Traditionally, “papel picado” the mexican folk art cut paper is displayed on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and other major holidays (Christmas and Easter.) It also decorates Mexican restaurants and those cute shops that sell oilcloth and wrestling masks. Samuel and I made some papel picado to use as Hanukkah decorations. “Hanukkah papel picado”–did we invent this new fusion craft? We didn’t have tissue paper, so we just used some drawing paper and some origami sheets we had around.
Menorah Papel Picado:
Fish/Flame Papel Picado:
Here’s how we made it:
3. For the menorah, i cut the flames separately:
I just made tiny folds (about where I’ve drawn in the dotted lines) to help me cut out the flames.
5. If you unfolded it to see how pretty it’s turning out, refold it left to right and fold again top to bottom.
7. When you’ve cut out as many slices, swirls, diamonds and rays as you think you should, unfold it so you have just the quarter sheet again. There will probably be some chunk that looks like it needs more cutting. See the upper right-hand corner of this one?
8. There, that’s better.
9. Open it up and say ooohh, ahhh.