diy: papel picado

This past weekend, we had a birthday celebration for my hubby. He loves Mexican food so I thought it would be fun to have a fiesta with a taco bar, some salsa music, and of course our friends! :) But there was something missing…some fiesta flair for our home…I mean, casa. :)

Using solid-colored tissue paper, I made some papel picado! Literally translated as “punched” or “perforated paper”, this craft is super easy to make and a great way to add some color to your space!

MAKE IT! You will need:

  • Solid-colored tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon/string
  • Scotch tape

Not shown in the picture collage…I started with a large single piece of tissue paper, folded it into quarters, and then cut along the folds to make four smaller sheets. By the way, your papel picado can be any size…it’s totally up to you! :)

1 – START WITH ONE QUARTER SHEET even though the first picture shows two quarter sheets. But I suppose you could layer a couple sheets if you wanted the same design/pattern or are crunched for time.

2 – FOLD. Fold “hot dog style”.

3 – FOLD AGAIN. Fold “hot dog style” again.

4 – CUT. Take your scissors and cut away. Have fun with this and be creative! This is very similar to making paper snowflakes. If you’re going to hang these, don’t make any cuts about 2″ from one of the ends. (For the heart, I folded the tissue paper “hot dog style” again and cut out half a heart)

5 – OPEN. As you unfold your tissue paper, carefully flatten the sheet by reversing the fold.  To hang them on a ribbon, fold the uncut end over your ribbon/string and secure it with tape. You now have papel picado! Ole!! :)


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