How To Make Paper Fiesta Flowers For Hanging

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Ready to make a festive paper flower garland for your next fiesta? Here are step-by-step directions with photos to help you make decorative paper flower pom-poms which can be hung on a string, from the ceiling, on tree branches or wherever you like! (It’s a great craft to do with your niños!)

How To Make Paper Fiesta Flowers

What you need:

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Crepe paper (Tissue paper will probably work but that isn’t what I used.)
Wire (Small children may feel more comfortable working with pipe cleaners.)
String
Scissors

Directions:

1. Cut 4 sheets of crepe paper to the same length. (Mine were about 9 1/2 inches by 22 inches.) As I mentioned above, this will probably work with tissue paper but I use crepe paper because it’s stronger, doesn’t tear as easily, and has a little added texture compared to tissue paper.

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2. With the sheets of paper lined up on top of each other, fold width-wise in 1 1/2 inch fan/accordion style folds.

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3. Secure in the middle with a length of wire about 7 inches long. Don’t secure it so tightly that you crush the paper too much. (It should now look like a bow tie.)

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4. Spread out the fan folds.

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5. Carefully separate each layer. Fluff and adjust as needed on each side so it is round in shape.

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6. Secure the wire to a long length of string. Repeat until you have the garland as long as you want it.

7. Hang up your garland of pretty pom-pom flowers and throw a fiesta!

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8 thoughts on “How To Make Paper Fiesta Flowers For Hanging

      • Oh, yes! Endless possibilities. You can imagine my excitement. Part of me wishes I were still in the classroom, so my students could “run with it” for Charro Days, an annual festival around the start of Lent in Brownsville, TX.

      • Oh wow – I can imagine a whole classroom being “put to work” on this activity! They’d make an awesome garland in no time – much faster than just working on one’s own!

        I’ve never heard of Charro Days. I could Google it but for the sake of old fashioned conversation, want to tell me about it? Sounds fun.

      • Funny, I have my students make these for Día de los Muertos in orange and purple, using crepe paper and pipe cleaners. They don’t usually come out as nicely as yours, though.

      • It’s a popular craft in the classroom I see! … My suegra used to make them (and sell them, I believe), but hers were a bit different than these. She liked to twist in little stamen in the center and cut the paper so the petals took on different shapes. There are a lot of variations!

    • They’re so happy, aren’t they? Whenever I make decorations for Nochebuena or a birthday, I always want to leave them up longer – it creates such a nice atmosphere :)

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