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Diy Papel Picado Cake Bunting


To go along with our Dora party fiesta in March, I made a little banner for the top of the birthday cake.  I was inspired by traditional papel picado, those beautiful, intricately cut tissue paper banners that decorate Mexican celebrations. I decided to use regular old colored construction paper instead of tissue paper because A) it gave the banner some heft and made it less fragile, and B) I had no idea how to even go about making a little banner out of cut tissue! It was a very quick little craft and made the birthday cake look extra festive.

Materials & Tools


colored construction paper
bamboo skewers
string or baker’s twine
decorative edge punch
glue stick or double-stick tape

1. Cut your construction paper into little rectangles and fold them in half.  Put some glue on the inside of each folded paper, lay the string right in the fold, and glue the paper to itself, enclosing the string. Repeat with all rectangles.
2. When all of the papers are glued onto the string, punch the bottom of each paper with the edge punch.
3. Tie each end of the string to a skewer, and pop that baby onto the top of a cake. Instant fiesta!




8 thoughts on “Diy Papel Picado Cake Bunting

  1. Hi Melissa!

    This is Joy of “Hot Oven, Warm Heart”- you probably don’t remember me, as I took a long hiatus from blogging, but I fondly remember our correspondence during the days of SMS. I just jumped back into the world of food blogging, and I’d love it if you’d stop by and say hello whenever you get a chance! I hope you’re doing well, and still baking up a storm- I love the new look of your site by the way!

    I will definitely be trying this project on my next birthday cake- maybe using each paper with a letter of the recipients name or even HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks so much for the idea!

    Hope to hear from you soon,

  2. hi! where did you get the paper punch thing? I looked at Michael’s but did not find one that I thought could work. we are having a fiesta for our son’s first birthday in august. want to do this cute project!

    1. Hi Carrie! It’s just a Martha Stewart punch from Michael’s. You can see what it looks like in the pictures in the post. I picked one that punched a wavy edge and some little designs at the same time; I think it’s called an “edge punch.”

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