On May 5, 1862, Mexico’s army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla, thus commemorating Cinco de Mayo. Mexicans make up 24% of their immigrant population in the United States, so it’s a huge celebration like St. Patrick’s Day.
A fun activity that kids will enjoy is making Cinco de Mayo paper flowers. To give the petals a rounded appearance, simply fold tissue paper in accordion style and cut off the end. Then fold the petals in half, and tie them together with floral wire. Finally, fluff the petals by pulling them apart.
Featuring festive patterns for children and adults, this tutorial can be used by both. So that you can work at your own speed and level of expertise, you can choose between easy, intermediate, and advanced Cinco De Mayo paper flowers.
Cinco de Mayo centerpieces with this particular design. A hanging flower ball can be made by replacing the cable ties with a string. Alternatively, you could use floral wire to be more flexible when designing your flowers.
The petals should be prepared
- Make quarter-inch cuts in the standard 20 x 26-inch tissue paper.
- The tissue paper should be stacked on top of each other and folded accordion-style over one long edge. The petals can be folded into 8 or into 6 depending on their size.
- On either side of the folded accordion, cut off a small triangle.
- Tighten the cable around the tissue accordion in the middle.
- Make the folded paper look like flowers by cutting out round edges.
- Fluff the petals by slowly separating the tissue paper.
Assemble the bouquet
- Gather four or five assembled flowers and tie them together with the rubber bands at the end of the cable ties.
- It can either be arranged in vases or simply placed on the table randomly.
HOW TO MAKE CINCO DE MAYO PAPER FLOWERS: CRAFTS FOR YOU LITTLE ONES
Children should be taught about tradition at an early age. Why not get them involved in the preparation of the decor?
1. CROWN OF FLOWERS
Crowns are a sure sign of victory. Make handmade paper flowers for your kids to share with their friends on Cinco de Mayo. Since you can use scraps, no art supplies are needed.
Flowers should be prepared
- Use varying colors of construction paper to cut squares of different sizes for each flower.
- Four-petaled flowers can be cut from these squares when they are folded in quarters.
- Cut out two circles of 1 inch each. Trim the edges to look like a pistil.
- Cut out green construction paper leaves of various sizes.
Put the crown together
- Cut out a 34-inch-wide chipboard by measuring the kid’s head circumference. Make sure the chipboard overlaps by 2-inches.
- By gluing two petals and two fringed circles together, you can assemble the flowers. To make them look like half-open flowers, pinch the petals.
- As you stick the leaves and the flowers to the “crown,” alternate their sizes.
- Glue the incisions together and cut a notch at the halfway point.
- Wrap 24 inches of organza ribbon around the overlapping notch.
2. CALLA LILY BOUQUET
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and friendships with this bouquet of calla lily that your kids can easily make from construction paper.
- Make 4-inch squares with your construction paper, then cut teardrop shapes for the petals out of these squares.
- Using yellow construction paper, cover the flower stem’s tip. Glue a piece of green construction paper around the remainder of the stem.
- Assemble the flower by gluing the wider side of the petals to the stem to form a calla lily.
- Add narrow green leaves to the calla lily’s base using green construction paper.
- Use construction paper to make a cone. Stuff the cone with flowers to make a bouquet.
- Add a ribbon and a bow to the bouquet to complete it.
3. TULIPS MADE OF PAPER
Your kids can formalize their Cinco de Mayo party invitations with this tulip-themed card. In addition to making the paper flowers, the kids can also make the backdrop for their party.
- Using a template, make tulips. Ensure that each tulip cutout has the exact same size.
- Use construction paper to cut out your tulips. Make 6 cutouts for each flower.
- Take the tulip flowers and fold them in half. A folded tulip should be glued to the other half. Repeat the process until you have used all six cutouts.
- Create a sheet of paper by gluing strips of different heights of green construction paper together.
- Add leaves to the stem and stick the flower on it.
Make a paper sunflower for your kids to give to their friends for Cinco de Mayo and spread some positive vibes.
- From yellow construction paper, cut 18 circles (1 12 inches in diameter) and 1 larger circle (4 inches in diameter).
- Divide each smaller circle into thirds.
- The larger circle should go in the center of a sheet of construction paper, followed by the smaller circles.
- Make a stem and a leaf similar to those on a sunflower.
- Use black tissue paper to cut out 1-inch squares. These paper squares must be crumpled and stuck to the larger circle for the seeds.
5. FLOWERS THAT ARE GIANT
It’s so easy to make these giant Cinco de Mayo flowers, even a child can assemble them by herself. In addition to hiding unsightly corners, this is an excellent way to host guests at home. You can use two or more tissue papers if you want it to look thicker.
- Wrap black tissue paper around an old sheet of newspaper. Make sure you do not cut off any extra tissue paper so you can hold onto it. The middle part of the tissue paper is the most important.
- Unfold the colored tissue paper on the table and place it on the table. Create petals by cutting a curve along the edge.
- It should be about 12,000 times wider than the tissue paper.
- Crepe paper should be stretched out and laid on top of the tissue paper. Each flower should have five layers of this.
- Using a pipe cleaner or floral wire, tie the petals around the middle piece.
PAPER FLOWERS FOR CINCO DE MAYO
Make some beautiful Cinco de Mayo decorations with tissue paper flowers or crepe paper flowers.
6. BLOOMING POMPOMS
Here are instructions for making Cinco de Mayo paper flowers that you can use for hanging from the ceiling, trees, or decorating your party venue. To make your pompom flowers even more festive, you can use different colors of tissue paper.
- Fold the tissues in half and lay them flat. Fold ten sheets at a time.
- Ten layers of tissue paper can be made by folding the cut tissue paper over each other.
- To make the fringe look more realistic, make small snips along the long edge of the tissue paper, each about 1 12 inches long.
- You can fold the paper accordion-style, with an approximate width of 1 12 inches.
- Having prepared your accordion fold, fold it in half to obtain the center.
- Using the fishing line, cut a strand of about 1 m length and tie it around the center of the accordion fold as tightly as you can.
- If you fluff the pompom open, ensure that the other end does not touch the table as you tie it off.
- Each sheet should be opened slowly, alternating between sides, so it remains uniformly round. You should be careful to separate each sheet slowly so as not to tear the fringe.
- You can round off the rounded look by gently pulling some sheets. These can be made in threes or fives to hang from a ceiling or party venue.
7. CARNATION FLOWER MADE FROM CREPE PAPER
It’s simple to make crepe paper carnations, and they make beautiful bouquets. Simply arrange them in a bouquet with a stem. It makes an affordable Cinco de Mayo decor item when arranged in a vase or wrapped in tissue paper.
As an all-year-round ornament, it doesn’t even need to be taken down after the holiday.
- Make three inch wide strips out of your crepe paper of choice.
- Create a fringe of 34 inches by cutting the strips every 2 inches.
- With a pair of pinking shears, cut the fringe on the edges.
- Stretch the fringes slowly to make them flat.
- To make the crepe paper strip look like a carnation, gather the uncut portion and attach it with floral wire. In order to prevent petals from slipping off, secure a small bunch.
- The stem can be inserted with a floral stem or pipe cleaner when the carnation is assembled.
- Tape the stem and the base of the plant. The leaves and sepals can also be hot glued to crepe paper if you wish.
8. COSMOS FLOWER DOUBLE TISSUE PAPER
As easy as making pompom flowers, you can make these double cosmos flowers for Cinco de Mayo. For them to be more realistic, you should add “pollen”. To make the petals, use yellow, orange, and hot pink tissue paper, and to make the pollen, deep yellow tissue paper.
- Fold 8 sheets of whole tissue paper accordion-style into 2-inch folds, and lay them on the table.
- Along the long side of each tissue paper sheet, cut two pieces. Fold it twice and cut a 1-inch fringe on each side.
- On top of the larger tissue paper, place the fringed tissue paper. It should be centered.
- Assemble accordion-style and secure with floral wire.
- Form the flower by slowly unfolding the tissue paper.
9. BOUQUET OF TEXT PAPERS
This flower uses all-white tissue paper. Did you know that? A few dabs of watercolor can be used to make the highlight in the center.
- White tissue paper or crepe paper is cut into 10-inch-long narrow strips.
- Taking a portion of the stem and forming a flower around it. Ties the ends of the stem together.
- Attach the floral tape to the base of the flower, then glue it in place. Wrap the floral tape around the stem until the entire length is covered.
- Apply watercolor to the center of the flower by dabbing the paintbrush tip in it.
- Allow it to dry upside down.
10. HYDRANGEAS COFFEE FILTER
The flower, also known as the million flower, represents abundance and gratitude. They can be used as spring and fall ornaments as well as a Cinco de Mayo decoration. It may look complicated, but making this paper flower design is simple.
- Fill a small bowl with water and add a few drops of food coloring. Wet the coffee filters with the mixture.
- Arrange the coffee filters on a flat surface to dry.
- Spread out three coffee filters on the table. Make sure they are stacked on top of each other.
- You will end up with a triangle after folding it four times.
- A 4-petaled flower should be drawn on the broader side of the triangle along with a large stem.
- Remove the flower from the stem. Place the coffee filter aside, and do the same for the remaining three coffee filters Add a touch of hot glue as you go. Separate and lay them on top of one another..
- Lay the two pieces on top of each other, adding a little hot glue here and there.
- Attempt to give the hydrangeas an authentic look by crumpling the leaves slightly.
FLOWERS FOR CINCO DE MAYO INTERMEDIATE
The following are six Cinco de Mayo flower patterns for intermediate crafters. They can also be used for holidays other than Cinco de Mayo.
11. DAHLIA STATEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION
Making this dahlia out of construction paper is a wonderful Cinco de Mayo centerpiece. A more enticing and joyful feel can be achieved with colorful construction paper.
- For the base, cut out the construction paper according to your desired size. Dahlias grow to a diameter of 12 inches from a base of 8 inches. If you’re looking to make a smaller flower, you can make a smaller base.
- Make petals slightly rhomboid by cutting them. Experiment with different shapes until you find the right shape.
- Using a bone folder, curl the petals to make assembly easier.
- Make uneven cones by assembling the petals.
- Leave a 12-inch gap between the cone petals when arranging the petals on the base.
- Push the tip of the cone petals down to flatten them after hot gluing the first layer to the base.
- The cone petals should be glued and flattened after each layer.
12. ROSES MADE FROM CREPE PAPER
You can make Cinco de Mayo flowers that look realistic by following the step-by-step instructions below. Making a rose bouquet for the corner table or buffet table won’t cost you much and your guests will be impressed.
- Cut crepe paper into two 12 x 3 inch pieces. The inner petals should be crimson red, while the outer petals should be regular red.
- Using crepe paper strips, cut teardrop-shaped petals.
- Using a pencil, roll each petal twice to create a curly shape. To do this, stretch the center and the upper edge of the petals.
- Roll a small piece of the first crimson petal around the stem of the floral and add more petals as you go.
- Change to lighter red petals after 3-4 crimson petals and repeat until the flower is the right size.
- Trim a crepe paper strip into triangular shapes and add the sepals. It should be wrapped around the rose’s base and covered with floral tape.
13. BACKDROP OF FLOWERS
Take your Cinco de Mayo photo booth to the next level with this gorgeous backdrop. Paper flowers can also be used to decorate a selfie frame made from 20 x 28-inch chipboard.
The flowers should be made
- Create the petals from the templates, making 3-4 petals for each flower.
- Describe the problem. Pierce the narrow sides of the petals with small slits. Make a slightly curved petal by gluing the slit parts together.
- Join four larger petals together. Assemble four smaller petals and place them in the center of the big flower.
- Work your way toward the center, adding smaller petals as you go.
- Use a construction paper strip of a different color than the petals to make the fringe. Glue it in the center of the flower so it looks like a pistil.
- Cut a circle that is smaller than the flower’s base. Put floral wire into the circle and glue it in place. Your flowers will be attached to it later.
- Cut construction paper into leaves. Fold it accordion-style while folded in half. Different shades of green and different sizes can be used.
Put together the backdrop
- As the base for the backdrop, lay out the foam board or another hard surface. An HDF pegboard is another option for easier assembly.
- Arrange your flowers according to your preference. Tape one end of a 2-inch floral wire to the board.
- Tape the other end of floral wire to the one you previously attached to the board in Step B. This will keep the flower in place. You can add more flowers if necessary.
- Glue the leaves to the board to complete the backdrop. Leaves should be arranged in a border and in the center.
14. POPPIES MADE FROM CREPE PAPER
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of peace, so poppies are very fitting. You can also use them to decorate your room in a colorful manner.
- Tissue paper can be wrapped around the floral stem to represent a poppy’s center. To conceal the tissue paper, use floral tape.
- From the 11 x 6-inch strip of yellow crepe paper, cut a fine fringe to create the pistil.
- Make the fringe look like pollen by rubbing orange oil pastel on the end.
- Apply glue around the center of the pistil.
Preparation of petals
- From the yellow crepe paper, cut out two pieces each of 3 1 4 x 4 3 4 inches and 3 1 4 x 6 inches.
- Make the petals look like petals by folding the strips in half and cutting off the edge.
- The curved part of the petals should be covered in red hippie powder.
- Roll a rolled petal tightly before opening it, then gather one side of the log. Secure one end with hot glue.
- Give the petals a curled look by stretching their centers a bit.
- Attach the smaller ones to the center, gluing them together. Close the gap between the smaller petals by adding the larger petals to the outer part.
Leaves should be made
- Use the green crepe paper to cut a 3 1/4-inch square.
- Put it on opposite sides of a piece of floral foam and cut it in half diagonally.
- With a chrysanthemum leaf form, cut out the leaf after it has dried.
Create a bud
- Tissue paper should be wrapped around a second stem of flowers.
- Cut a diamond-shaped piece of floral tape and cover it with it.
- Use floral tape to cover the entire stem.
- To assemble one flower, collect one bud.
- Attach the leaves and cover them with floral tape.
15. FLORAL BALLS MADE OF FELTS
You’re trying to come up with a way to make flowers for your guests for Cinco de Mayo. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make three cute topiaries that you can give as a gift.
The stem must be prepared
- Put a floral stem in the center of a Styrofoam ball. Select the size of the ball accordingly.
The ball should be sky blue
- Cut sky blue felt cloth into 1 12 inch squares. Make a small square out of it by folding it twice, and cut a four-petal flower out of it. For more prominent flowers, you can cut them into squares 2 x 2 inches or bigger.
- The petals should be pried together after hot gluing a small piece in the center. Repeat the process a second time.
The yellow ball should be made
- From the yellow felt cloth, cut circles (1 12 inches in diameter). Larger circles will make larger flowers.
- Create a curly strip from the circle.
- Make the strip look like a rose by rolling it. Repeat as necessary.
Put the green ball there
- Prepare a green felt cloth measuring 1 1 2 x 8 inches.
- The cloth should be folded along the long edge and glued together.
- Remove the glue from the reverse side by making a few minor cuts.
- Create small petals by rolling the strip.
Put together the flower balls
- Styrofoam balls with one color each should be wrapped in flowers using hot glue.
- Make dark green leaves using felt cloth. To make a stem for the leaves, wrap a short piece of floral wire around them.
- Wrap the stem with dark green floral tape or a piece of dark green felt cloth, then hot glue the leaves onto the stem.
Topiaries should be put together
- Use the same color for the flowers as the felt cloth to cover your plastic flowerpot (the shape doesn’t matter).
- Add Styrofoam to the flower pot. Cement may also be used.
- Styrofoam should be adhered to the flower ball with hot glue.
- Dark green felt cloth can be used to cover the Styrofoam. Instead of scraps of cloth, use pebbles if you are using cement.
- Alternatively, you can use any décor you like to decorate the pot.
Advancing CINCO DE MAYO PAPER FLOWERS
We’ve gathered some tips for advanced crafters looking for exquisite Cinco de Mayo paper flowers.
16. FLOWER BALLS MADE WITH COFFEE FILTER
Because coffee filters should be handled with care, these flower balls are included in the advanced section. Despite being designed to withstand prolonged filtering, excess water must be wrung out, paint must be applied, and the oven must be left to dry.
Preparation of the coffee filter
- Just enough acrylic paint should be added to the water to color it while maintaining its transparency.
- Put 6 coffee filters on top of one another and soak them until they are sufficiently wet. Using the same color that you used for wetting the coffee filters, apply acrylic paint to the coffee filters.
- Bake it for 30 minutes at 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving enough space between colors will prevent them from bleeding.
Create the flower
- As soon as the coffee filters are dry, stack two of the same color and fold in half.
- Grab one of the inner folds of the coffee filter with a pair of tweezers and slowly rotate it toward the center to resemble a rose.
- Fluff the petals by removing the outer petals carefully.
Put together the flower ball
- Glue the flowers onto the foam ball to make the flower ball.
- To use it as a bouquet, you can attach a string to it or use gauge 40 floral stems.
17. PEONY CHRYSANTHEMUM ON PAPER
Cinco de Mayo wouldn’t be complete without these lovely peony chrysanthemum centerpieces. The gaudy colors of this holiday can be matched with darker crepe paper.
Preparation of the petals
- Use these measurements to cut your pink crepe paper:
- One strip measuring 19 6/8 x 2 318 inches
- *5 strips, each measuring 19 7/8 x 23 3/4 inches
- Using the crepe paper strips, stretch them slightly. Approximately 3/16-inch cuts should be made in your crepe paper. Create petals similar to chrysanthemums.
- Apply bone rollers or pencils to the petals.
Put together the flower
- Put a floral stem into a square of aluminum foil and crumple it up. This will mimic a lollipop.
- Tie it off with a floral wire or thread, and wrap it in pink crepe paper.
- Roll the aluminum ball slowly with the narrow strip of petals. Then tie the ball with the thread or floral wire.
- Make a cone-shaped base for the flower by wrapping two wide strips of petals.
- Reverse the direction of your assembly and wrap the remaining 3 wide strips around the cone. Once the 3 strips are attached, the base of the cone should appear rounded.
- Add the sepals to the flower to complete it.
Leaves should be made
- For each flower, cut 4-5 leaves from construction paper after making a leaf pattern out of cardstock. Connect the leaves with floral wire.
- Wrap the stem with floral tape, beginning with the base of the flower. Attach the leaves as you go, spreading the floral wire. Before wrapping the leaves with floral tape, you may use hot glue to secure the leaves to the stem.
18. GLADIOLI CONCRETE PAPERS
These gladioli will add a sense of variety to your Cinco de Mayo bouquet. Paper flowers may seem difficult, but any crafter with patience can make them.
Put together the stem
- Create a 24-inch stem by hot gluing 3 floral stems together.
- Using floral tape or a green strip of crepe paper, wrap the stem.
Prepare the buds
- Make leaf shapes out of the 588 x 1 388-inch rectangles.
- Put two of the leaf shapes on the stem, face to face, curved side facing in, or outside facing.
- If you are going lower on the stem, slowly increase the size of the buds as you go.
- Create a slightly open bud by cutting a rectangle of yellow crepe paper that measures 1 5/8 x 2 inches. Make the edges look like petals by trimming them off.
- To resemble a rosebud, stretch and roll the center of each petal. Connect the stem with two leaves and cover the glued areas with floral tape as you go.
The flowers should be made
- Stripes of yellow crepe paper should be 384 x 3 inches long, with one end cut about 12.5 inches long. Attach with floral wire. These will act as pistils.
- The second strip can be further cut, folded over, and glued. Use acrylic paint or oil pastels to color the glued portion of the strip. Tie the strips together around the pistil.
- Yellow crepe paper should be cut into six wider rectangles of 3 x 3 inches. Cut each rectangle into a petal shape.
- Stretch the petals’ upper edges and centers slightly.
- The petals should be attached around the pistil, starting with three petals for the first layer, and adding the remaining three petals for the outer layer. Finish the flower with leaves.
- Create as many flowers as you can per stem.
- Wrap the flower stems with floral tape as you hot glue the flowers to them.
- The main leaf should be finished by cutting a long strip of green crepe paper.
19. A DAISY MADE OF CREPE PAPER
There is nothing more simple than a daisy, but this crepe paper daisy is painstakingly made. Adding these paper flowers to a bouquet of roses or chrysanthemums makes them a perfect accent.
Pistils and pollens should be made
- Take a yellow crepe paper strip and cut it into a 1 x 7-inch square.
- Make small cuts to simulate pistils and pollens on the long side of the sheet.
- Insert the one end of the pistil part into the hook of a floral wire and make a small hook on the other end. A long-nosed plier can be used to close it and lock the pistil.
- Add hot glue to the pistil as you roll it on the stem. The pistil should measure 58 millimeters in diameter. Discard.
The petals should look like this
- Use a white crepe paper strip to cut 1 12 inches wide. Make it slightly longer.
- Take the white crepe paper and fold it into six 388-inch folds. There should be three folds per petal.
- Use a bone roller to curl the tips of the petals after cutting off the sides.
- Attach petals to pistil by gluing. Add floral wire to strengthen.
- Using green crepe paper, cut small triangles for the sepals. Stick them to the flower’s base.
Leaves should be made
- Make a long strip of green crepe paper along its grain, measuring 38 x 318.
- Create a daisy leaf effect by slightly stretching the crepe paper and folding it in half. Repeat 3-5 times.
- Add leaves to the stem as you cover the sepals with floral tape.
- Put them in an arrangement that resembles real flower leaves.
20. HIBISCUS ON CREPE PAPER
Decorate your Cinco de Mayo table with these lovely double hibiscuses. Simply stick a few of these paper flowers into some foliage for an ornament fit for a king.
Leaves and petals should be prepared
Make cuts in the crepe paper according to the size chart below. Each set is good for one flower.
- 12 yellow rectangles measuring 3 12 x 1 14 inches
- Yellow rectangles, 3 12.5 x 2 12.5 inches (five)
- 5 rectangles measuring 4 34 x 3 12 inches (green)
- Five large yellow rectangles and twelve small yellow rectangles should be curved on one end. Fold larger rectangles in half and roll them. The big petals will be these.
- You can create an ombre effect by dabbing orange oil pastel on a piece of foam and rubbing it on the lower end of the smaller rectangles. This will be the smaller petals.
- Glue the orange strip over one end of the yellow strip. Cut a small piece of yellow and orange crepe paper, and fold it over.
- Cut the yellow and orange stripes. You will use these as pollen. Hot glue them to a floral stem.
Hibiscus hibiscus: assemble
- The smaller petals should be attached to the stem using a thread or floral wire.
- Stretch the edges after unrolling.
- The larger petals are unrolled, stretched, and hot glued to the smaller petals. Make it look more realistic.
- You can add the sepals by cutting small triangles from green crepe paper. Simply wrap the crepe around the hibiscus base. Place the sepals on top.
- Wrap a piece of kitchen towel around the stem of each flower to thicken it. Tape it shut.
Leaves should be made
- Cut each rectangle into two triangles.
- It should be glued to a floral stem, overlapping the longer side to cover the stem.
- Make the leaf by cutting off the excess crepe paper. Make the leaves look real by forming grooves.
- Use floral tape to wrap the stem.
Put together the flowers
- You can add more leaves as you go lower, using floral tape to attach them. One arrangement can have up to three flowers.
PAPER FLOWERS COMMON ISSUES ON CINCO DE MAYO
To bring out their full beauty, paper flowers require extra patience and creativity. I understand why you feel hesitant to make them. Keep in mind, however, that paper flowers are now a popular wedding decoration.
If you are entertaining outdoors (except during rainy seasons, of course), paper flowers are a cost-effective alternative to fresh flowers.
Concern about the environment
There are environmental issues associated with papercrafting, especially if you use brand new paper. Crepe paper, tissue paper, and construction paper are made with industrial-type dyes that can be toxic if dumped directly into a body of water.
Level of skill
Without perfecting their skills, not everyone can make realistic-looking paper flowers. After a few tries, you will gain enough experience to do better. Making paper flowers is all about practice.
Make sure you don’t rush paper flowers if you want a professional look. Smooth out any uneven edges with patience. The cuts can also be kept as uniform as possible, especially in symmetrical designs.
Magnet for dust
Fresh flowers may be pollen-free, but paper flowers tend to attract dust. Having the right tools to clean them is one key to enjoying your lovely papercrafts.
You can effectively remove dust from your paper flowers with a feather duster, especially those made from construction paper. You can use a hairdryer or a handheld vacuum cleaner with the blower setting to dry tissue paper and crepe paper flowers.
Have you enjoyed reading this article about how to make paper flowers for Cinco de Mayo? I certainly did! It would be nice to include more ideas since there are still a lot out there.
In a few days, Mother’s day will be here. Don’t throw out your Cinco de Mayo flowers, because they’ll work well to decorate your Mother’s Day gifts.
What is your favorite Cinco de Mayo paper flower? How skilled are you at paper crafting? Comment below.