DIY festive Mexican paper flowers

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The traditional, Mexican version of these paper flowers isn’t necessarily earth-friendly, but we thought we’d share them this week anyway since they’re so fun! We made a recycled option too that we thought might inspire some of you to use recycled materials for the same project.

We love the idea of re-creating folk crafts from different cultures (or your own) to give your celebration a sense of timeless charm. These flowers would make any event feel festive, light-hearted, and joyful. They’re super super easy to make (we always say this, but it’s true!) and will last as long as you need them to before your event. Start making them in the months before your wedding and you won’t have to scramble at the last minute.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Tissue paper (we bought a multi-color pack from Michaels, but you can find it on Amazon, Dick Blick, Paper Source, Paper Mart, and lots of other places)
Stapler, floral wire, or string

The basic concept is EXACTLY the same as the ever-popular “poof”, except you use more than one color and you only pull the tissue paper sheets to one side, instead of both. Instructions below!

1. Cut tissue down to the size you like. 10 x 10″ square (or 12 x 12″) is a good size. Choose three colors, using approx 3 sheets for the middle color and 5 or 6 for each of the other two. Stack ’em up in the order you’d like the colors to appear in the finished flower.

2. Accordian fold the stack of tissue (just like the poofs).

3. Staple the center of the folded paper a few times so the layers are securely held in place. If you’re using too much paper for your stapler, you can always use floral wire or even just some string instead.

4. Now just like in the poof tutorial, gently pull each piece of tissue towards the center one at a time. Be especially careful with the first few as those seem to be most likely to rip. If you do rip one, don’t worry! You’re going to scrunch the paper up anyway and a ripped sheet will be plenty hidden in the end.

It actually works best if you scrunch the tissue as you go. So maybe finish with the first color and scrunch it up so it looks small and circular enough, then move on to the next color, stopping periodically for more scrunchin’.

That’s it! You can see that you can use any color combo you want for a different look. Create pretty soft flowers using pale pinks and whites, or more traditional flowers using bright colors. You can even create anemones by using black as the center color, or just plain monochromatic poofs for texture around your reception or ceremony space.

For those of you curious about the recycled newspaper version (or maybe better, pages of old books?), just know that newspaper is thicker than tissue so you don’t need quite as much per flower and it’s a bit harder to work with. We might also suggest wearing gloves if you plan to make a lot of these! Newsprint can be pretty dirty.

If you want to get hardcore with recycled material, start saving the tissue that shops often wrap articles of clothes in when you buy them. You could even ask your friends to do the same to save lots more trees and a bunch of money! Wrinkly paper will work just fine, especially since you’re going to wrinkle it yourself in the process of making the flowers.

Fun, no? These flowers are like insta-theme for your event. Just add a bucket of cold beer and a vat of homemade guac and you have a guaranteed good time. Who says weddings have to be super complicated? Sometimes the simplest ingredients make for perfection.

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Diane - your wedding reception planning guide on Apr 21, 2011

So simple and yet so pretty. I agree with you when you say that weddings don't have to be complicated....sometimes the simplest of touches add so much to the ambiance!

Rachel Mercier on Apr 21, 2011

I absolutely LOVE this idea. Thanks for the great step-by-step guide!

the Perfect Palette on Apr 21, 2011

so colorful and creative. thanks for sharing. xoxo, chrissy.

jenn {bow tie & bustle} on Apr 21, 2011

CUTE! I might have to whip these up for one of my bride's rehearsal dinner in Mexico next week...hmmmm....

Luxury on Apr 21, 2011

How fun!xx

Jennifer on Apr 21, 2011

What a great idea to add some flair to any wedding! Another creative way to make a lasting impression on your special day is to incorporate a wedding favor that gives back to a good cause. I love the wedding scrolls favors from the American Cancer Society. This will surely make a lasting impression to guests and add some flair to the big day!

Cocroft & Delbridge on Apr 21, 2011

What an incredibly FUN way to add pops of color into the decor for any wedding! Such a wonderful idea!

katrina on Apr 21, 2011

This is such a cool idea and I love how you can mix/match the colors to your other decor!

Maggie Santolla on Apr 21, 2011

Love these, so gorgeous! Definitely having a paper flower making party when the time comes. :)

Pistachio on Apr 21, 2011

Oh I love these. I remember making these when I was a little kid with my Mom. We use to make newspaper trees too! I wish I could remember how to make them now! :)

McKenzie Powell on Apr 21, 2011

Okay, yes, the paper flowers are cute. But that RING! Wowza. Now that's gorgeous. ;) (Come on...I know I wasn't the only one thinking it.)

kenneth on Apr 21, 2011

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Kylie on Apr 22, 2011

These are the perfect idea for decorating the table at my sisters upcoming Mexican themed 21st Birthday party! Love Them! x

Clio on Apr 23, 2011

I must admit I was spellbound by the beautiful ring also and checked the comments just to see if some one might mention who designed it or where it is from. Lovely post.

Wedding Flowers Co on Apr 24, 2011

Fantastic diy flower idea. I'll have to try these at the office and decorate our cubes. Thanks for sharing!

Vintage Origami-Vintage Wedding Rentals on May 5, 2011

Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing this amazing project. I'm going to start saving all my newspapers for some crafting that you've inspired me in. I adore this website!

vencanice on Jun 17, 2011

Incredible funny idea. Briliant!

Baja Hoodies on Aug 26, 2011

I've been looking for something like this for a mexican theme. My in laws are from San Antonio with a strong mexican and spahish background.

Wedding Planner Meridian on Aug 27, 2012

Great tutorial! I do agree with you that simplicity is the best for a perfect wedding. These paper flowers look gorgeous :)

Reagan on Jan 4, 2013

Thanks so much for the post! Definitely using the flowers as decor for a fiesta party I'm hosting!

priscilla on Apr 3, 2015

Can these flowers be placed on fondant covered cakes??

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