How To: Papel Picados

How to: Papel Picados, a children's activity in honor of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo which translates to the Fifth of May, is a day observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory at the Battle of the Puebla which took place in 1862. Contrary to a popular misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day. Though it is considered a minor holiday in Mexico, Americans first began to celebrate in Southern California during 1863. May 5 has since become widely recognized and celebrated in the USA as an opportunity to celebrate Mexican identity, promote ethnic consciousness and build community solidarity. The city of Puebla continues to keep the tradition alive by honoring the day the battle was won with with arts, festivals, food and even reenactments of the battle!

Photography and activity provided by @raisingremmy

Papel Picado Steps

1.) Google "Papel Picado templates" and save them on your phone (found this easiest)

2.) Use an app called Pixelcut to turn them into SVG files

3.) Upload to Cricut design space and load white cardstock onto a Cricut, cuts 4 at a time

4.) After they are all cut and weeded, I let Remmy have some fun and finger paint them

5.) Allow time for drying and string them up for decoration
That's it, your Papel Picados are all made! Remmy and I really enjoyed doing this little craft!

Papel picado, which translates to paper cuts, originated in Southern Mexico about 1400 years ago as brightly colored paper decorations and are used to celebrate Day of the Dead, birthdays, weddings, national holidays and other Mexican celebrations like Cinco de Mayo!


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