If Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, then I feel that Cinco de Mayo is the ‘pre-kick off’ to the unofficial start of summer, if that even makes sense! Usually each year we go out to the local mexican restaurant along with everyone else in town. This year the weather has been so nice in Connecticut it would be fun to throw a Cinco de Mayo fiesta! I found this cute, super easy, DIY Cinco de Mayo fiesta garland from Oh Happy Day. It would be the perfect way to spice up a party, giving it the colorful pop that every fiesta needs!
Here are the great instructions that you can also find on Oh Happy Day.
You will need: tissue paper, scissors, twine and double-stick tape. Add a cutting pad, a ruler and a rotary cutter to make it super easy.
First, cut 5 x 7 inch rectangular pieces of tissue in various shades.
Next, we will fold it accordion style. Start with one sheet to practice the technique, then later you can layer about 4 or 5 to make a bunch at the same time. Fold sheet in half. Starting on the folded edge, fold a 1/2 inch section. Then fold back another 1/2 inch. Repeat once more for 4 times total including when you folded in half. You should have a little bit of edge left over. Leave it plain and do not fold it.
Starting 3/4 of an inch down, cut a straight line from the folded edges. Do not go all the way over and stop about 1/8 of an inch away from opposite side. Cut at an angle, cutting out a triangle as shown. Repeat with another straight edge about 1/8 of an inch down. Finish cutting out the triangle. Repeat twice more.
Open so the “extra” edge is folded out. Now repeat cutting out triangles on the opposite side. Be careful not to go all the way through to the first row of triangles.
Once you are done, unfold and repeat with remaining pieces. You can flatten these with your fingers or lightly iron sheets between paper towels on a low setting. All the wrinkles will not come out, but it helps to press them flat.
To tape as a garland, you will first run a line of double-stick tape across the top of a single flag. Then press the twine into the tape. Fold over the edge and continue to add flags to suit the length you need.