May 1, 2013

cinco de mayo {diy papel picado}

We are having a little get-together this weekend and it just so happens to be Cinco de Mayo, so fajitas, tostadas, and margaritas are on the menu.  I wanted to decorate with a little something festive, so I dug through my tissue paper selecting these bright colors and got to work on a little papel picado banner.  Here's what I did:

  1. Select your tissue paper colors.  Cut to desired size (I folded the whole sheet in half twice and then cut, making four pieces)
  2. For my boarder, I used a cup and traced half circles and then cut (you can go here for stencils)
  3. Use stencils found here, or trace your own (that's what I did)
  4. Continue cutting your arrangement (you can go here for examples) 
  5. Hang with string
  6. Add reinforcement tabs on corners then punch hole for string
*since the tissue paper was already folded and had creases, I didn't worry too much about folding it to cut the different shapes, thus creating an equal pattern

Are you making any plans for Cinco de Mayo?

Last year I made this simple little fiesta centerpiece for another get-together we hosted.  If you're interested in seeing the full post, click the link below the picture :)

Have a great day!


  1. Very cute Becky! You're so creative!

  2. Thanks for the great idea! We're going to a friend's house and this would be a festive decoration to bring!

  3. Love papel picado, i did a lot when I was a child!! I was obsessed about it!!

    1. Thanks! It was a fun project! I did this one with my daughter and she loved it! Have a great weekend!


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