Cinco de mayo is coming up soon so I thought I would share this super easy craft with you. Have you ever made snowflakes from coffee filters? Making tissue paper banners, or papel picado, is very similar. You can use these colorful banners to decorate your classroom.
Supplies for Tissue Paper Banners
- Colorful tissue paper
- String or ribbon to hang your banner
How to Make a Tissue Paper Banner
Use the pictures above as a visual guide to help you follow the steps. First, start with a full sheet of tissue paper, then fold once in the middle so you have one long rectangle. Next, turn the rectangle so the fold is at the top and cut the tissue paper in half starting at the bottom and going up.
Now, take one of the halves and fold it accordion style starting with the fold at the top. Once your paper is folded accordion style, snip small triangles from the bottom. You can get as fancy or go as simple as you want when it comes to the cutting. When you’re finished cutting your design, unfold and repeat until you have enough to make a banner of your desired length. If you do the accordion folding your students can snip the designs.
These colorful tissue paper banners look great hanging in the classroom, hallway, or across a bulletin board. They can also be used as decorations for celebrating Cinco de Mayo.
I have created a new Mexican Restaurant Dramatic Play Kit that incorporates tissue paper banners and will help you “Say Olé to Dramatic Play”. Click on the picture below to learn more.
Mexican Restaurant Dramatic Play Kit