Papel Picado Tutorial

Since Mike and I were gone on vacation over the Autumnal Equinox, we didn't get to celebrate like we usually do, so we're making some mini papel picado banners to take to the woods tonight for a Day of the Dead celebration instead!  Warm woolens, cornbread, a thermos of carrot soup, and a few small offerings should make for a festive night!

Papel picado {perforated paper} is a project I've been wanting to try for years, and now that the boys have good control with their scissors, we decided to give it a go.  We used this tutorial here.  I think I had more fun than the boys making the traditional paper banners.  There's something so satisfying about the act of folding, cutting, and then unfolding to reveal the beauty within.   

"Wow, Mom.  It's beautiful!!" Clearly, I'm not the only one who felt this way!

I see many more of these colorful banners being made through out the winter.  I'm going to try them with felt and fabric too!



  1. Lovely project, as always... can´t wait to see the results with felt and fabric. I might try this "Papel picado" with my three year old as well :)

  2. Thanks, Ehtel:) I always love to see what littles will create!

  3. Lovely!
    I will craft some for our Waldorfkindergarten Martinmas Bazar! Thank you for sharing.