Monday, June 21, 2010

CRAFTERNOON: Papel Picado Luminarias

Sounds fancy, doesn't it! Well, the good news is that these lovely little lanterns are easier to make than to pronounce, and will bring a beautiful, colorful glow to any occasion!

Papel Picado is Spanish for "perforated paper" and is a Mexican folk art tradition of delicately cutting pieces of tissue paper. Typically the pieces are strung together to form a festive banner and are used for weddings and parties. I decided to cut mine up and make a beautiful set of lanterns for a party.
They are very simple to make! Here's what you need:
-Glass cylinder vases, 6" tall and 3 1/4" in diameter
-8 1/2 x 11 sheets of frosted vellum paper
-Double sided tape
-Papel Picado banners
-Votive candles
All you have to do is cut the Papel Picado to the size of the vellum sheet, affix a few pieces of double sided tape, and roll 'em up!
Right photo via aymujer
I paired the lanterns with these adorable floral arrangements in salsa tins and votives wrapped in crepe paper. Traditional Papel Picado can be found here, and custom designs can even be found on Etsy!
Happy crafternoonin' sweet chirpers!
-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM