How to make papel picado deep space sparkle art projects for kids

How to Make a Papel Picado | Mexican Folk Art




Papel picado is a traditional Mexican craft that features colorful paper sheets with intricate cut-out details. It was made by stacking many sheets of paper and using chisels to cut the designs. You can easily make your own papel picado by layering sheets of tissues paper and using scissors.

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This is a great free choice activity or a lesson for a sub. Laminate the instructions and place on a table. Add a tray of pre-cut tissue papers, a bowl of scissors and allow the children to create a papel picado during free-choice time.


– Colored tissue paper (12″ x 9″ approximately)

– Scissors

– Marker

– Yarn and tape to display papel picados


Fold a piece of tissue paper (lengthwise) in half and then in half again. Make sure one side consists only of folds.

Fold the long folded sheet in half. Mark a dot in the corner that is made up of folds. This helps the children recognize where not to cut.

Just like cutting a snowflake, cut shapes along all four sides avoiding the area with the dot.

To cut a shape from the middle of the rectangle, fold the paper in half again, and cut a shape into the fold.

Unfold carefully and tape tissue paper to a long string of yarn.

To make multiple panels from one cut, layer 2-3 sheets of tissue paper together add tape (carefully) while cutting.

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  • Sheri Lawrence

    We are finishing up our Day of the Dead Illustrations this coming week in my 5th grade art class and need a filler for the early finishers. This will be perfect as we are creating a display with the Spanish teacher. She is making an alter and we can now add this artwork too!

  • classe

    nice post.keep sharing

  • haleida_patino@charleston.k12.sc.us

    I love EVERYTHING you make. Thank you for helping out this lost teacher.

  • Jen

    So glad for some Dia de los Muertos ideas!!

  • Lisa Villa

    This is awesome thank you!

  • Michelle Benade

    Were having a fiesta

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  • Stephanie Perry

    Thank you for sharing!

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  • corinta loera

    love it

  • Ann Bray

    I’m looking forward to having our art subs do this with a grade level for our Multicultural Night.

  • Bernadette

    Please send me a copy of picado instructions

  • Michelle Vasko

    Love this lesson. I will be using it for my early finishers

  • Dianne Lee

    These are beautiful.

  • Tiffany Hood

    Teaching art during summer school and this would be a fun quick activity different from painting and drawing.

  • steve oakes

    thank you

  • Karen Davies

    Please can you send us the instructions 🙂

    • Patty

      Click on the ACCESS HANDOUT button in the image at the bottom of the post 🙂 Enter your email and we’ll send you a printed version.

  • Caroline Blanks

    Thank you!

  • Gretchen


  • Patsy

    I would love the instructions:)

    • Patty

      Click the red button at the bottom of the post. It says ACESS LESSON. Enter your email and we’ll email it to you 🙂

  • Samantha McQuibban

    Thank you for the great idea!

  • Sally Frinkers

    I feel like this helped a lot with me wanting to know how to make a paper picado , so thank you☺️

  • Blank

    Thank you so much this helped a lot with my project

  • patricia.pattison

    love this

  • Ashley

    I can’t find any designs

  • Jade

    Freebie isn’t sent to your email, just a welcome letter. Having trouble receiving the pdf I am expecting.

    • Patty

      Hi Jade,
      We email you the PDF, so once you added your name and email, you click submit. Then, you are redirected to a thank you page. But the PDF is emailed to you. Check your spam, junk or promotions folder and you’ll see the PDF. If you have any trouble, just email support@deepspacesparkle.com Thanks Jade!

  • Donna Browning

    Cant wait to do this craft with my class

  • Maggie Rodriguez

    Hello I try to do step by step but it’s getting a lil difficult. Can you please give me a lil help? Your step look so easy but when I try to do it gets hard. Thank you

    • Patty

      Keep trying Maggie! You can do it. There also might be some video online…I didn’t create one for this project. I find tissue paper works best as it’s easier to cut.

  • Katie Hutchison

    For our Dia De Los Muertos projects! Thank you!

  • Cindy McDonald

    Thank you….

  • Emily

    Love this! Exactly what I was looking for. I would love a copy of the pdf.

    • Patty

      No Problem. Just follow the instructions at the very bottom of the post ? Click ACCESS HANDOUT

  • Elizabeth gertzen

    Send pdf please

    • Patty

      Happy to Elizabeth…just follow the instructions at the very bottom of the post 🙂 Click ACCESS HANDOUT

  • Felicia Cortez

    Thank you

  • De bie

    Love this

  • Aliyah Wilson

    Day Of Dead Assigment

  • Paris

    Yes, please!

  • Fernanda

    Thanks for the help

  • yeeter

    muchas gracias por la idea

  • Matthew Walker

    Absolutely love the papel picado

  • @PinkFlamingo

    My teacher gave us this link so we have to do this and I like it

  • @PinkFlamingo

    This is so cool my teacher told us to do this

  • mason

    i think it is creative and fun

  • Julio

    wow, that was so fun and easy also it’s a great thing to do with your family especially when its taco Tuesday or day of the dead.

  • daniela

    were do you get the paper from ?

    • Hannah

      Hi Daniela, this is just tissue paper you can find for gift wrapping 🙂

      -Hannah (Team Sparkle)

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