Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! The celebration began on September 15. It’s a time to celebrate Hispanic Americans. These people have ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Want to celebrate? You can make a traditional Mexican decoration! Papel picado is a Mexican folk art. In English, it means “perforated paper.” The colorful paper flags are popular in Mexico. Artists cut designs into the paper. They use them for many holidays. Those include Día de los Muertos and Christmas.
Artists usually create papel picado with a chisel and hammer. That’s because they make a lot at once! But it’s simpler to make a few flags.
What You’ll Need
∙ Tissue paper (pick your favorite colors!)
1. Cut the tissue paper into rectangles. The size is up to you!
2. Fold the paper two or three times. Fold it any way you want!
Optional: Cut the bottom corners so they are round. Many traditional papel picado do this!
3. Cut small pieces out of the folded paper. Be sure to cut the side with the folds, not the edge. You can cut any shape you want!
4. Unfold the paper. Then repeat to make more flags!
5. Lay out the papers in a row.
6. Place a piece of string along the top of the flags.
7. Tape the string to the flags.
8. Hang your papel picado!
That’s it! You made your own papel picado! Show it off for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Updated September 27, 2019, 5:01 P.M. (ET)
By Zoe Steckler
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