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Papel Picado Banners for the Cinco De Mayo Party Hop – Day 2!

Papel Picado Banners for the Cinco De Mayo Party Hop – Day 2!

Now for the fun part! Check out all the talented contributors to this Cinco de Mayo Party Hop and get the how-tos on how to make everything. For the inspirational shoot, I made these pretty Papel Picado banners that are a fantastic backdrop for any fiesta.


The Mexican folk art papel picado is traditionally made with large stacks of paper cut with a chisel. The colors used in the paper will denote what the celebration is for—pink orange and purple signify offerings for the Day of the Dead, shades of purple at Easter, red white and green for the Virgin of Guadalupe and Independence day. Rainbow colors (as we used) are perfect for Christmas and non-religious celebrations.

Papel Picado banner tutorial and how toMaterials:

  • Tissue paper cut into rectangles
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue

1. A single package of tissue paper can be cut into four equal sized rectangles.

2. Using a stack of 4-5 rectangles, fold your tissue paper in half, then in half again vertically so you have a long, skinny quarter sized sheet.

3. Cut a scallop on the bottom.

4. Fold the scallop in half and cut a shape out of the middle. We used diamonds for all ours (they’re pretty easy).

5. Unfold your paper. Admire the pretty scallops and diamond. Oooh. Aaaah. OH.

6. Fold the tissue paper in half again vertically once you’re done admiring.

7. Fold in half horizontally, but don’t overlap your diamonds. We’ll be cutting the tissue paper again, and don’t want to cut into this part!

8. Fold the quarter size sheet so it makes a cone, as if you were cutting out a snowflake.

9. Cut patterns in the tissue paper, being sure to leave plenty of room around the edges.

10. Open up the cut papel picado pennant.

11. Fold ½ inch of the top of the tissue paper over a long piece of yarn and glue down. The yarn should be as long as you want the banner, start glueing at one end, leaving a little room to hang it up, and repeat until the banner is the length you desire and the yarn is full.

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Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.

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Thursday 4th of January 2018

You really make it appear so easy together with your presentation however I to find this matter to be actually something that I think I'd never understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very extensive for me.

I'm looking ahead to your subsequent post, I will try to get the hang of it!

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

Wednesday 26th of April 2017

Great tutorial on how to make those banners. I see them all the time here in Arizona but have never tried to make my own. Visiting from Think Tank Thursday party.

Paula Biggs

Friday 28th of April 2017

Really quite easy--and the kids love helping with them. Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday 7th of April 2015

How fun! Thank you so much for joining us on Brag About It! ~Laurie