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New: Papel Picado DIY Kits

1 Apr

Ay Mujer Papel Picado DIY Kits

Now available in our website and in our Etsy shop. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

How to assemble papel picado banners

Each kit makes [4] 6-foot banners. It includes a variety of flags in a mix of bright colors. They’re great for any occasion, really. Dia de los muertos altars, fiesta-themed party decorations, or simply for an easy cheery craft project.

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I had a lot of fun designing the packaging. I wanted them to be something that I would be excited to discover in a boutique or museum gift shop. The labeling, instructions, and informational booklet are all bilingual, (English,Spanish). The paper is 100% recycled. I included our palomitas (doves) as a keepable, pop-out element. I can’t wait to see where people use these!

I’ll build on this concept with more themed banners. For now, I’m happy to be able to offer this fun kit at a reasonable price to our crafty fans!

How-To: A Papel Picado Tutorial with free VIVA OBAMA template

20 Sep
The Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos is coming up right around election time. Papel picado is a common decoration for this holiday’s festivities. Papel picado is cut or punched paper, made from stacks of tissue paper with the use of chisels, punches, hammer and blade. Here is a how-to tutorial for you Obama supporters! It is meant to be an introduction to making papel picado using the most-widely available modern tools. Hey, we don’t all have access to a blacksmith to make us custom chisels.
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This original design is free [for personal and educational use].

You will need:
Design template
X-Acto knife, blade #11 or #16 (as pictured)
About 6 sheets of tissue paper
Glue stick
String
Surface to cut on (a self-healing mat works very well)

Directions:

1. Download and print out the design template.

2. Stack the sheets of tissue paper with the printed template on top. Leave room (about an inch) above the top of the design for a flap. It may help to staple everything together to prevent shifting as you cut. Just carefully remove the staples when you are done.

3. Cut out the white areas of the template. Hold the knife firmly. Press hard. Make smooth, continuous cuts. Be brave! Use the non-cutting hand to hold your paper down around your cut.

4. Trim the edge off.

5. To string your banner:

  • Fold the top edge of a flag.
  • Open the fold and apply glue stick gently to the flap.
  • Lay your string in the crease.
  • Close the fold and press it closed, from the middle > out.

6. Pick a spot to hang up your work!

If you’re not an Obama fan, that’s cool– I have another tutorial over on Etsy.

Not the crafty type? These banners are also available in my shop. $5 for each banner is donated to the Obama for America campaign!