How to Make Mexican Paper Flowers for Cinco de Mayo Decorations

Let’s make beautiful tissue paper flowers to celebrate May 5!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Celebrate by learning how to make Mexican paper flowers! This flower craft for kids is fun and easy for all ages (and adults) and requires just a few supplies.

A bunch of colorful tissue paper flowers arranged on a wooden background
Make these Mexican tissue paper flowers to make your Cinco de Mayo celebration colorful.

I wanted to share this tissue paper pom-pom flowers craft that you can make with your kids to add some color to your life this week. 

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Tissue Paper Flowers Craft

While we are making this for our Cinco de Mayo celebration, these are homemade flowers that can be made for any holiday or just because you want some colorful decoration in your home.

supplies for making pom pom mexican paper flowers like tissue paper, twine, stapler and pipe cleaners laid out on a wood surface
Gather these supplies to make Mexican tissue paper flowers from tissue paper!

Supplies for Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers

You only need a couple of supplies to make these beautiful Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers:

Instructions for making Mexican Paper Flowers

Step 1

Fold the tissue paper sheets in half or cut between 5-8 sheets into rectangles.

tissue paper folded in accordian style and stapled in the center for making mexican paper flowers for cinco de mayo crafts
Tissue paper folded in accordion style and staples in the center for making pom pom flowers
Step 2

Then, fold the tissue paper pages like an accordion.

Staple them together in the middle.

Each layer of tissue paper is pulled to the center to make the paper tissue paper flowers
Pull each sheet of tissue paper towards the center to form the Mexican tissue paper flowers
Step 3

Start pulling every single sheet up from one half (it doesn’t matter on what side you start) and then do the other half.

Each half will meet in the middle to create the crinkled flower look.

Tissue paper flowers is done and displayed on a wood background
Mexican tissue paper flower is ready for decoration.
Finished Tissue Paper Flowers

The great thing about doing this craft with kids is that it doesn’t matter if their paper gets all crinkled and smashed.

It will still look like a flower at the end!

Make each one in different colors to make your Cinco de Mayo decorations colorful.

Colorful tissue paper pom poms displayed on a wood surface for cinco de mayo decorations
These colorful tissue paper flowers are perfect Cinco de mayo crafts to make with kids.

Using Mexican Flowers for Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Make several of them and attach them on some string to display it as flower garland. 

A orange mexican paper flowers is hanged for display while other mexcian paper flowers are displayed on the wood surafce below.
Hang these colorful tissue paper flowers for Cinco de mayo decorations or displayed in on a table.

Or, you can attach them to pipe cleaners, and display them in a vase.

However you use them, they will beautify your area!

Our Experience Making Paper Flower Decorations

This year for Cinco de Mayo, we are going to string these in our living room and make yummy Shredded Beef Tacos in crock pot. I don’t know if it’s just my kids, but my children love a “festive” meal, even small touches, like Cinco de Mayo decorations, get them excited.

Sometimes, I let them set the ambiance, and it’s interesting what they add as centerpieces. We’ve had pirate swords, legos, and candles set out before as table centerpieces by my boys. 

This year we will have more Mexican flowers in the mix!

Yield: 1 flower

Tissue Paper Flowers

How to make tissue paper flowers for Cinco de mayo celebration - Kids Activities Blog fb

I love these big bold Mexican tissue paper flowers in bright colors. They are easy enough for kids to make them and fun to use as decorations. We are making them for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • 5-8 tissue paper sheets
  • stapler/staples
  • (optional) colored string
  • (optional) pipe cleaner


    1. Fold the tissue paper sheets in half or cut between 5-8 sheets into rectangles.
    2. Fold the tissue paper sheets like an accordion and staple in the middle.
    3. Pull each sheet from the outside to the inside creating a crinkled flower look.
    4. Make stems with pipe cleaners or hang with colored string.

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    Looking for more Cinco De Mayo fun? Check out these fun Cinco de Mayo crafts and recipes:

    One Mexcian tissue paper flower displayed on a vase and other pom poms flowers are displayed in front of the vase
    Use a flower vase to display these Mexican paper flowers.

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    How did your Mexican tissue paper flowers turn out?  


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