Make: Edward Scissorhands Topiary Paper Art!

One of my favorite October movies also happens to be one of the most unlikely Halloween movie family classics ever! Almost everything about Edward Scissorhands is just a little….peculiar.

The setting, the characters, the story, the hairstyles – and of course, the topiary art – it’s all so fantastically quirky. And yet – just like the ’90s – that is exactly the charm. If you haven’t watched it with your (maybe, older) kids yet, I highly recommend a showing. Also…young Johnny and Winona….*sigh*.

This original papercraft, inspired by Edward Scissorhands’ own unique talent, is a fun way for your littles to recreate the magic of the movie without the razorblade digits (yikes!). You can print out our free topiary patterns, then use cookie cutters or free-draw to create your own topiary art. Just add snow!

Planning a throwback spooky movie night, or introducing your kids to an old favorite? Visit our collection of 90s family Halloween movie + craft ideas to make it a true occasion! Or find a good flick among our list of 50 family movie and craft ideas for any season!

To make Edward Scissorhands Topiary paper art you’ll need:



  • Cookie Cutters for tracing shapes

DIY Edward Scissorhands Topiary Paper Art Instructions:

  1. Print our free topiary art patterns

    Simply download and print our free foliage pattern printable, then free draw or trace fun objects on the foliage using cookie cutters.
    Make your own topiary art in the style of Edward Scissorhands - a fun paper craft for kids!

  2. Cut out traced topiary shapes

    Carefully cut out your topiary shapes.

  3. Glue onto our Edward Scissorhands background (or your own!)

    Our free printable includes a colorful house and fence background that might look familiar if you’ve seen the movie!

    You can glue your cut-out shapes onto our background (you can use our full-color version, the black and white version you can color in) or make your own with construction paper!

Need a little inspiration? Director Tim Burton has always been known for his imaginative movie aesthetic, and the set design for Edward Scissorhands is among my very favorites! If you happen to live near my old home in San Diego, you can visit Harper’s Topiary Garden – a real-life Edward Scissorhands experience! Or watch the process of designers plan and put together versions of the famous movie topiaries below. It might even inspire you to bend a wire armature for a mini topiary of your own…

Voila – creative art Edward himself would be proud of! Even if you skip the movie, the message of this ’90s cult classic endures…make something different, make something wild, make your time here matter – and above all, make your strengths everyone’s successes. When creative thinking and individuality rule, we all win.

Make your own topiary art in the style of Edward Scissorhands using cookie cutters and a free printable - a fun paper craft for kids! | via barley & birch

If this throwback trip has you hungry for more (‘ya filthy animal!), you absolutely MUST visit our full collection of 90s activities, games, and crafts.

If you’re here for the eccentric Halloween crafting, you will not be disappointed by our possessed bone salt dough STEAM project, bewitching DIY bendable bats, and this not-so-scary faux bat taxidermy art.

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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