The Mexican Day of the Dead comes two days after Halloween, and we are excited to hang the delicate cut paper banners known as papel picado in anticipation of both holidays. More exciting still, we found the free patterns online to make them ourselves.
Marilyn Scott-Waters posts free project plans on her site The Toymaker with the stated goal of helping "grownups and kids spend time together making things." Cool. There are several Halloween projects on the site, and these paper banners are our favorites, without question. Download PDF files for skulls, cats, pumpkins and owls here.