Chili Pepper Wreath

5 Materials
4 Hours

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I thought a vibrant chili pepper wreath would add a festive touch to this celebration. For Mexicans, this day commemorates their victory over Napoleon’s forces at the Battle of Pueblo in 1862. But for Americans, it’s a day to enjoy Mexican food and culture. And for my French family, well, just relax and let me make you a margarita. After all, I deserve one after completing this fiery chili pepper wreath.

step 1 – prepare for surgery

That’s right. There’s a few things you need to do before starting this craft. First, find a great movie on Netflix. Yep, it takes a while to string these peppers, so you may as well seek some entertainment. Secondly, and most importantly, put on some surgical gloves before handling these hot peppers. Ask me how I know.

step 2 – string the peppers

Cut a piece of floral wire a little longer than the circumference of the wreath form. Then begin stringing the  chili peppers, piercing them through their stems if possible. 

You will then make two more strings of peppers, each an inch or two shorter than the first string. 

step 3 – attach to wreath

Using pieces of raffia, tie the longest pepper string around the outer edge of the wreath, securing it in several places.

After the first string is attached, add a second one to the very top of the wreath, close enough that the peppers cluster together and stand up. Use floral picks to secure it in place.

Finally, add the third string to the inside of the circle of peppers. Attach with  greening pins. Don’t worry if a few loose peppers fall off. 

step 4 – add bow

Tie a ribbon around the top for hanging. Remove gloves. Wash hands. Have a margarita. Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos.

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  • Susan QC
    on May 14, 2019

    Teresa is quite right. I live on the Texas/Mexico border and I will tell you that May 5th (Cinco de Mayo in Spanish) is not celebrated as a holiday around here, but makes for a great theme party. I have friends who will gather at the drop of a hat for almost any reason, and a theme gathering is the perfect excuse. We have Kentucky Derby parties, St. Patrick's Day parties, and let's not forget Halloween, so we gather on May 5th and drink margaritas and eat great Mexican food and don't celebrate anything in particular except life in general.

    • Gilmer Gal
      on May 14, 2019

      I lived in San Antonio, TX for years and Cinco de Mayo was a huge deal. I guess it depends on what part of Texas you live in?

  • Mary Gallagher
    on May 26, 2019

    I decorated with strings of chili peppers in my kitchen until all the little insect larva in them hatched and began flying in my kitchen!

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