Easy Cinco de Mayo craft for kids: Papel picado

Cinco de Mayo which is Spanish for the fifth of May is a celebration of Mexican heritage, freedom and pride.  It is the date that the Mexican army beat the French in the Battle of Puebla that took place on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated throughout the United States although I find very few celebrations here in Vermont.  My husband is from Houston where Cinco de Mayo is a much larger holiday and you can find many ethnic celebrations and activities. If you’d like to introduce your children to Cinco de Mayo and find yourself in an area that isn’t having any events or celebrations, you can introduce them to the Mexican art of paper cutting which is called papel picado by making this easy Cinco de Mayo craft for kids.

Easy Cinco de Mayo craft for kids

Easy Cinco de Mayo craft for kids


sheets of multi colored tissue paper
hole punch
pinking shears
string or thread

  1. Cut tissue paper sheets in roughly 8″x14″ size. Fold each in half. Then fold each into an accordion and punch holes in random places to make a design.
  2. Carefully unfold the accordion and fold each tissue paper sheet in half.
  3. Run a piece of string or thread from one end of the window to the other and hang the papel picado sheets over the thread.

This is such an easy Cinco de Mayo craft for kids to make. Let them hang them from their windows, the headboard of their bed or string them from one end of the wall to the other.  Save tissue paper that you get as gift wrapping or you can purchase it new in packages at the dollar store.   If your child is older, you can have them use scissors to cut shapes out of the tissue paper as well. Mexican craftsmen use punches and chisels to make designs in the paper. Sometimes they are random designs and sometimes they depict scenes from the Bible. They then hang the decorations in windows or as banners. If you’d like more information and crafts to do, check out Cinco De Mayo (Celebrating American Holidays: Arts & Crafts).

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  1. The Pepperrific Life says:

    I’m always on the lookout for craft ideas for my kid, as she tends to get bored easily.  That looks like something she’d like to do.  Thanks for sharing 🙂


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