4 fun and easy to make mexican paper craft decorations! Video tutorials, tips and templates!
We have collected together 4 of our most popular paper crafts to create a digital and paperback book called “Simple and fun craft tutorials inspired by Mexican Artisan paper decorations: Pinatas, paper stars, papel picado and paper flowers.”
They are both available from Amazon.
All the featured craft ideas and templates are also available from our Happythought online store. Be sure to check out these great craft activity packs featuring, Cinco de Mayo printables, Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo craft activity worksheets.
Plus visit our shop for other templates and decoration ideas for every season or event.
Mexican paper star templates
Included exclusively to this book is our new favourite Mexican paper craft ‘Paper Stars. These make a great new addition to the paper craft set and are a versatile party decoration. Also included in the book are 3 paper star templates and a blank to design you own are.
This year we used the paper star templates to decorate our Christmas tree! To make the smaller ornaments, we printed out the templates at 50% of their original size.
Simple and fun craft tutorials inspired by Mexican Artisan paper decorations: Pinatas, paper stars, papel picado and paper flowers
The Mexican tradition of paper crafting dates back to pre-Hispanic times when the Aztecs made paper from tree bark, called Amate. With the Spanish conquest brightly colored tissue paper or Papel de China arrived on trading boats from the Phillipines and was used in paper crafts. Pinatas, papel picado and paper flowers are important in the festivities of Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos and are also used to decorate birthday parties, weddings and baby showers amongst other celebrations. Learn more about 5 de mayo here.
From the beginning of Happythought we have been inspired by the beauty and simplicity of these Mexican paper crafts. We have really enjoyed trying our hand at creating our own, with satisfying results! Now we have put together four of our favorite paper craft tutorials for you try in one book.
The techniques we have used are not always traditional – the projects are designed to be easy to make and use materials that you hopefully already have at home or in your craft box. The crafts are also designed with little fingers in mind – most of the activities are easy enough for a child to complete, with a little adult supervision!
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