Hey there friends! Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some fun craft activities for the kids? In this article, I’m going to show you how to make a Mexican cactus craft freebie and some tissue paper flowers. These crafts are not only fun and easy, but they’re also a great way to add some festive decorations to your home. Use the free printable as a coloring page or create some tissue paper flowers to make it extra festive!
Mexican Cactus Craft Freebie
Why craft activities are great for Cinco de Mayo
Craft activities are a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with kids because they provide a fun and engaging way to learn about Mexican culture. Crafting allows children to express their creativity and imagination while also learning about different traditions and customs. In addition, crafting provides an opportunity for children to develop important skills like hand-eye coordination and problem-solving. By making these crafts, children can feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in their work, which can help boost their self-esteem.
Tissue Paper Flowers
To recreate the flowers, you’ll need tissue paper and a stapler. I found this four color set (8 sheets) at our local Family Dollar store for only $1.
First, cut the tissue paper in half. You don’t event have to unfold or separate the paper first. Just cut the whole thing in half.
Then, separate all the sheets of tissue paper and cut each one in half again.
I used four sheets per flower. Layer your tissue paper and begin folding accordion style. I made my fold about half an inch wide. After you’ve folded your tissue paper, cut it in half again as shown in the picture.
Using a stapler, place a staple in the middle of the folded tissue paper.
Using scissors, round out each end of the tissue paper to create the “petals.” The more you cut off on the ends, the smaller your flowers will be.
Next, you’ll want to pull up each layer, one at a time, being careful not to rip your tissue paper. The first layer you pull up will be your center.
Play with the tissue paper a bit, fluffing as you go, until you’re happy with your flower. Then repeat to make as many flowers as you want.
Mexican Cactus Craft Freebie
For the cactus, grab the printable below and print using regular printer paper or heavy-weighted paper if you want something a little stronger.
After you’ve colored in your cactus, you can glue the flowers around him or cut him out and glue him onto construction paper.
When you’re done, add your finished cactus to your Cinco de Mayo decor!
Crafting is a fun and engaging way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with kids. The Mexican Cactus Craft Freebie and Tissue Paper Flowers are two easy and inexpensive crafts that are sure to add some festive flair to your home. These crafts are not only fun, but they’re also a great way to teach kids about Mexican culture and traditions. So, gather your materials and let’s get crafting! Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!
If you’re looking for another Cinco de Mayo cactus craft, check out this adorable hand-drawn character!
Grab this cactus freebie and his party accessories at Learn Create Love.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Free Cinco De Mayo Printables.