Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Papel Picado

I got married in Los Cabos, Mexico so our wedding party upon our return was Mexican inspired.  The only thing that was missing was something I love...papel picado.  It's a traditional folk art from Mexico that involves cutting out intricate designs on tissue paper, which is then strung up like a banner.  Artisans used to take years to learn the laborious process of cutting out the images with a scissor, one that is now expedited by using a machine.  You can even get them customized to read the perfect message for any event. 
Want to learn how to make papel picado yourself?  
Bows and Arrows has classes here in Dallas.  

UPDATE:  My NYC BFF just sent me this picture she took while  
in Puerto Vallarta (that so reminds me of the Love Boat).
Thanks, Nancy!


{First image via Wed Share, Last image via Serena and Lily}








11 comments:

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

These are so pretty - I can see why you love them, great to read of their origin, too. Thanks, Tiffany.

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

I love those -- I have some plastic ones from Plum Party. And that last bedroom is adorable!

TamStyles said...

I would love to learn. I think my daughters room would look great with those. Thanks for the reference. I am going to look up the class...and more hopefully. And thanks for the honest comment on my blog today!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Awesome! I bet your wedding was beautiful!

Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) said...

i always try to surround myself with colors such as these....so uplifting! i bet your wedding was a fabulous affair. so glad to have found you here in blogland.....you brighten my day! xoxo

Nelle Somerville said...

So pretty. Now I want to see your wedding photos. :)

Aspiring Kennedy said...

im a huge fan of papel picado. we used them for invites! so cute!! :)

destination wedding? jealous!

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

Oh those are just so beautiful!! I love them in every way! Maybe even for christmas decor ? :) I've got christmas on the brain right now. But just in a teensy way....they remind of snowflakes :)

Everlasting Blooms said...

I love that! What a cute idea, they would make great decorations for anything! Fun dinner parties for sure :)

~ Have a happy day!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

They are SO awesome! I had some for Dia de los Muertos (a fave fiesta) - skulls cut out an all!

Thank you for the sweet comment today on my "coming clean" post - I truly appreciate the words of support.

best,
alison g.
MLHP

Evie said...

I love these, I was just thinking about them the other day when I was reading someone's post on lattice work and cut outs in decorating but I couldn't remember the name for these! So jelly that you got married in Los Cabos!