I love Mexican colours! The vibrant papel picado, fiestas, the bright serape blankets, sugar skulls the stunning embroidered dresses - I'd love to go there some day.
During my lunchbreak this week, I had a Poundland blitz and picked up some large packs of tissue paper. There are 15 large sheets per pack. I was going to attempt some papel picado bunting - but couldn't find my scalpel so I'll have to save that for a later date.
Instead I decided to make some Mexican inspired tissue flowers and pompoms. I made four fairly small ones, which could be made into a garland (and maybe used at our wedding) and I only used a third of the pack of tissue paper!!
The pompoms are about 6 inches in size.
1: I cut the tissue paper into a rough square/rectangle - around 8x6 inches in size.
2: I chose bright colours, and alternated them, for the first pompom I used 14 sheets piled on top of each other.
3: Fold the sheets into a fan and then tie some string around the middle of the folded fan.
4: Trim the edges into a spike or scallop shape, or I even fringed the edge of one.
5: Lay the fan on it's side like a bow tie, and carefully tease each layer of paper upwards (I ripped loads)!
6: Turn it upside down and fluff up the other side.
7: Hang them up however you like - they look pretty great and the colours make me happy!