Hearth Magic to Bless the New Year: Papercutting

hny20173I do papercutting to bless my home for the year ahead.

Sometimes I do it New Year’s Day. Sometimes I wait until the initial hubbub of the New Year has passed.

For a kitchen witch and anyone else who wants to do it, this magic is so easy that children can join in.

My ritual is simple and unadorned: I tend to make a new papercutting or two for my hutch every year at this time.

hny3Instead, you could put your cutting on your refrigerator, in a frame on the wall, or anywhere else.

You can cut symbols to represent your wishes, and color the paper cutting, but none of that’s necessary. The important things to me are: 1) a new paper cutting represents a fresh new start in the New Year, as if I’m letting go of any past debris, and 2) the simple bit of crafting can be considered a house blessing.

The paper in these photos is just plain ol’ letter-size copy paper. Use paper bags, newspaper, magazines, origami paper, or any other paper you have on hand.

For more about papercutting, check out my blog https://www.outlawbunny.com/2011/12/29/paper-cutting-shelf-paper-hearth-blessing/ … My goodness, I wrote that five years ago. Time flies!

Happy new year!


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6 Responses to Hearth Magic to Bless the New Year: Papercutting

  1. Brooke A Berman says:

    I love your paper-cutting!! I do a collage every New Years Day and find, in some way, a similar blessing. New paper art for the new year. Bless you, Francesca!

    • Francesca De Grandis says:

      Thank you so much! I love what you do every year, what a lovely idea! Sounds powerful and, yes, in the same spirit as my new year paper cuttings. Hugs and blessings.

  2. Deb Smith says:

    I might be repeating myself, but I absolutely adore how much of your magic is done through art!

    • Francesca De Grandis says:

      Hi Deb, no I don’t think you’ve ever told me that. Thank you so much! Your remark makes me happy. Yes, a lot of my magic is done through art. I also do it through cooking, formal ritual, and a million other ways. Quite honestly, I just love ritual, period, LOL!

  3. Brianne says:

    I love your paper cutting! I have been obsessed with trying to make my own the past couple of weeks. This motivates me to get off of Pinterest and actually make something.

    • Francesca De Grandis says:

      Oh, it makes me feel so good that this motivated you. Let me know how the paper cutting goes. Thanks for your compliment!

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