• WEEK 6

    Cinco De Mayo Papel Picado Banner


    Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. We will be honoring Cinco De Mayo by making a Papel Picado Banner. Papel Picado is a traditional Mexican craft that features colorful paper sheets with intricate cut-out details. It was made by stacking many sheets of paper and using chisels to cut the designs. You can easily make your own Papel Picado by layering sheets of tissue paper and using scissors.

    I can incorporate other cultures into my art.


    tissue paper (or light weight paper, computer paper, origami paper)




    Step One: 

    In my sample, I used a large piece of paper. It will work better if you cut your tissue to be around 9x12 before you start. 

    Fold a piece of tissue paper (lengthwise) in half and then in half again. Make sure one side consist only of folds.

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    Step Two:

    Fold the long folded sheet in half. Mark a dot in the corner that is made up of folds.

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    Step Three:

    Just like cutting a snowflake, cut shapes along all four sides avoiding the area with the dot.


    Step Four:

    To cut a shape from the middle of the rectangle, fold the paper in half again, and cut a shape into the fold.


    Step Five:

    Unfold carefully and tape tissue paper to a long string of yarn.

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