Whether you plan to party or not on May 5, this wreath is fun just to put up for a little festive flair (and it's really easy to make. The biggest part is making the flowers, which took me about an hour.)
Here's what you need: Tissue paper, wreath form, large mesh ribbon, scissors, colorful ribbon and string.
Make the paper flowers:
For this wreath, I made small flowers so I was able to get 3 flowers from using only 3 pieces of tissue paper. Here's what you'll do:
1. Start by layering 3 pieces of tissue paper (place 2 pieces of the same color on bottom, they layer another color on top - this will create a 2-tone flower)
2. Starting on one of the short width sides, begin folding like an accordion (remember making paper fans in school? It's just like that!) . . .
When you are done, you should have 1 long accordion folded piece of tissue . . .
3. Next, cut the accordion strip into thirds . . .
4. Cut little notches on the side where you'll tie with ribbon, yarn or string . . .
5. Use ribbon/string/yarn to tie the middle (I just use whatever is around because the middle won't show anyway :) . . .
6. Fan-out one side of the flower . . .
7. Now, the fun part! Begin pulling the layers a part one at a time. Not sure why, but I always seem to start with the inside layer first. I like to make sure the middle is full enough to cover whatever color of ribbon or yarn I've used to tie it together.
When you are done with the first side, it should look like this . . .
Now, start on the 2nd side to form the full flower and when you're done, you'll have a lovely little piece of flower flair for your wreath! . . .
Make the wreath:
1. Use the mesh ribbon to wrap around the wreath form and glue to the back (so easy!) . . .
2. Then, use your colorful ribbon to tie and hang at the bottom of the wreath . . .
3. OPTIONAL - if you can get fun touches like mini serapes, maracas, sombreros then add them! I got mine on a girls trip to San Antonio, but there's tons of places online to get these kind of items. If you do happen to get this extra flair, use your glue gun to attached to the wrapped wreath . . .
4. Finally, take the paper flowers you've made and start gluing them on all the way around the wreath with a hot glue gun. I wanted a dense look, so I spaced them close together . . .
And that's it! You've got yourself a super-unique and fun Fiesta decoration to welcome guests into your home . . .
I also think this would be cute for a baby shower too! The great thing about these wreaths is that you can customize however you want with color and little pieces of flair.
I hope this was helpful! Have you ever made paper flowers? Do you have any special tips or tricks? I'd love to know ... leave me a comment below :)