five minute papel picado is my fave

March 3, 2013

you are my fave: easy handmade papel picado
My love of garlands runs deep and colorful papel picado is no exception. I’ve been wanting to come up with a way to make my own but I couldn’t figure out how to create the look without the use of a die cut machine or tedious razor blade skills. And then as part of the 12 Months of Martha program I was sent one of the new Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch Kit and I whipped this up in five minutes, no kidding. Here’s how to make your own:

you are my fave: easy handmade papel picado
Step one: Cut tissue paper in a variety of colors into rectangles.

Step two: Use a Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch to create your design. Kersey taught me that to punch through tissue without getting the punch stuck and shredding the paper, you have to use several sheets at a time. Fine by me, it makes the job quicker.

Step three: Admire the cool confetti the punch makes.

Step four: Pile up the finished tissue paper rectangles then string by folding the top edge of the paper over the string and adhering with a glue stick.

Step five: Hang up and eat a taco.

you are my fave: easy handmade papel picado


  • On March 4, 2013 , Melissa said:

    I love papel picado! Great, great, great project, Melanie!

  • On March 4, 2013 , viv said:

    Brilliant! This tutorial makes me want to throw a Cinco De Mayo party just to make this garland!

  • On March 4, 2013 , Sarah said:

    Oh awesome!!! I have also wanted to make papel picado and had no idea how! THANK YOU

  • On March 5, 2013 , l o v e l y t h i n g s said:

    I have always loved these…totally brilliant tutorial. This just says let’s have a party!

  • On March 6, 2013 , Karen said:

    Making papel picado from scratch is such a great idea! Most of the options online border on cheesy so this is a great customization.

  • On March 8, 2013 , Sally said:

    I’ve been wanting to make a garland for ages and this definitely looks like one I’d like to try! Simple, but so fun and cute!

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    LOVE IT!

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