Fine papel picado for weddings, events, and altars.

Indio, California
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Announcement    We handcraft our original papel picado: Mexican papercut banners. Find ready-made or order custom decorations for weddings, celebrations, fiestas, and altars. Large events welcome! Bulk pricing on orders 200 ft+. Request a quote.

Visit our website: www.aymujershop.com

.. Life is Beautiful! Viva la vida!


Last updated on Feb 22, 2022

We handcraft our original papel picado: Mexican papercut banners. Find ready-made or order custom decorations for weddings, celebrations, fiestas, and altars. Large events welcome! Bulk pricing on orders 200 ft+. Request a quote.

Visit our website: www.aymujershop.com

.. Life is Beautiful! Viva la vida!


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About AyMujer

Sales 13,582
On Etsy since 2008

Makers of Fine Papel Picado

Established in 2008, we are a family business in Indio, California. ¡Ay Mujer! is myself, Yreina, and my brother, Esteban. Together, we specialize in making original papel picado, (Mexican papercut flags and decor).

I grew up appearing in local parades alongside my grandfather, Dave Hernandez, the founder of the City of Indio's International Tamale Festival. My early memories are filled with the excitement of festivals, fairs and looking up to my community-organizer grandparents, parents and family friends. My hometown's motto is "The City of Festivals"! I hope my happiness, pride and love for my community is reflected in our papel picado.

Our work has been featured in many print and online publications, including Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides UK, Destination Weddings, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, etc. Recently, our banners were on TV's Food Network in Giada at Home.

[Yreina Flores Ortiz's fine art papel picado pieces have exhibited in the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the PS Art Museum of Palm Desert.]


Whether by commission or inspiration, I start off by drawing my designs and lettering with a pencil on good ol'fashioned graph paper. Next, I'll cut a test banner. I look for areas in the flag that may be too delicate or 'busy'. When I'm satisfied with the design, we go ahead & handcraft the final banners. We use only 100% recycled tissue paper.

Sometimes, we will hear from a bride who framed a flag of our papel picado that hung in her wedding. She associates it with her happiness: remembering the time, the place, and the people that shared in it. It is an honor to create this connection!

What is papel picado?

In the U.S., commercially available papel picado is mostly mass-produced, decorative-cut, paper and plastic flags. Many don't know that papel picado has roots that can be traced back to Mexico's ancient indigenous peoples, who would cut ceremonial offerings out of bark paper, (amatl). Today, papel picado’s connection to life's ceremonies endures. It's used in many celebrations such as: Day of the Dead, Christmas, weddings, baptisms, etc...

En mi familia, Friday nights are part of our living ceremony. We gather around the kitchen table-- eating, laughing, catching up on the latest & greatest, and teasing each other. Oh, the stories we tell! ¡Ay Mujer! was born on one of these nights. Because, why not? Why not make a living doing what we love? Why not fulfill a romantic yearning for quality and substance in our craft? Why not reclaim what has become 'disposable art’ and elevate it back to where it started... as a sacred offering… a prayer?

Shop members

  • Yreina Flores

    Owner, Maker, Artist

    I design everything, run the biz, and work in production and shipping.

  • Esteban Flores


    Esteban is a master paper-cutter. He works behind the scenes: stringing, packaging and hand-cutting. He is the life of the party, bringing joy and light to his work.

  • Bella

    Studio Assistant

    My lovely daughter. For the past 4 years, she has worked summers with us: running the laser cutter, packaging, and cleaning up around the studio.

  • Lydia


    Smart, detail-oriented and reliable. Both a family member and team member. Lydia works from home, assembling our ready-made selections.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
For specific inquiries, including bulk and trade pricing:
mail [at] aymujershop.com

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Shipping costs are nonrefundable.
CA residents will be charged sales tax.

Orders are processed and production times start upon receipt of full payment. If you pay with a paper check, it will take 3-4 days for payment to clear, sometimes longer.
Please make sure this address is accurate when you checkout to avoid mistakes in delivery.

We send out email shipping notifications with tracking info. This message goes to the email address on your Etsy invoice.

- We provide tracking info for every US order.

- We can NOT give you an exact delivery date nor promise that your package will arrive by a certain day, as there are no guarantees made by the postal service due to possible delays in customs at the borders. We have no control over customs processing times. PLEASE ORDER EARLY IF YOU NEED YOUR ORDER FOR A SPECIFIC DATE.
- International buyers are responsible for any import duties or additional charges. They are not included in the cost of shipping.

- You can check your Etsy invoice to see if your purchase has shipped. This can be found by clicking your Etsy account's 'Purchases' button.
Additional policies and FAQs

Production times are stated in each listing description. However, during peak demand, we reserve the right to prioritize orders by event date. If you need your order before the official event date, tell us this in the 'Note to Seller' section of Etsy checkout.

If your order is for a special event, include this date in the 'Note to Seller' section of Etsy Checkout.

We do our best to accommodate rush orders, but never at the expense of our other customers. Please message us prior to purchasing. If we can accommodate it, we will let you know. Rush pricing is an additional 20%.

You can mix patterns on your banners! You'd need to purchase from the different designs in the shop & let us know to alternate them when we string your banners. For example, if you liked AMOR FILETEADO and BOUQUET, you could buy them both & ask us to string them up together, alternating the designs. Put your instructions in the 'Note to Seller' section of Etsy checkout.

Free! We're happy to send them. Send us a convo with your address & the colors you'd like to see. It can take us up to a week to get the samples into the mail. Sample transit time is not included in order production time.

We use tissue paper that is 100% Post Industrial Recycled Fiber content. It's not only eco-friendly, it's actually better quality. Recycled content tissue paper is thicker and stronger than standard gift wrap grade tissue paper... we also use unbleached cotton string and non-toxic, PVC -free adhesive. We can make plastic banners in bulk quantities. Send us an inquiry if interested.

AY MUJER reserves the right to photograph, post or sell any design that originates as a custom order, unless we agree otherwise.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, and/or to cancel a sale if deemed to be in the best interest of our business.