How to Make Teresita Flowers

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Teresita flowers are brightly colored crepe paper flowers that are a tradition in Mexico. The multicolored stems are an ideal decoration for your Cinco de Mayo or el Día de los Muertos celebrations. Select crepe paper colors to match the theme of your party and display bunches in vases or jars. These paper flowers can also be pinned in hair or joined together to make headbands and necklaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet of colored crepe paper, 2 inches by 4 inches.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Hot glue gun
  • Protractor

Cut the paper sheet into two, creating two 2 inch by 2 inch squares.

Draw a 1/4 inch circle in the center of the square. Fold into quarters so that part of the circle is visible.

Draw a petal shape in one of the folded quarters. The thin end of the petal should be inside the circle you drew in Step 1.

Cut the petal out, cutting through all four folded pieces. Cut around the circle in the center (this holds all the petals together). Unfold.

Snip a small hole in the center for the pipe cleaner to push through.

Glue the flower petals to the tip of a pipe cleaner. Push the pipe cleaner through the hole slightly (no more than 1/16th of an inch).

Repeat Steps 1 through 4, with a sheet of crepe paper the same color.

Dab glue on top of the pipe cleaner (in the center of the first set of petals). Place the second set of petals on top of the first, adjusting them to fill in the gaps.

Using a protractor, draw a 1/4 inch diameter circle on a complementary sheet of colored crepe paper.

Cut the circle out and glue into the center of the petals.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a color wheel to choose complementary colors for the petals and center.
  • Press the crepe paper gently with your thumb to turn the petals under for a more natural effect.
  • Do not use a high temperature glue gun for this project. Crepe paper is very thin; the hot glue could seep through the paper and result in burns.

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