I get Etsy’s daily email “Etsy Finds” and yesterday it included a link to their blog post about papel picado. Papel picado means “chiseled paper” in Spanish and the banners are used for a variety of celebrations in Mexico including weddings, baptisms, Easter, Christmas, and Day of the Dead.
Given that I had everything needed for the banners: tissue paper, exacto knifes, exacto blades, ribbon and string, and a self-healing mat to cut on, I was excited to try making papel picado myself. After reading the tutorial that Yreina Flores Ortiz had created for Etsy, I decided to design a banner that celebrates the marriage of my brother and sister-in-law. They got married on Halloween of 2009 and I thought (while it will be a belated present) that a white, silver and orange tissue paper banner would be a perfect for them!
A friend joined in the paper party and used Yreina’s awesome design. We first chose the colors of tissue paper we wanted and then stacked them 6 up before stapling the design templates on top. We left an inch or two around the border of the designs.
|Happy second anniversary TJ and RJ!|
|A satisfying mess|
|Very Halloween appropriate|
I think they turned out really well and while delicate, the tissue paper and designs were forgiving enough for mistakes. This was a really fun project and definitely something to keep in mind for upcoming celebrations or a rainy day project!