Paper Picado

Why not have your children help decorate for special occasions and birthday parties? I love this sweet banner made from bright-colored tissue paper. Much better than a store-bought banner!

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We first thought that we would use paper punches for our little paper banner, but the tissue was too soft to be cut by the punches. Our fun scissors worked well, though.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    First, we folded our tissue in half longways and then into thirds.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    We opened up just the "into thirds" folding and cut along the lines to make three separate pendants for the banner. They are each two sheets thick because they will lay over our string.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Once we had all of our pendants cut, we got to work making them fancy! Emma enjoyed using the "snowflake" technique and trying out different folds and cuts.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    She also used some fancy scissors to give the edges a fun trim.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    She made a heart on accident! You can imagine her delight!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    When our pendants were all ready to hang, we opened each up and placed a piece of double-sided tape right on the seam. Next, we placed our string down the middle of each and folded the pendants back down sealing them with the tape.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    Look how whimsical our yard became with this DIY banner!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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