Papel picado patterns are patterns cut into colorful craft paper and are typically used for party decorations such as banners, window decorations or garlands. They can also be used to make party placements or table runners. The exact steps for making party decorations from free papel picado patterns vary depending on the type of decoration.
To make party banners, window hangings or garlands from free papel picado, first assemble colorful tissue paper, wire or cord, scissors, glue and a stapler. Then, choose a free papel picado pattern with which to work. Cut all the tissue paper to be double the size of the pattern template, and fold four pieces in half together. Put the pattern on top of the paper and attach the two with staples so they stay in place.
Begin cutting out the pattern on the tissue paper. To cut inner shapes, fold the papers in half for access to the shape. After cutting the pattern, open up the papers and attach the wire or cord to the tops of the tissue paper with the glue.
To make a table runner or place mat with free papel picado patterns, follow the above steps but instead of attaching wire or rope, cover the completed papel picado with laminate.