How to make decorations for a fiesta

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How to make decorations for a fiesta
Use tissue paper to make a colourful pinata. (tissue paper image by Christopher Hall from

Throwing a fiesta means that you get to make colourful and vibrant decorations to match the party's theme. Making decorations for the fiesta offers an afternoon of family time. Prepare a few snacks and play a few Mexican folk songs while you make decorations for a fiesta. Creating your own decorations saves money in your fiesta budget. Pull out your arts and crafts bin for basic supplies and check sales to pick up other items.

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Things you need

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Newspaper strips
  • Balloon
  • Glue
  • Candy and treats
  • Wire
  • Styrofoam egg
  • Terra cotta pot
  • Paint and paint brush
  • Sand
  • Craft wire
  • Craft glue
  • Maracas
  • Small brown paper bags
  • Curly ribbon
  • Beans
  • Mexican blankets
  • Sombrero
  • Chilli peppers
  • Red and green card stock

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  1. 1

    Make paper flowers.

    Cut various colours of tissue paper into 4-inch by 10-inch pieces. Fold four pieces of tissue paper in an accordion pattern with ½-inch folds. Trim the ends so they are round. Use half a pipe cleaner folded in half to secure the flower. Pinch the middle of the tissue paper, and twist the pipe cleaner around the tissue paper. Carefully fan out the tissue paper folds and begin shaping the flower.

  2. 2

    Construct a piñata.

    Make a paste consisting of one cup flour and three cups water. Inflate a balloon. Dip one-inch by six-inch strips of newspaper into the paste mixture and wrap the balloon. Allow the covered balloon to dry overnight. Poke a hole and pop the balloon. Use various colours of tissue paper to create a design on the piñata. Glue long strips of tissue paper onto the piñata. Try fringing the tissue paper and allow the piñata to dry. Cut a small hole near the top and put candy and treats inside the piñata. Punch small holes on each side and run a wire through it to use as a hanging device.

  3. 3

    Create a cactus.

    Paint a styrofoam egg green and allow time for it to dry. Fill terra cotta pots 2/3 full with sand. Place craft glue on the end of the styrofoam egg and place in the sand. Put pieces of craft wire into the styrofoam to resemble thorns. Assemble a small paper flower, using the instructions above. Use two-inch by four-inch pieces of tissue paper and create a 3/8-inch fold. Place the flower on top of the cactus using a small dab of craft glue.

  4. 4

    Decorate maracas.

    Purchase plain maracas and paint to create a festive decoration. Use bright colours or traditional Mexican symbols such as chilli peppers, cacti or a sombrero. Allow the paint to dry overnight. As an alternative, decorate small brown paper bags. Fill each bag with beans. Tie with curly ribbon and use as maracas.

  5. 5

    Accessorise with traditional items.

    Use traditional Mexican items to adorn the party area. Consider using colourful homemade Mexican blankets as table covers. Place a sombrero in the centre of the table with a few paper flowers or chilli peppers. Decorate the room with red, white and green balloons. Cut chilli pepper designs from red and green card stock to create a decorative chain or use them as place settings.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow enough time to complete all the projects you want to finish before your fiesta.

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