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Mexican papel picado banners - Sr. Reynoso has been making custom papel picados for 40 years! He is an excellent artist that uses hand made steel chisels in hundreds of shapes, every line is cut with the strike of a hammer that cuts about 30 sheets of tissue paper at a time! One wrong move and they are all ruined!

“Papel Picado” 20th Century Mexican cut paper banners. | Trained craftsmen use tools such as awls, chisels and special blades to cut stacks of paper, cutting as many as 50 sheets at a time.

“Papel Picado” 20th Century Mexican cut paper banners. | Trained craftsmen use tools such as awls, chisels and special blades to cut stacks of paper, cutting as many as 50 sheets at a time.

"Papel Picado", or "cut paper", is a colorful decoration found at most Mexican celebrations. The “secret” of success for making your own papel picado is to sandwich the thin tissue paper inside a folded, heavier weight paper before cutting it. This makes it easier to work with, less likely to tear, and gives you a surface for drawing a design you can follow as you cut!