“Papel picado (“perforated paper”) is a decorative craft made out of paper cut into elaborate designs. Although it is a Mexican folk art, papel picado is used as a holiday decoration in many countries. The designs are commonly cut from tissue paper using a guide and small chisels, creating as many as forty banners at a time.”
Serene came over yesterday and we had a delightful time making making these snowflakes.
Here’s a little how to for you mimomito folks in case you are willing and wanting to do your own!
In case any of you havent come across Papel Picado, before above is an example of it.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
1. Wax paper
3. Xacto knife
4. Cutting board
5.Double sided tape
First you want to cut yourself a square of any size from your wax paper roll. Too small though and you won’t be able to put too much detail.
Now you will take the sides of your triangle and fold them in the center. Like a paper airplane.
Cut off the extras so that your ends are even and flush – as an acute triangle.
You should end up with a pizza slice!
You are ready to cut. Take your Xacto knife and really get to town.
If you would like to go with the papel picado look I would suggest doing squares, triangles, tear drops and circles. You could though do anything your big heart desires!
CUT CUT CUT DOO DA DOOOOO.
Sometimes you will have to sorta pick out some of your cuts.
Just be careful not to tear the wax paper! It will be alright.
Now here is the best part! Unfolding!
Serene created this really neat one that looks a lil like stained glass.
Use double sided tape…or any kind to put the snowflakes in your window.
I find that I like the way double sided tape looks. It may be a booger to get down after the holidays but meh.
I’ll deal with that later!
The best part is when the light catches through these little beans!
Arrite mimomito… der it is. Try em out if you want!