I began this project looking for crafts the kids and I could make in anticipation of Cinco De Mayo, little did I know I’d fall down the rabbit hole of Mexican folk art! Today I’m sharing with you how to make Papel Picados but be sure to visit me over at My Very Educated Mother where we’ll be sharing more Mexican folk art projects that are perfect for kids to make!
Papel Picados are beautifully cut pieces of paper art that sometimes tell stories with their designs. Traditionally they’re created in bulk. Using a chisel, the artist carves their design into a stack of tissue paper, creating up to 30 or more pieces at once. For this project we’re going to opt for the much easier, and kid-friendly, Chinese technique of paper cutting and use scissors! Below are the directions and supplies you’ll need to create your own papel picado!
This is a really great project because, though I had fun cutting my own designs, this craft can be completed by the kids!
Cut your tissue paper into squares, or rough rectangles. Fold and cut as if you were making a snowflake. Be sure to not cut the outside edge of the square, that sounds confusing but once you start working on it, it’ll make sense.
Unfold your squares and then flatten them out by putting them under a big book!
Once they were flattened we went the simplest route possible. We laid out the squares, put a piece of baker’s twine on top of it, and taped everything in place. Sure, we don’t have pretty edges but the kids were able to do it themselves, which is the point.
Where ever you hang these colorful paper banners they’re sure to get you in a festive mood!
If you liked this project be sure to check out these other fun kids crafts over at My Very Educated Mother!