut out a fir tree design, then, keeping it folded, cut the typical wycinanki 'notches' into the edges. Then, using scraps of colored paper from my big box of scrap paper, they added decorations, with the goal of keeping it all fairly symmetrical.
This project took about 2 - 80 minute periods.
The inspiration for this project came from image below which I found online.