I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Have you already put away the eggs and baskets? If so, I have a suggestion for your next holiday craft – DIY a Chili Pepper Door Hanger for Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (It’s hard to believe that May is right around the corner!) This colorful Cinco de Mayo craft is straight out of Texas, home for designer Debi Schmitz. If Debi’s super-sized, 20” chili pepper doesn’t grab your attention, surely the bright, striped ribbon and colorful buttons will! It’s a fun & spicy Cinco de Mayo decoration, and I hope you’ll give it a go.
To make a Chili Pepper Door Hanger, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
- Craft paper, newspaper, or other paper for pattern
- Red, ½ yd.
- Green, ¼ yd.
- Ribbon, multicolor, 7/8” x 5 yds.
- Metal ring, 1”
- Buttons in assorted colors and ¼” – 3/8” dia.
- Seed beads, green (or other colors of your choice)
- Sequin pins, 7/8”
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or utility knife
To make a Chili Pepper Door Hanger:
1. Cut out the chili pepper:
- Cut out pattern A & pattern B. Note the fold lines as you cut them out.
- Tape A & B together, and pin the pepper pattern to the foam sheet.
- Trace around the pattern with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Wax your knife blade with a bar of soap or old candle, and then cut out the chili pepper.
- Sand edges smooth with a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
2. Center the foam chile pepper on the reverse side of a 28” x 16” piece of red fabric. Add 2″ all around the pepper, and cut out the fabric.
3. Cover the front with fabric:
- Wrap the fabric around the pepper, pinning and gluing the extra fabric to the back of the pepper.
- Ease the fabric around the rounded edges, keeping it smooth and even.
- Keep the fabric taut, but not distorted. Trim away excess fabric.
4. Cover the back with fabric:
- Spread a thin layer of glue on the edges of the pinned fabric.
- Center a 25” x 13” piece of red fabric on the back of the chili.
- Smooth the fabric and press the edges into the glue.
- When dry, trim the edges neatly.
5. Add the green top:
- Using pattern C, cut top from green fabric.
- Spread a thin layer of fabric glue around the top edge of the chili.
- Place the green fabric on the front of the chili, with the excess fabric at the top.
- Pin fabric at the top.
- Turn chili over, and pin and glue fabric to the back.
- Trim away excess fabric.
6. Outline the zig zag edge with buttons: Thread a bead and a button on a sequin pin, dip pin in glue, and insert. Repeat, till the zig zag edge of the pepper top is filled in.
7. Pin and glue ribbon around the green fabric top, covering the edge.
8. Add the hanger:
- Thread a 22” length of ribbon through the metal ring.
- Pin and glue one end of the ribbon at each side where the green and red fabrics meet.
- Pin and glue in place about 5” of the ribbon on each side of the pepper. Leave the remaining ribbon unattached to use as a hanger.
9. Add ribbon streamers:
- Fold in half two, 18” lengths of ribbon, and tie a knot in each end.
- Thread a bead and a button on a pin, and pin and glue the streamers to one side of the pepper.
- Repeat, adding streamers to the other side.
10. Pin on five more button/bead combinations along each side.
11. Pour a margarita and enjoy!
Here are a few more festive and fun Cinco de Mayo crafts from a while back.
Does your family celebrate Cinco de Mayo? What are your plans for May 5?