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DIY Papel Picado

When we think of a fiesta, our minds turn to papel picado. These festive Mexican flags add life to your parties and celebrations in loud, vibrant colors.

Back around the 19th century, people meticulously cut out shapes of sugar skulls, flowers, and words from Chinese paper, and strung them up for Día de los Muertos and other special occasions. Nowadays, the tradition is carried out with chisels and other tools, but we’re going to show you a quick and simple way to make them for your next fiesta!

What you'll need: 

  • Scissors 
  • String 
  • Tissue paper 
  • Tape 

Directions: 

STEP 1

Shape your paper into a square (rectangles work too).  

STEP 2

Fold twice. 

STEP 3

 Round out the bottom. 

STEP 4

Pinch the sides together. Cut a diamond out at the bottom. 

STEP 5

Unfold once. Fold the top over. 

STEP 6

Take one corner and fold diagonally. 

STEP 7

Take your scissors and let your imagination run wild. You can even fold it a couple of other ways for a unique design. 

STEP 8

Once that you're satisfied with your pattern, bring out the tape and string. 

STEP 9

Cut your desired length of string. Fold the top of your banner over the string and tape it down. 

STEP 10

Ta-da! Tape a few more flags to your string. Now you have a beautiful stream of color to hang over the festivities.

 

Inspired by Frog Prince Paperie.

Liane VelascoComment