Papel picado literally means ‘punched’ or ‘perforated’ paper. This traditional cut paper folk art is found throughout Mexico.
Naturally I wanted some for my mother-in-law’s Birthday Fiesta. You can find it at some party supplies stores and on-line, but I came up with this cheap DIY version using doilies. They don’t look anywhere near as lovely as the real thing, but I think they turned out pretty cute and helped give the party a Mexican feel.
- Food colouring
- Glass dish
- Paper towels
- Cut the doilies in half and set aside.
- Fill the glass dish with just enough water to cover the doily and add A LOT of food colouring of whatever colour you want.
- Add a table-spoon of vinegar for brighter colour.
- Soak each doily for a few minutes until the colour takes.
- Be careful removing the paper from the water; it is very fragile. (You may also want to wear rubber or latex gloves because my fingers got super stained during this part)
- Lay them carefully on a few paper towels until dry.
- Repeat for as many pieces in as many different colours as you want!
- Once they are all dry, tape them to the string and you’re done!