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Papel Picado Holiday Card


Try using colorful Post-its for this papel picado project. The squares come in very festive colors and can be found at your local office supply store.

papel picado

Papel picado is a Mexican folk art craft. It is the art of cutting paper into beautiful and elaborate designs for holidays and celebrations. What I liked about making this picado card with Post-its was that the built-in sticky side meant I could adjust the placement until the squares were just right. A little glue on the bottom to make them lie flat made a nice look for a card, but I believe that making a larger banner with the bottom edges allowed to curl up a bit would be a nice look too. It gives that look of fluttery tissue paper, which is what papel picado is generally made from.


  • Post-its,3″ squares, in festive colors
  • Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


  1. PREP: Cut the card stock paper into 7″ squares, one per student.
  2. Students fold one of the Post-its in half to make a triangle. I found it best to fold it with the sticky side in. The triangle is folded in half again to a smaller triangle.
  3. Students cut shapes out of all three sides of the triangle, and then carefully unfold and pull apart the Post-it to make it open up. The sticky sides will come apart if pulled gently.
  4. The cut out Post-it is stuck to another Post-it of contrasting color. Adjust the placement until the squares match up well and then apply to the card stock paper.
  5. Repeat the process to make three more sets of Post-its to finish off the card.
  6. If a flat look is desired, all a bit of glue under the un-sticky sides of the Post-it.



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