Papel picado (“perforated paper”) is the beautiful Mexican art of cutting paper into elaborate designs. One of the best sites on the web, The Toymaker, has some simple templates to make your own papel picado Halloween banner.


Traditionally tissue paper is used to make these banners. We had good luck using crepe paper. I printed out the designs, foldel the template in half along with a piece of crepe paper inside and fastened with paper clips. My daughter then was able to cut around the outside edges eaisly. I helped with the inside bits.


Cut out as many as you like.


To make ready for hanging we folded the top edge over a piece of string and glued, being careful not to stretch the crepe paper.


What a simple way to make your home festive!

Be sure to visit the Toymaker for all her lovely paper toys. I love her darling cat favor boxes.

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  1. Where did you find the crepe paper? I looked at JoAnnes, Michael’s and WalMart. No one carried it so I purchased orange and black tissue paper.

  2. I did this one – simple and looks great – kept kids busy for 1/2 hour – do you have anything like this for christmas?

  3. This is a great idea to keep my daughter busy while my son is napping! I’m going to find a way to make them without the holiday theme. Thanks for the idea. I’d like to recommend that you check out ReadyMade, a client of mine, they have some great arts and crafts
    projects you’d be interested in as well.

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