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How to Make Teresita Flowers

By Jason M. Bruner ; Updated September 21, 2017

Teresita flowers are handmade, decorative paper flowers that originated in Mexico. These colorful paper-made flowers are perfect when decorating for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or other spring, summer or flower-themed party or celebration. These flowers can be used to place on tabletops or they may be made into garland, necklaces and headbands, or placed in jars to give a more modern decorative touch. By following a few steps you can make these flowers in just a little time.

Cut the 2-by-4-inch sheet of paper into two equal halves, using scissors, creating two 2-by-2 pieces of paper.

Draw a 1/4-inch circle in the center of the 2-by-2 square using a pencil. Fold the square into quarters so that part of the circle is showing in each quarter.

Draw a petal shape in one of the four quarters. The small, thin end of the petal should be inside the circle that was drawn in step 2.

Cut out the petal shape using sharp scissors. Cut through all layers of the folded square. Cut around the circle in the center of the paper, which holds all of the petals together.

Cut a small slit in the center of the circle so you can insert a green pipe cleaner as the stem of the flower.

Glue the petals to the tip of the pipe cleaner using a hot glue gun. Push the pipe cleaner through the hole slightly further, no more than 1/16 of an inch.

Select another sheet of colored crepe paper and repeat steps 1 through 4.

Place a dot of hot glue on the tip of the pipe cleaner and lay the other set of petals on top of the pipe cleaner, arranging them so they fill in the gaps left from the first set of petals.

Cut out a circle 1/4 inch in diameter out of colored crepe paper and glue the colored circle onto the center of the flowers petals to complete the Teresita flower. Use a protractor to create the circle so that it is exactly 1/4 inch in diameter.


Things You Will Need

  • Sheets of colored crepe paper, 2 by 4 inches
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Hot glue gun
  • Protractor

About the Author


Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on various websites.