DIY Fiesta Food Flags with Martha Stewart + Cricut

We're big fans of the fiesta spirit around here if you've noticed. So when tasked to come up with a unique decor idea for a bridal or wedding shower from our friends at Cricut and Martha Stewart, we knew right away what we would do! Inspired by a co-ed wedding shower for two grooms (one in which has Mexican heritage), it's a backyard celebration for friends and family! In partnership with Cricut and Martha Stewart, we dreamed up the cutest, most chic papel picado food flag picks made with the Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart Edition and exclusive wedding material bundles only available at Michaels Stores. This gold and vanilla-colored cutting machine was meant for wedding DIYs with its gorgeousness and its ability to cut vinyl, paper, iron-on, and so much more! For anyone who is equally obsessed with things coordinating, the machine bundle even comes with matching Cricut tools in that lovely color palette. So grab those pretty crafting tools, and ¡Vamos! (And don't miss our bonus layered taco bean dip appetizer recipe that you can stick in your finished flags!)

How to make papel picado food flags for your bridal or wedding shower with Cricut

How to Make Papel Picado Food Flag Picks

Difficulty Level: Easy
Color Inspiration: Soft Southwestern hues with Mexican textures

• Computer/Laptop/Mobile Phone
Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart Edition
Cricut + Martha Stewart white cardstock paper
Cricut 12"x12" LightGrip Cutting Mat
4" Kokeshi-style toothpicks
Tacky glue pen
AMOR food flag design

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• Terracotta pots
• Trinket dishes
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Faux aloe plants

Materials for making papel picado food pick flags for a bridal or wedding shower

1. Set out all of your materials and prep your computer, laptop, or mobile phone to connect with your Cricut Explore Air 2 machine.

2. Go to Cricut Design Space, open a New Project, and upload our AMOR food flag design. You'll need to "delete" the spaces in the flag that will be cut, so be sure to follow the guided directions in Design Space when uploaded.

HELPFUL TIP: In Cricut Design Space, you can alter the size of our "AMOR" design based on your project needs. Our flags were sized at 2.2" in width so that they would be the perfect size and proportion for our margarita glasses. Feel free to get creative with your own sizing or keep it as is in Design Space!

How to cut out papel picado food pick flags with Cricut Design Space

3. Using your LightGrip Cutting Mat (which is needed when you cut paper), place one sheet of your white cardstock on the mat and smooth so there are no bubbles. Then on your Explore Air 2 machine, turn the material dial to "Cardstock."

4. In Cricut Design Space, click the green "Make It" button and enter the number of Project Copies you want. This means your Cricut machine will cut out more than just one flag, so definitely don't skip this step for food flags! You'll need a lot for your wedding shower! If sized at 2.2", you can get 25 flags per sheet of 12x12 cardstock paper.

Easy bridal or wedding shower DIY projects using the Martha Stewart Wedding Bundle with Cricut
Gold and vanilla colored Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart Edition

FUN FACT: Considering the Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart Edition for your wedding DIYs? This special bundle includes a bunch of awesome things for your special day specifically. Not only will you get the usual free trial membership to Cricut, but you'll also receive 25 Free Ready to Make Martha Stewart Wedding Projects along with the lovely Martha Stewart Basic Tool Set as mentioned above. These projects range from wedding shoe decals to reception signage to ceremony decor in the iconic Martha style you love. We're kinda obsessed!

Easy DIY for bridal shower food decor using Martha Stewart Cricut machine and paper

5. Once your flags are cut, carefully peel them off of the cutting mat. You'll notice all of the leftover tidbits remaining on the mat, and you can take those off with your Cricut spatula tool. (Try to avoid using your fingertips as the oil from them can affect your mat over time.)

6. On your paper flag, fold the little tab on the left. This is what will wrap around your toothpick.

How to make easy papel picado flags out of cardstock for your bridal or wedding shower

7. Using your tacky glue pen, draw a very small line of glue on the inside of the tab and slowly roll/wrap the tab around the top of your toothpick. Press for about 10 seconds to make sure it adheres quickly and securely. Set aside and repeat with the rest of your flags.

8. Allow to dry for a couple of hours before putting them in your food.

Cricut Explore Air 2 DIY project for your wedding or bridal shower
Adorable papel picado food pick flags made with Cricut machine and white cardstock for your wedding or bridal shower

9. Now you're ready to have your own fiesta celebration! Place your flags in your appetizers, plant decor, or wherever else you want to spread the AMOR.

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Layered Taco Bean Dip Recipe

Makes 4 Glasses

• 1 can vegetarian refried beans
• 1 taco seasoning packet (or 3 tablespoons if homemade)
• 2 beefsteak tomatoes, diced
• 1 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
• 2 stalks of green onions, chopped
• Shredded cheese as topping
• Sour cream as topping
• 1 bag of tortilla chips (the lime-flavored ones are especially good with this recipe!)

• Salsa
• Guacamole
• Corn
• Lime, squeezed

• Margarita glasses
• Mixing spoons and scoop
• Kitchen knives

This recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian if prepared using these steps. Should you have a random chili/jalapeño pepper allergy like our editor-in-chief, use the bonus Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe below that is way better than something that comes in a packet!

1. Mix together the refried beans and taco seasoning well. To soften beans for easier spreading, place in microwave for 30 seconds intervals. (For extra yumminess, sprinkle some shredded cheese into the refried bean mix, stir, and allow to melt in the microwave.)

2. Spread the taco bean mixture on the bottom of your margarita glass.

3. Layer sour cream, then sprinkle tomatoes, lettuce, and shredded cheese. If using the food flags, put a small extra scoop of refried beans on top as this will keep your flag upright.

4. Finish by sprinkling green onions and a small dollop of sour cream on top if preferred.

5. Cover your glasses and refrigerate until ready to use.

6. Serve with tortilla chips, salsa, and/or guacamole.

Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning Recipe

Makes 1 Packet
Recipe by Elaine S., Tidewater and Tulle's social media assistant

• 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
• 1/2 teaspoon oregano
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 3/4 teaspoon cumin
• 1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix and shake all ingredients together. That's it!

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Photography, Tutorial, and Styling: Chelsea LaVere | Project Materials & Cutting Machine: Cricut and Martha Stewart

Many thanks to Cricut and Martha Stewart for partnering with Tidewater and Tulle for this DIY tutorial feature! And while the disclaimer is that we were compensated to write and design this, the words and our loyal love for the Cricut brand are all our own. Some of the above product links are affiliate-linked and purchasing through these links helps support our wonderful sponsors and Tidewater and Tulle! You can find our full affiliate disclosure policy here on Tidewater and Tulle.