DIY Papel Picado with Amtrak San Joaquins

Oct 7, 2020

Papel Picado is a Mexican folk art made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of tissue paper. The designs can be cut with small mallets and chisels from as many as 40-50 pieces of colored paper stacked together or made by folding single sheets of paper and cutting the designs with scissors. The result is colorful and elaborate cut paper banners depicting anything from floral designs to Day of the Dead Skeletons to be hung as decoration during holidays.

Cut-out Flags_Page_1

Instructions Pages 1-2

Step 1: Print out your Papel Picado designs on colored paper—or leave them plain and color them after you print them out
Step 2: Fold them in the middle along the bold line that says “fold”
Step 3: Make your designs by cutting along the dotted lines
Step 4: Use a hole punch to make a hole at the top where it says “s.” This is where you’ll put your string through.
Step 5:  Put a string through the hole and hang your art!

*Tip: You can use this design as a template and cut your shapes out of tissue paper if desired

Cut-out Flags

Color-in Pages_Page_2

Instructions Pages 3-4

Step 1: Print out your Papel Picado designs on white or colored paper
Step 2: Color in the shapes any way you want
Step 3: Use a hole punch to make a hole at the top where it says “s.” This is where you’ll put your string through.
Step 4:  Put a string through the hole and hang your art!

Color-in Pages

Color-printer Ready Flags_Page_2

Instructions Pages 5 -7

Step 1: Print out these colorful pre-made Papel Picados
Step 2: Use a hole punch to make a hole at the top where it says “s.” This is where you’ll put your string through.
Step 3:  Put a string through the hole and hang them up for decoration!

Color-printer Ready Flags

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