GIT’R’DONE: Rose’s Papel Picado Snowflakes

17 Dec

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.”

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r1-04902-0020Serene 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!

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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
2. Scissors
3. Xacto knife
4. Cutting board
5.Double sided tape
dsc_0032First 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.

dsc_0033Fold your square in half so that you make a triangle.

dsc_0036and AGAIN..

dsc_0037And AGAIN. Make sure you have folded a triangle IN HALF three times, while being aware of the middle.
The middle is how it all stays connected when you cut.

dsc_0041Now you will take the sides of your triangle and fold them in the center. Like a paper airplane.
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dsc_0044Cut off the extras so that your ends are even and flush – as an acute triangle.

dsc_0046You should end up with a pizza slice!

dsc_0017You 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!
dsc_0010CUT CUT CUT DOO DA DOOOOO.
dsc_0016Sometimes you will have to sorta pick out some of your cuts.
Just be careful not to tear the wax paper! It will be alright.
dsc_0020Now here is the best part! Unfolding!

dsc_0023*drum roll*
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dsc_0026AH HA!
dsc_0027Serene created this really neat one that looks a lil like stained glass.

dsc_0049Use 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!

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dsc_0051The best part is when the light catches through these little beans!
Arrite mimomito… der it is. Try em out if you want!

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