Okay friends… we all know I love any and all holidays. While I do not live in Mexico or come from a Mexican blood line, its holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it was being raised in San Diego, so close to Mexico, or with friends within the Mexican culture, it is part of who I am, and am proud. And lets get real… any celebration where there are tacos and pinatas is pretty much my favorite celebration EVAH!!!!
As Cinco De Mayo is quickly approaching, I thought I’d share one of my favorite quick, simple and inexpensive ways to decorate for your next fiesta with these DIY Papel Picadao – Mexican Cutout Banners!
The traditional folk art of the Papel Picado is to cut some amazing designs into paper. Today, I’m not getting as intricate with my designs, but definitely can be with the right skills.
While perusing through the Dollar Tree the other day, I came across this 14 pack of felt sheets. $1 for all that crafting goodness? Yep, it came home with me! But this ended up perfect for this project. There were 3 pink, 3 blue, 3 green and 3 red plus one black and one white. (Not totally sure why only one black and one white??)Removing the black and white sheets, this package along with a piece of twine (also at the dollar store) and a pair of scissors is really all you need for this project. I did used some small clothes pins (yep, also at the dollar store) to hang, but you could easily thread the twine through holes in the banners to hang as well if you don’t have clothes pins.
Here is a quick video on how to make
DIY MEXICAN CUTOUT BANNERWhat you’ll see is that they are made similar to paper snowflakes in the winter. Fold the felt up and cut small shapes (triangles, half circles, rectangles, etc.)
After a little bit of folding and a little cutting, you end up with some pretty fabulous patterns. I’m loving the felt for these projects because they last longer and can be used for multiple parties, which is always a bonus!!
I love all the bright colors. Don’t you?
The term papel picado means cut out paper, so maybe I should change this fieltro picado? 🙂