Papel picado ("perforated paper," "pecked paper") is a decorative craft made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of tissue paper . Papel picado is considered a Mexican folk art. The designs are commonly cut from colored tissue paper using a guide or template, a small mallet, and chisels, creating as many as fifty banners at a time . Papel picado can also be made by folding tissue paper and using small, sharp scissors. Common themes include birds, floral designs, and skeletons. Papel picados are commonly displayed for both secular and religious occasions, such as Easter, Christmas, the Day of the Dead, as well as during weddings, quinceañeras, baptisms, and christenings. In Mexico, papel picados are often incorporated into the altars (ofrendas) during the Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) and are hung throughout the streets during holidays . In the streets of Mexico, papel picados are often strung together to create a banner that can either be hung across alleyways or displayed in the home.