Crepe Paper Flowers

mexican crepe paper flowers cinco de mayo crafts decorating projects

I found the grogeous photo above while perusing the web for Cinco de Mayo decorative inspiration – doesn’t the vibrant mix of colors just make you want to grab a margarita and host a festive get together?  Fiesta time is just around the corner, so stop by your nearest dollar store for some brightly colored crepe paper streamers and get busy creating these easy and colorful flowers. I used single colored rosettes to create a twine-strung garland and dual-colored flowers to create festive napkin rings for setting the table.

Napkin Rings


mexican crepe paper flowers cinco de mayo crafts decorating projects

Here’s what you need:

  • multiple colors of brightly colored crepe paper streamers
  • needle & scissors
  • dental floss
  • floral tape
  • floral wire
  • plain napkin rings (mine are green glass and are from my decorating stash – a clearance find at Ross)

mexican crepe paper flowers cinco de mayo crafts decorating projects

Here’s what you do:

  1. Take two colors of streamer and pinch together at bottom.  Using your free hand, feed more streamer to the  pinched end, creating the center of your rosette.
  2. Use needle and floss to secure first few folds.
  3. Continue adding streamer around the base and use floss to secure after every few additions.

    mexican crepe paper flowers cinco de mayo crafts decorating projects

  4. When flower is the size you want, tie off floss and snip ends.
  5. Bend the end of your floral wire over a few times to create a decorative knot.

    mexican crepe paper flowers cinco de mayo crafts decorating projects

  6. Thread the floral wire through the center of the flower, inserting from the top.

    mexican crepe paper flowers cinco de mayo crafts decorating projects

  7. Wrap floral tape around base of flower to secure to wire.
  8. Place flower in desired position on napkin ring and wrap wire around to secure.

mexican crepe paper flowers cinco de mayo crafts decorating projects

Rosette Garland


mexican crepe paper flowers cinco de mayo crafts decorating projects

Here’s what you need:

  • multiple colors of brightly colored crepe paper streamers
  • needle & scissors
  • dental floss
  • jute twine or some other type of string/yarn/ribbon

Here’s what you do:

  1. Using the same technique as above, bunch together one edge of a single streamer to create the center of your flower.
  2. Knot end of floss and thread through end to secure.  Add more folds to the pinched edge and secure with floss.  Repeat until flower is the desired size.
  3. Tie off end, leaving a 1 1/2 inch tail of floss.
  4. Tie rosettes onto jute twine with equal spacing (with my hand outstretched, I used the length from the tip of my index finger to the tip of my thumb for spacing – about 6 1/2 inches)
  5. Hang and admire your handiwork!

mexican crepe paper flowers cinco de mayo crafts decorating projects

Cost: $8 for both projects, with plenty of left over streamers for another use!

Tips: Brown floral tape and coordinating brown cloth covered wire were purchased at Joann’s for $4.  Streamers were purchased at the 99 cent store for a buck per color.  You could also use thread to secure your rosettes, but I prefer the strength of floss, as well as the fact that it doesn’t tear the delicate crepe paper.