How to Make Paper Teresita Flowers

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How to Make Paper Teresita Flowers
Crepe Paper Flowers (crepe paper image by flashkralove from

Brightly coloured Teresita flowers are used in decorating for the Mexican holidays Cinco de May or Dia de los Muertos. The flowers are made from crepe paper and are normally made with multicoloured stems. The Teresita flowers make vivid groupings or look great individually. Group them in multicoloured arrangements for the most dramatic effect.

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Things you need

  • Bright coloured crepe paper
  • Multi-coloured pipe cleaners
  • Low-temp hot glue gun
  • Low-temp glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Cut a 1 inch circle and 4 inch square from a coloured sheet of crepe paper. Do not use the same colour as the desired pipe cleaner stem. Crumple the 4 inch square into a ball and glue it to the 1 inch circle. Place the 1 inch circle to the top and glue the bottom of the crepe paper ball to the top of the pipe cleaner. Use slight pressure so the pipe cleaner sinks into the paper ball 1/8 inch.

    How to Make Paper Teresita Flowers
    Hot Glue Gun (Hot glue gun isolated image by Marek Kosmal from
  2. 2

    Cut 5 - 1 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch teardrop petals from a different coloured sheet of crepe paper. Roll the broad end of the petal around your finger to give it a slight curve.

    How to Make Paper Teresita Flowers
    Craft Scissors (scissors image by timur1970 from
  3. 3

    Place a drop of hot glue on the pointed end of the petal. Glue to the under side of the crepe paper ball. Evenly place the other 4 petals around the base of the flower. Repeat the process for additional flowers.

    How to Make Paper Teresita Flowers
    Multi-coloured Crepe Paper (tissue paper image by Christopher Hall from

Tips and warnings

  • Use a low temp glue gun and glue sticks for this project. Hot glue will melt the crepe paper.
  • Use complimentary colours in each flower for maximum impact. These colours would be: red with green, yellow with purple and blue with orange.
  • Place multiple coloured flowers in vases for decoration.
  • Do not touch the end of the hot glue gun when plugged in.
  • Do not get the melted hot glue on your skin.

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