Making Papel Picado with Kids

Learning About Cultures From Around The World!

We watched the movie, ‘Coco.’ It was a lovely and heartwarming story with great songs. We got inspired by the film, and we picked Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) for the class we learn about cultures and traditions in the world. We enjoyed watching videos, reading books, and it was fascinating to make beautiful papel picado.

There are some scenes you can see papel picado.

What we used

  • YouTube videos of DIY Papel Picado
  • colorful color tissues
  • construction paper
  • masking tape (painter’s tape)
  • marker
  • X-Acto knife
  • one-hole punch
  • cutting mat
  • glue
  • pencil
  • string (for making banner)

Here is the DIY video we used. We wanted to make a skull pattern, so we picked this video. The instruction was in Spanish, which we haven’t learned yet, but it was easy to follow. I will attach some other videos as well.

Video We Used

Papel Picado pattern on construction paper

Here is my son’s design. It was tricky and challenging for my six-year-old son to use an X-Acto knife, so I helped him cut.

Papel Picado Learning About Cultures From Around The World

Here is what we made. It was amusing to learn how to make papel picado!

Video (Papel Picado)

Video (What is Day of the Dead?)

What is Day of the Dead? | National Geographic

Featured Photo by Justine Camacho on Unsplash

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