Apr 19

Geometric Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Garland DIY

by Jenny Batt

Maybe it is because sunshine makes me think of tacos, but I have fiestas on the brain.  I really think it is just the pretty summer sets coming out everywhere that are making me think of bright pops of color hanging from string. Fun patterns of easy to cut shapes gives a update to the traditional fiesta bunting. What fun!

All the instructions and more photos after the jump.

You will need: tissue paper, scissors, twine and double-stick tape.  Add a cutting pad, a ruler and a rotary cutter to make it super easy.

First, cut 5 x 7 inch rectangular pieces of tissue  in various shades.

Next, we will fold it accordion style. Start with one sheet to practice the technique, then later you can layer about 4 or 5 to make a bunch at the same time. Fold sheet in half. Starting on the folded edge, fold a 1/2 inch section. Then fold back another 1/2 inch. Repeat once more for 4 times total including when you folded in half. You should have a little bit of edge left over. Leave it plain and do not fold it.

Starting 3/4 of an inch down, cut a straight line from the folded edges.  Do not go all the way over and stop about 1/8 of an inch away from opposite side. Cut at an angle, cutting out a triangle as shown. Repeat with another straight edge about 1/8 of an inch down. Finish cutting out the triangle.  Repeat twice more.

Open so the “extra” edge is folded out. Now repeat cutting out triangles on the opposite side. Be careful not to go all the way through to the first row of triangles.

Once you are done, unfold and repeat with remaining pieces. You can flatten these with your fingers or lightly iron sheets between paper towels on a low setting. All the wrinkles will not come out, but it helps to press them flat.

To tape as a garland, you will first run a line of double-stick tape across the top of a single flag. Then press the twine into the tape. Fold over the edge and continue to add flags to suit the length you need.

These were super easy, and since I can get them in any shade under the sun, I’m thinking the next version will be ombre. Hang, serve with ice cream floats and cupcakes and viva fiesta!

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