So, I’ve delved into papel picado before, but I’m feeling festive now that Cinco de Mayo is approaching, so I thought I’d bring it back and do a new tutorial! Everyone and their mother is loving arrows these days, so that’s what’s going down — an arrow-inspired Cinco de Mayo garland. If you want to get your fiesta on, grab these few simple (and cheap!) materials:
- tissue paper in various colors
- baker’s twine
- glue stick
Cut tissue paper into 4″ x 5″ rectangles. Fold the width in half, half again, and half a third time.
Cut into the tissue paper in upward slants. Begin about 1/2″ from the bottom and be sure not to cut all the way through the edges. Make 12 cuts, about 1/8″ apart.
Cut out every other piece, starting at the bottom.
Unfold and smooth out the creases. You may want to leave the tissue paper under a heavy book for a while to flatten out (mine could have used some more flattening!).
Run a glue stick over the top portion of the tissue paper, set down the baker’s twine, and fold the tissue over, sealing the baker’s twine inside. Continue gluing pieces of tissue on the twine until you reach your desired length.
Now hang it up and pour yourself a margarita! I’m pretty stoked on Cinco de Mayo, and we’ve got another DIY coming for you next week, so be sure to check back if you’re planning a fiesta. xoxo