It’s Fiesta time in San Antonio!
During our year of iin SA we enjoyed a lot of celebrations and culture in the big city especially their Fiesta celebration. The girls and I attended parades, collected medals, and made crafts for Fiesta. Scroll down to see the instructions for our DIY Celebration Suncatcher and our favorite Fiesta Memories and Medals.
What is Fiesta?
Fiesta is one of America’s truly great festivals. It began more than 120 years ago as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Today Fiesta celebrates the diversity and culture of San Antonio.
These colorful headbands worn during Fiesta are known as halos and are made
of paper flowers and ribbon.
My beautiful Fiesta princess.
There are so many parades and parties during Fiesta that it is hard to attend them all!
We went to the The Battle of Flowers Parade since it is the largest parade during Fiesta. It is also the only one in the country to be planned and directed completely by women and is second in size nationally only to the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Other notable Fiesta parades and events:
Even Dylan got to join in on the fun at the Fiesta Pooch Parade!
This was a walking parade through the beautiful downtown neighborhoods with your dogs and it was hands down one of my favorite events all year!
Everyone and I mean everyone has their own Fiesta medal available to purchase.
Many donate the profits to charity and most medals are around $5-12.
You are supposed to wear your medals on a sash across your chest during Fiesta events.
We collected quite a few medals during our first year and there are so many more I want to buy!
Some of our faves: the zoo, pooch parade, and Seaworld.
Local businesses like Chick-fil-A, Whataburger, and Bill Miller BBQ
put out fun medals every year too.
We had the best time making Fiesta themed suncatchers last year to celebrate!
Check out our designs and the simple steps below.
- Paper Plates
- Clear Contact Paper
- Stickers, Buttons, and Sequins
- Letter Stickers
- Cut out the center circle in the paper plate, without cutting through the outside rim.
- Color the rim of the plate and add stickers.
- Cut out a circle of contact paper large enough to cover the cut out center but smaller than the entire plate.
- Place the contact paper on the back of the plate with the sticky side facing up.
- Place sequins, buttons, and stickers all over the sticky paper.
- We used Fiesta print ribbon in the center. You can also add letter stickers.
- Now place another circle of contact paper on top, smoothing to get out any bubbles.
- Trim any edges.
- Using a stapler or tape add festive rows of ribbon to the bottom.
- Using a hole punch, add a hole to the top center and attach a ribbon for hanging.
Color the rim of the plate.
Decorate with stickers and spell out words. .
Little works of art!
Cut out a circle of contact paper large enough to cover the cut out center but smaller than the entire plate. Place the contact paper on the back of the plate with the sticky side facing up.
Place sequins, buttons, and stickers all over the sticky paper.
We used Fiesta print ribbon in the center. You can also add letter stickers.
Now place another circle of contact paper on top, smoothing to get out any bubbles.
Using a stapler or tape add festive rows of ribbon to the bottom.
Using a hole punch, add a hole to the top center and attach a ribbon for hanging.
The final suncatcher is bright and colorful and perfect for your Fiesta decor!
I had never heard of this celebration before – it looks like a lot of fun! Those suncatchers are adorable, and I love that you used heart shaped buttons.
Mama Writes Reviews
I am also excited about Fiesta! (We live just north of SA) I absolutely love this craft and I'm going to break out the art supplies this week for my kiddos.
What a fun idea! My kids would love this!
This is so cool!!! I want to go to this