For Your Fiesta: DIY Sombrero Place Card Holders

There are so many festive things going on this weekend! Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby all in one weekend?! If you've been following the blog this week, you may have already checked out all of the fun party ideas I cooked up for the Derby along with a fellow creative, but I just couldn't ignore Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is more than just throwing back tequila shots. I'd recommend reading this fun history about the holiday from Buzzfeed. Now that you know a little more about the history behind the Mexican celebration, you can absolutely enjoy some delicious Mexican food and margaritas!

After Easter, I had some mini terracotta pots leftover from the dollar store and was doing a little searching for what I could do with them. I came across an idea to make sombreros out of them by adding a saucer and decorating.

What You Need

  • Mini Terracotta Pots (Set of 3 - $1 Dollar Tree)

  • Terracotta Saucer (6 inch  - $1.32 each Home Depot)

  • Acrylic Paint (any color - under $1 at local craft store)

  • Foam Paint Brush

  • Glue Gun

  • Mini Pom Poms ($.97 assorted sizes at Walmart or at local craft store)

Step 1: Paint Pots and Saucers

Although some versions of this DIY project did not require painting, I decided to make them a bright color. Using the foam brush, I painted two set of pots and saucers yellow. It was paint I already had around the house and it fit the bright color scheme I was aiming to have on the bar. With yellow, it took a few coats to get the terracotta fully covered. Admittedly, spray paint may have been easier. I wore gloves to avoid getting paint all over my hands.

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Step 2: Glue on Pom Poms

 Once your pots are dry, select the pom poms you want to attach and arrange as close or far apart as you'd like on the rim of the saucer. I also added them to the rim of the pot to add additional detail. 

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Step 3: Ready for Display!

These are perfect for labeling different kinds of salsa or dips! I've got a jar of my Grandma's salsa ready to pop open and couple of different kinds of tequila to make some cocktails. All you have to do is attach any tag or cardstock cutout to a wood skewer and pop it in the top of the pot where the little water hole is located.


These fit right in on our bar. All of the goodies I used to style the bar were from around the house. I grabbed a Mexican blanket we bought on a trip to Tulum last year and folded it into a runner. Then I displayed our margarita glasses and a bowl of fake limes. The limes were a dollar store find for some summer decor a few years back. I cut some leftover paper straws in half and attached some free printable Fiesta flags from The Twinery

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The shot glasses were a free gift from our hotel in Mexico and feature colorful Lucha libre masks, which are worn by Mexico's professional wrestlers. The tequila bottles are right from our liquor cabinet. 

 The big roses you see are also making an appearance in the Kentucky Derby party decor! To pull the look together, I printed a free printable Fiesta banner from I Heart Naptime. I printed it, cut it out, and glued it to kraft cardstock to create a border. I then used mini-clothespins and attached it to some twine.


Are you celebrating either Cinco de Mayo or the Kentucky Derby this weekend? Let me know your plans in the comments below!