Holiday Crafts

Published on May 4th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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3 Awesome, Upcycled Cinco de Mayo Decorations

salted margarita
Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away, but there’s still time to get your DIY on if you’re planning some festivities. Whip up some guac and margaritas to go along with these crafty decorations, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in DIY style!

Cinco de Mayo is all about bright colors and festive decor, which works really well with reclaimed paper like magazine pages, junk mail, and scrap paper from other crafty projects you’re working on. Whether you’re planning a small party or a full on 5th of May blowout, we’ve got your decor covered with decorations for the walls and for your cocktails.

If you guys have your own crafty plans for Cinco de Mayo in the works, I’d love to hear more ideas in the comments!

DIY Cocktail Umbrellas

While this tute calls for fancy cardstock, you could totally make your umbrellas out of junk mail, magazine pages, or other scrap paper around the craft room. Those glossy pages would work just fine in this project, and the photos and graphics on the paper will add a festive dash of color to your umbrellas!

Next >> Recycled Paper Banners

[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by mnapoleon]

stack of magazines

Recycled Paper Banners

Here’s another project that translates well to junk mail or magazine pages. Martha Stewart shows you how to use simple hole punches to create a festive banner for your Cinco de Mayo get together. She calls for tissue paper, but magazine pages would work great. If you want to have some color uniformity, you can paint the pages after you cut them but before stringing them up. Just make sure you let them dry completely before moving on to those last steps.

[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by splorp]

Make Your Own Pinata

The fine folks at Threadbanger show you how to use old magazines to make a colorful pinata for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. I think this would be a great project to put a dent in your collection of junk mail, too! If you want to green this up even more, try using Eco Glue in place of Elmers.


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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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