DIY: Mexican Papel Picado

No Mexican themed party is a real fiesta without papel picado. Papel picado is a Mexican folk art where designs are cut into paper and displayed for different special occasions.

Professional papel picado is really impressive and can feature different elaborate scenes. Commonly seen designs are skeletons, birds, and flowers for Day of the Dead celebrations. You don’t have to be a pro to make your own pretty papel picado though. Here’s how to do it.

Using colored tissue paper, you’re going to fold and cut different shapes out. It’s similar to making paper snowflakes. You know the ones.

Papel Picado Steps

1. Cut a rectangle of tissue paper. 6″x8″ is a good size.

2. Fold the paper in quarters, width wise.

3-4. Make an curvy cut at the bottom.

5-6. Cut shapes into folds. Try folding at different angles to get as much variety as possible.

I like to iron mine with low heat when they’re finished. This smooths the fold lines out nicely.

Use as many different colors and designs as possible!

DIY Mexican Papel Picado

Use clear tape to attach them to a ribbon or string and hang them like a garland.

DIY Mexican Papel PicadoThat’s it! Now your fiestas will be super authentic. Trust me, I’m Mexican.



Appetizer Alert! Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese on Cucumber Rounds

Happy New Year, guys! I gained a lot of weight over the holidays. I’m talking the weight of a toddler. No fucks were given about what I shoved in my mouth from October 1st to January 1st. So guess what I’m doing? Low carbing. I know, I know. Save me the lecture about dieting. Listen, I have to be a bridesmaid in wedding in less than 4 months and I already bought the damn dress. I need it to fit or I’m totally screwed. Anyway, low carbing hasn’t sucked as bad as I remember. I mean I WAS a strict vegetarian back when I did it years ago, that probably had a lot to do with it. My husband and I are both way better at cooking than we were back then too. That helps. Luckily we have recipes that we eat year round that just happen to be low carb. I’m a major nosher so I usually whip up appetizer type things to nibble on while I cook or watch movies.

This is one of my favorites. I like to serve these with a glass of nice dry riesling. MmmmMmmm. They are perfect for any occasion from game night to dinner parties.

Smoked Salmon Appetizer - Salmon, Cream Cheese, and CucumberYou can smoke your own salmon if you want but you can also get cold smoked salmon at your grocery store (I get mine at Trader Joes). It’s already smoked and sliced so it’s ready when you are. Look for “smoked” salmon and not “cured” salmon (lox). You’ll also need cream cheese and cucumbers. Peel the cucumber and slice it up. Don’t slice it too thin or it’ll be floppy and won’t hold all the good toppings. 1/4 inch thick is good. Spread a little cream cheese on each slice and top with a piece of salmon. I don’t cut my salmon, I like to break it apart with my hands. It looks prettier. Lay them out on a platter and watch them disappear. NOMNOMNOM.

Smoked Salmon Appetizer - Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Cucumber