Hey StylishLee DIYers! I’m finally back from Birthday La-La land, and today I’m sharing with you an extra fun project I recently created for my 25th Birthday photo shoot. Today, we’re talking about a DIY Pinata! It’s a pretty fun project and even if your not having a party you can still make one just for fun, or perhaps as a prop for a photo shoot. The unfortunate part? After spending a few hours creating something so awesome and pretty, it’s tempting not to break them. You may end up like me and just let them hang pretty in a corner for some time lol.
Here are some easy step-by-step instructions for how to make your own in no time…
You Will Need
- Non-Toxic Craft Glue/Glue Stick
- Tissue Paper/Wrapping Paper
- X-Acto Knife
Making the Structure
1. Cut Your Cardboard
Stack two pieces of cardboard together and draw or trace out your desired shape on your cardboard (use a pencil so you can erase and adjust lines until it’s just right). Then following the lines of your shape cut through the two layers of cardboard at the same time. If using an x-acto knife place a layer below the cardboard to protect yous floors.
Dimensions can be up to you but my Pinata was about 15″ tall.
Cut several strips of cardboard about 3.5 inches wide. These strips will be used on the side of your pinata. The length really doesn’t matter.
Assemble your cardboard shapes and strips, grab your tape and start taping all the sides together to create a 3D form (I used scotch tape but if you want something much stronger go with duct tape). I started by attaching a strip to the bottom piece of my number and worked my way around the shape. The cardboard should bend relatively easy to fit around the more angular or rounded sections. Once done taping the strips to one shape, grab the matching second shape and tape around that. This whole process took me roughly 25 minutes for each number. Leave a flap open and un-taped at the bottom of your pinata if you plan to fill the pinata with candy.
3. Lets DECORATE!
Once you’ve managed to tape up your cardboard into a 3D shape it’s time to DECORATE! Take your tissue/wrapping paper, cut it into long strips and then cut fringe down the side. Repeat this step until you have enough fringing to cover your shape. This will be what you use to cover the entire pinata.
Once your done fringing your paper, get your glue stick or glue gun and start applying the fringe to the pinata form, starting at the bottom and working your way up. This part took FOREVER! But I popped in a movie to keep me distracted off the length of time it actually took—plus I kept going when I realized just how incredibly cute it was getting. Overlap the tissue so that the only portion that shows is the fringe, and the un-fringed part is what gets glued down. Repeat this step until your number/letter is fully covered. Leave to dry.
5. Lets Have Some FUN!
Once dry, take your completed pinatas and fill with confetti and candy in the flap left open from earlier. Hang your Pinata and start hitting! Now you have a pretty cool pinata to destroy! (If your making the pinata as a prop skip this step).
It’s a pretty easy DIY! Let me know if you’ll have a go at making one for yourself, or for anyone at all for that matter.
Talk soon, Nuff Love, Natasha ♥