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How to make Papel Picado for Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos!

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Published on Sep 19, 2012

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We found crepe paper much easier to use than tissue paper. Instrucciones para hacer papel picado.

Papel picados are used mainly for the festival held in Mexico called Dia de los Muertos. We have used brightly colored crepe paper. The Day of the Dead festival and imagery is steeped in vibrant, exotic colors and strong shapes and characters.

INSTRUCTIONS: HOW TO MAKE PAPEL PICADO
There are 3 basic stages in the making of the paper picado.

1. PREPARATION

First, cut your crepe paper down into 'letter' size sheets.

Next, fold your printed template down the middle (along the dotted line) with the instructions on the outside. Using 4 sheets at a time, fold the crepe paper in half and assemble a 'book' with the template sheet as the cover.

Secure the top of your book with a little masking tape so that the crepe paper doesn't slip when you are cutting out the shapes.

2. CUTTING OUT THE ASSEMBLED SHEETS

You're now ready to start cutting out your papel picado!
We prefer using scissors to do this as they're easier to handle, especially if you have any little helpers.

Like making paper snowflakes, carefully cut out all the shapes on the interior of the template, folding again when necessary (as shown) to access the 'interior' shapes, and then follow the template guide to cut around the edges.

When you've finished cutting, remove the masking tape from the top, flatten out your book and remove the template cover. Be careful when separating the sheets of crepe paper as they can be quite fragile.

Repeat this process with another 4 sheets of crepe paper and the second template sheet. Once you have made 3 or four sets of papels, you are ready to create your garland!

3. STRINGING UP THE PAPEL PICADO WITH MASKING TAPE

Unroll a length of masking tape and lay it out on a flat surface with the sticky side facing up. Carefully place the papels face down on the tape in alternate colours. The tops of the papels should only cover half of the width of the masking tape.

Next, fold the tape over to create your garland as shown. To keep things simple, we recommend sticking no more than 5 or 6 at a time. To make a really long garland you can easily stick two lengths together with a little more masking tape.

An alternative method to stringing your garland is to make a fold approx. 3cm from the top of your papels, lay a length of ribbon along the groove of the fold and turn the flap over the ribbon, securing with a glue stick or a little sticky tape.

So, what do you think? Not too tricky, right? Remember too, if you store your papel picado carefully you can use them over and over!

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