Papel Picado Craft
Papel Picado is a popular Mexican folk art also created from perforated paper. While it is mainly used to decorate fiestas like weddings, baptisms, Birthdays and day of the dead, I remember creating millions of patterns to decorate my grandmothers home for no reason at all.
Papel Picado is just one of those arts & crafts that is pretty to look at and easy to make. Typically it’s made out of tissue paper. Lately, it’s grown in popularity here in the United States and is now made out of plastic to last longer for use in weddings and other types of parties. I used to create my patterns out of paper or cardboard and a pair of scissors, much like creating paper snowflakes.
According to Wikipedia, “Papel picado comes from Chinese paper cutting and it was made in Europe during the sixteenth century, although it was called ‘papel cortado’ (cut paper). The two crafts are not exactly the same, as the European version was cut, while the Mexican form is chiseled. In Mexico, during the middle of the nineteenth century, people were forced to buy products from hacienda stores, where they encountered China paper.”
Now that my kids are a little older I decided to teach them how to make papel picado for Hispanic Heritage Month. Since my kiddos are toddlers, I decided not to use scissors (or a chisel for that matter) so we made papel picado with a modern twist. If you’d like to learn how to make some of your own papel picado keep on reading.
What you’ll need:
- Tissue paper in at least 4 colors ( the brighter the better) cut into squares (8.5×11 works best)
- 2-4 shape punches ( you can find these at your local craft stores)
- Balloon streamer or string
- Stapler or tape
Let’s get started!
To make your own Mexican Paper Dolls, as seen in the image above, visit Growing Up Blackxican for the accompanying step-by-step craft tutorial!
Ruby is many things, but foremost a wife and mother to her 2 little ones. She and her husband are trying to raise bilingual/bicultural little beings. She’s originally from Orange County, California, but recently moved across country after her husband completed his duty with the US Navy. They now live in New Jersey, where her husband is originally from. Ruby enjoys time with her family, visiting new places and people, all things crafty and of course, meeting other bicultural parents! Find her on her blog, Growing Up Blackxican.