Papel Picado: Create Colorful Tissue Paper Banners
If you happen to travel to Mexico during a holiday or other special event, chances are, you'll probably have noticed beautiful banners, known as “papel picado”. The practice of making these colorful decorations was initiated in Mexico by the Aztecs, who created a paper-like product and cut out the image of their gods for special celebrations.
Today, this practice still goes on. Artisans will place multiple sheets of tissue paper together, draw a design on the upper paper, and use a mallet and a chisel to cut out the unnecessary pieces. But you don't need a mallet to make these beautiful designs on your own! In this activity, let your child help you recreate these banners with just some tissue-paper and scissors.
What You Need:
- Colored tissue paper
- Glue stick