Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5th and is most popular with people of Mexican heritage who live in the southern and western states of the United States, and in some areas of Mexico. It is a celebration of Mexican culture and its customs, foods, music and beverages.
Although I'm not of Mexican heritage, I love the bright colors and music associated with Cinco de Mayo celebrations. I believe all children will love learning about and making Mexican crafts.
I really didn't know what sort of crafts I'd find in a search for Cinco de Mayo crafts, but I'm really impressed with the ones that I found. I have included a picture and the site name of each craft. By clicking on the site name, you'll be taken directly to the instructions.
To make the huge, beautiful crepe paper flowers shown above, go to Honestly for the directions.
1. Mexican Pottery
I know nothing about pottery painting and firing in a kiln, but this Mexican pottery is so very beautiful that I thought it should be included for the crafters that do know about such stuff. You'll find the information that you need for painting pottery at I LOVE TO CREATE.COM.
2. Rhinestone Skull
Display this gorgeous gem stones skull all year long. You'll find the tutorial and tips for making your own rhinestone skull at the aunt peaches site. This is a really outstanding project.
3. Egg Maracas
The kids will have a blast playing with maracas that they've made themselves. The directions for making these easter egg and plastic spoon maracas is found at dana made it.
4. Paisley Chickens
I don't actually know if this is Mexican art, but the beautiful bright colors certainly give them the "look". The instructions for making these beauties, made using .gourds, are found at Suzy’s Sitcom
5. Floral Headband
Make a Frida Kahlo inspired floral headband by going to the my poppet Makes site, for the instructions.
6. Paper Fan Garland
I love the looks of this colorful tissue paper fan garland! Not only is it perfect for decorating for Cinco de Mayo, it is also very appropriate for wedding, baby and party decorations. Find the tutorial for making this fan garland at THE HOUSE THAT LARS BUILT .
7. Stone Cactus
Imagine making a cactus from a flat stone. I know, I would never have come up with that idea, but it's a great one. The tutorial for making rock cacti is found at the WHOOT.
8. Pinata Napkin Rings
Dress up your party table with beautiful napkin rings like these pinata ones. Find the instructions for making them at Hey There Home.
9. Paper Cup Maracas and Sombrero
Both of these crafts, the paper cup maracas and the paper cup sombrero, are found together when you visit the red*rook site to find the tutorial. These could also be used as party favors, or glue them on a skewer and add them to a bouquet of flowers for a centerpiece.
10. Fiesta Skirts
When you visit the Made Everyday site you'll see a bunch of finished fiesta skirts, so you'll get lots of ideas on how to style them. A very easy and fun project.
11. Sugar Skull Sachets
For a really nice party favor, consider making these sugar skull sachets. These would be especially nice if you need a bunch for a group of girls or ladies. You'll find the tutorial for making these sachets at adventures in MAKING. Beautiful!
12. Cardboard Birds
I can't wait to make these cardboard birds with my granddaughters. I love projects that you can really customize to make it your own. Check out the directions at KROKOTAK and make some big birds.
13. Pinata Party Wreath
When I first noticed this wreath I thought the fringes were made using tissue paper, but when I looked closer, I see that they are made using felt pieces. Making a pinata party wreath like this one will be easy by following the tutorial found at WHITE HOUSE BLACK SHUTTERS .
14. Worry Dolls
Muñeca Quitapenas are dolls that remove worries. Worry dolls help ease the child’s worries or can be used to make wishes. The doll is told the worry, then placed under the child’s pillow. The doll does the worrying while the child sleeps Make a worry doll for someone you love by going to creativity in motion for the tutorial.
15. Cactus Banner
This easy to make pinata looking cactus banner is a Aspen Jay project. Find the tutorial there also.
16. Mexican Pinch Pot
I would love to make these beautiful pinch pots with a group of school children. They always enjoy using bright colors and dreaming up ways to decorate a piece of art. If you would like to make a Mexican pinch pot like this one, go to firstpalette for the tutorial.
17. Paper Plate Tambourine
Looks like this would be as much fun to make as it will be to play. The directions for making the tambourine is found at Kix.
18. Day of the Dead Planters
These are so cool. Find the tutorial for making these planters at Creative Kismet .
19. Sombrero Art Project
If you are searching for a nice classroom art project that all the elementary grades could do, I think this sombrero art project is perfect. Go to DEEP SPACE SPARKLE for the instructions for making this art project.
20. Mexican Folk Art Bird
21. Nicho Box
Super easy project to do with the kids. Find the directions at Kitchen Table Classroom.
22. Make Mexican Tin Folk Art
23. Mexican Tooling Art
This is an exceptional classroom project, and it can be used so beautifully in decorating for Cinco de Mayo. Find the instructions for making this Mexican tooling art at Kinder ART .
24. Yarn Art
Making Cinco de Mayo Huichol yarn pictures is a nice classroom art project. You'll find the instructions for this project at education.com . Beautiful and educational.
25. Paper Plate Maracas
I particularly like this paper plate maracas project because even the littlest kids can help, or make, them. Consider this for a classroom project for K-3 grades. Find the instructions for making the paper plate maracas at scattered thoughts of a CRAFTY MOM.
26. Dancing Girl Mini Pinata
27. Clay Vessels
I'm going to do this with my grandkids this summer, I think they are so cool. I can imagine the kids would love giving them as gifts to mom or dad too. Find the directions for making these clay pinch pots at Laugh, Paint, Create.
28. Mexican Bird Rattle
So many of these crafts look like so much fun that it looks like we could keep the kids busy all summer. Go to DLTK for the instructions on making Mexican bird rattles.
29. Paper Plants
Here is great party idea. Make these super cool paper plants to decorate your tables for Cinco de Mayo festivities.
30. Mini Donkey Pinatas
You'll really enjoy making these mini donkey pinatas using the patterns and directions that you'll find at OH HAPPY DAY.
31. Cactus Plants
I absolutely love these cactus plants that were made by Mrs. Knights Smartest Artists. The kids could make these to give to their parents as gifts or to decorate the classroom. I love this project.
32. Mexican Sombrero
You can even make some bright flowers to decorate your sombrero. This really nice craft project and the directions are found at DLTK. Another craft I'm going to have to do!!
33. Flirty Fiesta Flower Bouquets
After your Cinco de Mayo celebration, use these beauties for a patio party. Go to Aesthetic Nest to see how to make these flirty, fiesta flowers.
34. Mexican Mask
I can just hear the enthusiastic comments made while these masks are being made. Have lots of fun making these masks while using the instructions found at JUMPSTART.
35. Make Sugar Skull Decoration
36. Pull Pinata Garland
You'll find a photo of the pinatas and the directions for making them at Parents. I think they look really beautiful.
37. Cinco de Mayo Mini Pinata
Such cute little pinatas made using cone cups. Find the directions for this charming craft at Jodi Michelle.
38. Paper Fans
You can make these fans using the printable version, or you can use your imagination and make beautiful Mexican prints on the paper before making your fan. MR PRINTABLES has the printable version of the paper fans.
39. Chili Pepper Party Pom
I can imagine so many of these crafts used for many summer parties. Decorate your patio and have the neighbors over for some tacos. Find the easy instructions at OHMY!Creative.
40. Ojo de Dios
This God's Eye craft is another of the projects that I think would make great gifts. Go to Muffin Tin Mom for the instructions.
41. Pinwheel Toppers
Bird’s Party Blog has the directions and a video showing how to make the pinwheels and using them on cupcake tops. I've also seen pinwheels arranged in a vase and also added to plants, so there are lots of ways to use them.
42. Tissue Paper Tassels
Decorate for a party using tissue paper tassels like the ones you'll find at catch my party. You'll find the directions there too.
43. Metal Sun Wall Art
Celebrate Hispanic heritage month by making this beautiful metal sun wall art. The kids will love following the instructions at kids activities Blog to make their own sun art.
Make your own musical castanets using the instructions that you'll find at education.com.
45. Fiesta Pinata
This fiesta pinata and the directions for making one like it, can be found at Martha Stewart.
46. Paper Bag Poncho
If you are looking for a nice activity for the kids to keep them occupied while you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, consider getting out the brown grocery bags and some craft paints for the kids to make these ponchos. The kids will have a blast decorating their poncho or sarape following the instructions at learn create love.
47. Sugar Skull Dolls
Aren't these cute little dolls. Go to Blue Bear Wood to find the tutorial for making them.
48. Burro Donkey Finger Puppets
Make these really cute little burro finger puppets by following the tutorial that you'll find at Crack of Dawn Crafts. A project to be enjoyed by both kids and adults.
49. Cinco de Mayo Topiary
The beautiful colors of the paper umbrellas make this an outstanding Cinco de Mayo decoration. Find the tutorial for making this topiary at craftstylish.
50. Mini Pinatas
Who would believe these mini pinatas start out as plastic Easter eggs. A very cute and easy to make project to do with the kids. Go to Mega Crafty for the tutorial.
51. Faux Mexi-Embroidered Shirt
You still have time to make this beautiful faux embroidered shirt before May 5th. Nothing could be easier than to embroider with fabric puffy paints. You can make a shirt like the one shown above by going to CRAFTY CHICA for the tutorial.
52. Fringe Pinata Blindfold
If you are planning a Mexican themed party for Cinco de Mayo, how about making a fringe pinata blindfold for your guests. You'll find the instructions for how to make them at Squirrelly Minds.
53. Taco Pinata
Now that looks good enough to eat! You'll find the tutorial for making this taco pinata at Studio DIY.
54. Party Umbrella Wreath
You'll easily find a great place to display this beautiful, bright colored umbrella wreath. You'll find all the information that you'll need to make this wreath at simply real moms.
55. Mini Pinatas for Cinco de Mayo
You'll find the information that you'll need to make mini pinatas at the studio DIY. site. Easy enough craft for the kids to make.
Help your little one make this guitar by following the instructions at My Kid Craft. The kids will need help making the guitar but the decorating with colors, cutouts or paint can be done by them.
57. Cup and Ball Game
Kids love to make musical instruments and games that they can then play. They will really enjoy this cup and ball game. The instructions are found at PBS Kids for Parents.
58. Cinco de Mayo Lighted Centerpiece
Beautiful candle light shines from these decorated glass vases. Make a centerpiece like the one shown by going to OHMY!Creative for the instructions.
59. Pinata Sun Catcher
Even the littlest kids will enjoy making these sun catcher decorations to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Find the instructions for this craft at inner child fun. This would be a great classroom project getting ready for the holiday.
60. Drink Stirrers
Dress up your party table with these drink stirrers. Go to Tell Love and Party for the directions.
61. Sombrero Headbands
Looks like party time to me. Make and wear a sombrero headband to your party. Find the tutorial for making them at Let's Mingle.
© 2013 Loraine Brummer
ALMA LIZAMA HOTH on August 27, 2020:
GREAT IDEAS! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! :)
ArtT on January 14, 2020:
Thank you for this list. I do feel that placing things you are not sure of being mexican spreads and changes people's understanding of cultures and origins of certain designs etc. Just fyi.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_(design)