Cultural Craft for kids: Mexican papel picado

October 21, 2013

To make this craft with your kids, download and print the papel picado template here from Cultural Care Au Pair.

Papel picado is the Mexican folk art of cutting tissue paper to make elaborate banners. Banners are displayed for all sorts of religious ceremonies as well as personal celebrations, but especially for the Day of the Dead (November 1 and 2). Traditionally, small chisels are used to create up to 40 banners at a time but scissors or an X-Acto knife (adults only) can be used to achieve the same result.



Print out the papel picado templates and fold in half. Fold a stack of 4-5 pieces of tissue paper in half and tuck inside the folded template. Use scissors or an X-Acto to cut out the gray areas and the scalloped edges. Unfold and hang together with a string!



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