Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Decorations: DIY Papel Picado Luminaries
Cinco de Mayo

Last-Minute Cinco de Mayo Decorations

Do you let yourself have fun with your home decor for holidays like Cinco de Mayo? I didn’t have anything planned this year, but came across this classic Mexican Papel Picado banner I bought last year and thought, “I can do something with this!” And so I did.

I love the look of Mexican folk art made with Papel Picado and while this banner is a cheap rendition, I think it made for charming last-minute decorations for the day. And the banner only cost $3.99 from Party City. So for very little money and very little time, I created something that has very BIG visual impact. It sets the tone perfectly for enjoying margaritas, guacamole and perhaps a taco or two or three! Don’t you think?

These DIY Papel Picado Luminaries are so easy, they really don’t even need a write up because they are basically self explanatory. But I know it’s nice to have instructions so see below for the exact materials (including a link to the banner) and how-to.

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Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Decoarations: DIY Papel Picado Luminaries

DIY Papel Picado Luminaries

Materials

  • Papel Picado Pennant Banner (I used the Del Sol Flag Pennant Banner from Party City)
  • Glass Jars (use a variety of mason jars or recycled jars)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Tea lights or votive candles

Instructions

See below for step-by-step pictures as well as different uses.

  1. Cut off an individual pennant from the banner.
  2. Wrap the pennant around a glass jar and tape in place using your double-sided tape.  As you’ll see below in the pictures, the larger jars were slightly too wide, but it was okay as once you group your luminaries together, you won’t even notice it. I also kept the paper for some of the luminaries taller than the jar, but for others I cut the paper to the height of the jar. The material for these banners is like a plastic coated paper so easy to cut. Just do what looks good to you.
  3. If cutting to the height of you jars, you’ll want to cut your paper to the height and then attach to your jar.

Use as luminaries by adding a tea light or use as a vase and add fresh flowers. It’s up to you! They would look perfect if you made enough for going down the length of a dining table. I just may have to do just that!

Of course you can also hang up the pennants as is for a festive display. I created a few luminaries and hung the remainder of the pennants and  just like that,  I’m ready for Cinco de Mayo! Well I do have to go grocery shopping for the margaritas and tacos, but at least I’m now in a festive mood.

Speaking of margaritas, if you are in need of a good recipe, be sure to try my fresh Strawberry Mint Margaritas, yummy! If I do say so myself [wink]!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Decorations: DIY Papel Picado Luminaries

Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Decoration: DIY Papel Picado Luminaries

Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Decorations: DIY Papel Picado Luminaries

Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Decorations: DIY Papel Picado Luminaries & Vases

Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Decorations: DIY Papel Picado Luminaries

Last-Minute Cinco de Mayo Decorations: DIY Papel Picado Luminaries

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