How to Make Mexican Paper Flowers

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Whether you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo or el Día de los Muertos, paper flowers are a recognized part of Mexican tradition. The craft of making paper flowers was originally brought to Mexico from East Asia; this is why the tissue used to make them is called "papel de china."

Things You'll Need

  • Paper-edger Scissors
  • Twist Ties
  • Scissors
  • Colored Crepe Paper
  • Make a tidy stack of six pieces of tissue paper or crepe paper.

  • Cut the stack so that it's 12 inches wide. It can be any length 12 inches or more.

  • Begin at the top and make 1-inch folds in the entire layer, accordion-fashion, to form a fan.

  • Secure the center of the fan with a wire twist tie.

  • Trim the ends with scissors. You can cut an arch shape for a regular round flower or use fancy scissors for ruffled edges.

  • Bend the fan in half at the twist tie and separate each layer of tissue carefully, beginning with the outside and working your way in.

  • Add a stem made of pipe cleaner or artificial foliage.

Tips & Warnings

  • A 12-inch-wide section of tissue paper will make a flower about 9 inches wide. Cut it narrower to make smaller, tighter flowers.
  • Use a few more layers of tissue for fuller flowers.

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