Papel Picado Craft

Papel Picado is a craft done using tissue paper and a unique stencil that allows you to create an amazing picture in paper. Famous Papel Picado Crafts are usually made for the special occasion of The Day Of The Dead or other special events.

Step 1: Preparation for Picado

For the following activity you will need:

Tissue paper


Pattern (of choice, something simple like a skull will be easier, internet print out or stencil from store)


Tape (optional)

Ruler (optional)

Step 2: Starting the Picado Craft

Preparing to start the craft, you will need to start off with tissue paper. The technique is as similar to making paper snowflakes. You will need to start by folding a rectangular sheet of tissue paper in half (Hamburger style) for more complex designs tissue paper should be folded several times.

Step 3: Sketching the Design (Stencil)

Using a pencil, lightly sketch one half of a stencil on the folded side of the tissue paper

Step 4: Dividing Into Sections

Using rulers, divide the paper in sections. This helps the design not touch but helps it connect to other areas of the paper in order to form the shapes of the paper. Shade in the areas that will later be cut.

Step 5: Cut It Up

Using scissors, carefully cut away the pieces of paper that were shaded (previously mentioned in step 4)

Step 6: Finished

Finally open paper and enjoy the beautiful Papel Picado you have crafted.



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    5 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is a nice basic introduction to this art form. Just my speed! Now, how do we get to a more complex design? (Skull themes would be lovely!)

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, finally I know how to make those beautiful decorations that I see every Dia De Los Muertos! Thanks!!

    1 reply