TRADITIONAL MEXICAN PAPEL PICADO
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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EARLY FINISHER OR SUB PLAN PROJECT
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.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
– Colored tissue paper (12″ x 9″ approximately)
– 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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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!
nice post.keep sharing
I love EVERYTHING you make. Thank you for helping out this lost teacher.
So glad for some Dia de los Muertos ideas!!
This is awesome thank you!
Were having a fiesta
Thank you for sharing!
I’m looking forward to having our art subs do this with a grade level for our Multicultural Night.
Please send me a copy of picado instructions
Love this lesson. I will be using it for my early finishers
These are beautiful.
Teaching art during summer school and this would be a fun quick activity different from painting and drawing.
Please can you send us the instructions 🙂
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I would love the instructions:)
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Thank you for the great idea!
I feel like this helped a lot with me wanting to know how to make a paper picado , so thank you☺️
Thank you so much this helped a lot with my project
I can’t find any designs
Freebie isn’t sent to your email, just a welcome letter. Having trouble receiving the pdf I am expecting.
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Cant wait to do this craft with my class
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
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.
For our Dia De Los Muertos projects! Thank you!
Love this! Exactly what I was looking for. I would love a copy of the pdf.
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Send pdf please
Happy to Elizabeth…just follow the instructions at the very bottom of the post 🙂 Click ACCESS HANDOUT
Day Of Dead Assigment
Thanks for the help
muchas gracias por la idea
Absolutely love the papel picado
My teacher gave us this link so we have to do this and I like it
This is so cool my teacher told us to do this
i think it is creative and fun
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.
were do you get the paper from ?
Hi Daniela, this is just tissue paper you can find for gift wrapping 🙂
-Hannah (Team Sparkle)