DIY Fiesta Garland

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow and I thought I’d give you a special Friday treat and do a little DIY for some fiesta-inspired decorations – if you’re having a Cinco de Mayo party they might come in handy! As I searched around for inspiration I kept saving photos of papel picado, a form of Mexican folk art that consists of tissue paper cut into elaborate decorative designs, usually strung from string to create garlands.


They are truly beautiful, and easy enough to make (although my designs are nowhere near as complex and pretty as the ones you’ll typically find in Mexican culture).

All you need is some string, tissue paper and glue.  I used the woodsies for some other tiny decorations you’ll see below :)

I cut the tissue paper into rectangles and then folded them in half so that I could simply drape them over the string when it came to hanging them on the garland. Then you can fold it into triangular shapes or just fold it over several times and cut little shapes out – like you would if you were making a paper snowflake :)

When you’re finished, unfold and drape over some string! I dabbed a little bit of glue on the string to hold it in place. Experiment with different colors and cut-out designs to create your garland!

I had a lot of extra tissue paper so I also made some cute little toppers that could be used for cupcakes or snacks :) cut some tissue paper into small rectangles – use multiple layers or colors!

Glue the rectangles to the woodies.

Using scissors cut slits in the tissue paper, stopping before you get to the stick. And voila, festive little flags :)

Stay tuned for some more decor and recipe ideas coming later this weekend!

Get crafty with more DIY projects!

Photos by Julia.


  1. One of my projects on the to-do list is to get some of these and frame them. I think they’re so gorgeous!

    The Good Life

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