Cinco de Mayo, the spicy version of St. Patrick's Day — where everybody celebrates, but no one is entirely certain why — lands this Friday. But don't worry, you've still got time to create some easy party decor. With cacti party favors, a drinks umbrella wreath and even a vegan taco recipe, we've gathered the best Cinco de Mayo crafts to help you ring in the 5th of May with bold style.
Put a Pinata in It
Raid your water coolor for these mini Cinco de Mayo pinatas, made from two paper
cones and hot glue. This craft for kids can also serve as a fun party activity, particularly if accompanied by a Wonkian collection of candy and sweets.
Needle We Say More?
For a unique gift, send your guests home with this prickly party favor. The cacti can even be set up in a cheap margarita glass. Consider adding after-care instructions, perhaps printed onto a tiny paper crafts
One Picture Is Worth a Thousand Jokes
With the margarita flowing, how can you not set up a Cinco de Mayo photo booth? Pancho mustaches, paper sombreros and even a luche libre wrestling mask are just a few of the Mexican merriment printables you might consider offering to your guests.
No Meat and All Veg
Jackfruit, a starchy banana-like edible, offers a vegan alternative to that common Cinco de Mayo recipe, carne asada tacos. The produce is most commonly found canned at Asian food markets, but lucky Southerners may find the round orbs at more exotic outdoor markets.
Get the free vegan Cinco de Mayo taco recipe from this CraftFoxes post.
Add a quick ruffle to streamers by sewing boldly-colored paper together, and then run the party decor along a table top, wreath or doorway.
Grab the easy Cinco de Mayo ruffled streamer tutorial from us at CraftFoxes.
Drink It All In
No judgement if you've collected a bevy of bevie umbrellas, especially since your massive accumulation has just come in handy for this festive Cinco de Mayo wreath, great for a temporary placement on a front door or, in a down-sized version, along a buffet table.
Check out Camilla Fabbri's drinks umbrella wreath and more frugal crafts for stylish family living at this CraftFoxes gallery.
A Paper Trail
Papel picado, Mexican paper cuttings often seen in bright colors and hung about as garlands, are a great craft for your party. Choose Maker Mama's
easy and reusable version, which uses fabric instead of paper, or try out Etsy's
intricate Cinco de Mayo design, which relies heavily on an X-Acto knife and lots of patient slicing.
One Tough Cookie
Transform sugar cookies into teetotaler margaritas via lime-flavored royal icing. New to cookie decorating? This Cinco de Mayo recipe is one of the easier-to-follow tutorials out there.
Head to Glorious Treats to get the free Cinco de Mayo margarita cookie decorating how-to.
April Showers Bring May Paper Flowers
Use tissue paper to create inexpensive Mexican flowers, great strung on a garland over the food table or hanging from the ceiling as an elevated centerpiece. The bigger the tissue paper, the more festive your flower.
Image credits (from top): One Charming Party, One Charming Party, Julie Vendenoever Photography, Thinking of You Designs, The Urban Housewife, DanaMadeIt.com, Camilla Fabbri, Yreina Flores Ortiz / Etsy, Glorious Treats and Sew Sweet Stitches