Polish american heritage Wycinanki is a folk art paper cutting technique used with scissors to create a pattern of detailed and intricate images. Wycinanki originated with shepherds cutting designs out of tree bark and leather. Colorful wycinanki were pasted on furniture or roof beams as decoration, hung in windows and given as gifts. Wycinanki vary in regions. For example, the Kurpie region are typically one color, while the Lowicz region are multiclored. Subject matter includes peacock, roosters, birds, flowers, Easter and christmas.