{Happy} Cinco de Mayo craft! ;-)

*Happy May!*

In just a few more days, it will be Cinco de Mayo!
(otherwise known as the 5th of May - LOL!)

 Having had the blessing of growing up in many countries in Europe,
I learned at a very early age to appreciate the value of other cultures, 
language immersion and celebrating the gift of their customs ♥
It was incredibly enriching as child to experience
many different communities and ways of life ~
Spanish tapas, German architecture, French literature!
It has given me that lifelong sense of adventure
Now, as a mommy of 4, I try to incorporate that every chance I get :)
I speak to them in 4 languages (though they only answer in 1!)
love cooking them foods from other countries,
and adore making homemade crafts from all over the globe ...
like these Cinco de Mayo sombreros!

I've been a room parent for 100 years! so many years :)
More often than not, the classroom budget
 didn't have a lot of wiggle room for crafts and extras,
 so crafting on a budget can be economical, smart and fun!
  This week, my daughter's pre-Kindergarten class will be making these,
so I thought I'd show you a sample of a idea you can use this week, too! 
They are really like little mini piñatas!
Super easy, tons of fun!

 For these, I made a quick trip to Party City
for yellow paper cups and plates.  
I don't recommend the plastic "Solo" cups - they melt if you use hot glue
and the kids can't rip them open/lift them up like the paper cups.
(sidenote:  they also carry these cups/plates at some Dollar Trees/Dollar Stores) 
    The other items used are:
 pipe cleaners,
 pom poms
fast drying glue (all of these at Michaels, Target, etc)
and small candy/toys for filling, like Oriental Trading or Party City.

Construction is easy enough that the kids can create this with ease.
Each child is given a handful of candy or toys and they fill their cup.

(be mindful of the little ones and make sure it's age appropriate!
Our schools here DO allow candy, some schools do not :)

While the cup is still right side up, adhere some fast drying glue
to the rim, flip it onto the already decorated pom-pom filled plate,
and glue it down.  
While it's drying, you can fasten the pipe cleaners to the
bottom of the cups (to create a faux hat band) and just twist into place,
then snip off any excess.
Once it's dry, each child can shake the sombrero,
transport it home, and have a surprise inside little Cinco de Mayo gift!


Here's another look at last year's class all lined up,
made ahead as party favors and boxed up for transport!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Uno, dos, tres ...
vamos a celebrar!
grandes abrazos y besos!

I'll link this to: A Place to Start - Upcycle (using paper plates and cups)
make my Monday - party paraphernalia


  1. Cute, cute idea and so fun! The kids are going to love them. They're so colorful and just adorable.
    Adios, Lynn

  2. You are so creative my friend!! These are fabulous!! They're so colorful and fun!! I know the kids will adore these!! I want one...maybe fill my sombrero with a Cinco de Mayo appropriate Margarita ;) Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Such fun, Kelly! I'm sure the kids will adore these! I remember back when I used to do projects like these with the little ones - kind of miss it now that my "little one" is a 6 foot almost 16 year old! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a gorgeous wee project Kelly - great use of the cheap cups and plates.

  5. Stunning and awesome project, love the brightness of it all..xx{aNNie}

  6. Kelly, these are FABULOUS!!! I'm sure the students are thrilled with them.

  7. Oh my gosh what a super clever idea!! Absolutely LOVE your fun party hats and I know they will be a huge hit!! So fun!! :) Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. Kelly what a cleaver idea!! Love it! The kids are going to love this

  9. Such a clever idea for the kids, and so happy with these colours and the pom-poms! :D I'm sure they will appreciate shakering the sombreros and they will smile soooo much when they will open their gift! You are very creative!

  10. Wow, what an amazing and funn project, thank you for the instructions,it is realy a great idea!!
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

  11. What awesome treats hiding inside these festive sombreros! I am sure you were the most popular mom at the party, Kelly!

  12. What a fantastic, fun project! Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Marina DT

  13. Kelly, this is a really cute idea! I can think of other occasions for which this could be used! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place To Start!

  14. Really gorgeous creation and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Make My Monday.
    Hope to see you again.
    Fliss DT x