It’s party time!!! Actually to be technical a party is not the only time for a Pinata!! This Pinata in-particular I am going to be using for a Gender Reveal for my cousin, however you can make a pinata just for decoration. I know this sounds a little crazy, but after I made this Pinata I hung it on my wall to keep it safe from all my fur-babies until the day came where I needed to take it to the gender reveal. It looked totally cute as a wall decoration, especially maybe for a teenager or kids room. Adds some color and something a little different that you don’t typically see as room decor. So whether it is for a party or decor, this tutorial will work for you!
*P.S. I know I made a new years resolution to spend more time working with the blog and writing more in depth posts but guess what, like most new years resolutions, I did not stick to it. However I am going to try, for real this time….well, I’m going to TRY to try! 😀 So I decided to do a more in depth blog post for this and not JUST a video showing you exactly how I done it. Some people prefer picture instructions and some people prefer video instructions so I’m trying to give you both options even though it is more work, you’re worth it 😉 *
Cutting and taping the streamer does take a little time but its one of those little tasks where you can turn on Netflix or a Movie and just go to town as you watch your shows! It’s pretty repetitive so its perfect for getting done while you catch up on your DVR like I do!
So, LETS DO THIS!
Things you will need:
- Streamer in colors of choice
- Cereal boxes/cardboard
- Scotch Tape
- Twine or String (to hang it)
- Exacto knife (to cut the hole to insert candy or confetti)
- Pencil or Pen
I know I do have regular tissue paper pictured, which you can use…but I ended up using rolls of streamer! Whichever you prefer will work. Alright that is all you need, let’s get on to this tutorial shall we?! By the time we are doing you are going to be wondering why you hadn’t been making your own cute customizable personal pinatas for years!
- First pick your shape. I am going with a heart. I found a standard heart shape online and printed it out the size I wanted it. That is your first step. Print your outline!
- Next I “broke down” my cereal boxes. Id say you understand what I mean by “broke down” but for those not familiar with retail work, you are just finding the seams of the boxes and pulling apart til it is one flat piece. I use cereal boxes because despite how it may seem these are sturdy pinata’s, I once used full on thick cardboard from a cardboard box and the adults could not even bust the Pinata!! So I went with flimsy cardboard and little tape.
- Now I am going to take my flat boxes, lay out my template on it for the overall shape I am wanting, and going to cut it out. I am going to start with front and back of my pinata, so I cut my large heart out of cardboard, and pieced together parts that weren’t big enough for the entire heart. Then I done it all over again a second time. One is the front of the pinata, and one the back.
- Now it is time to cut out the sides of my pinata. I chose to make mine about 2 & 1/2 inches wide. This is all completely depending on your shape and size of your pinata and how you want it to look. I cut out random strips of the cardboard in different lengths, as long as they were 2 & 1/2 inches wide. Then I rolled them up so they would curve easily when I go to make my shape.
- Finally it is time to assemble the Pinata. I used scotch tape and taped my side strips to my base and attached it all the way around. One my base and sides were constructed I put the top piece on, and again secured it with tape. Let me be clear, you don’t want much tape if kids are going to be hitting this. For this in-particular pinata I made I puttoo much tape. The 3 year olds hitting it wasn’t even making a dent, and the adults who eventually took over hitting it still had a time with it! While constructing the Pinata I went ahead and placed my twine in at this point that it will hang from and secured it with some sturdy black electrical tape. You don’t want the pinata falling off the string while hitting it, that’s the part you want to hold up.
- If this is a pinata for a party and not for decoration then you are at this point going to need a hole to insert your candy/confetti/filling of your choice. I just picked a small section on the top and cut out 3 sides of a square with an exacto knife. almost like a |_| and the 4th line you didn’t cut is what holds it on. That gives you a little door you can open to insert your candy. I wouldn’t overfill this too much either because you don’t want it falling apart if you made it lightweight for kids. I fill it with my candy and filling last though, so its not weighted too much while you are working with it.
- Now I took some rolls of streamers which you can buy at any dollar store for only $1 a roll and I cut off a piece, and folded it in layers to make one small piece.
- Then I took some Scissors and cut slits half way or 3 quarters of the way up the streamer and made multiple of these slits down the whole side of the streamer. Then once unfolded you have your little frilly streamer like material you need to cover the pinata. Continue to repeat this step until you have enough cut to cover the entire pinata. I cut extra into small confetti like pieces to fill mine with for the gender reveal.
- Now it is time to attach your streamer to your pinata base. I started with the sides because I want the front and back to be the main show stopper part of the pinata so I want them on top. So I just measured out a piece of my frilly streamer the width of the side of my pinata, which was 2 & 1/2 inches and I cut it to that length. Then I used that piece to cut out a bunch more, enough to cover all the sides of the pinata where I could layer them ontop of each other enough that no cardboard would show.
- Now I just used scotch tape, and taped these small strips along the side of my pinata, starting from the bottom and working my way up so it was layered nicely. I made sure there was no cardboard showing through, which means each layer will be overlapping ontop of each other. I slowly make my way around all the sides of the pinata.
- Now that the sides of your pinata are complete, its time to start on the front & back! I used the same method as before but cutting the strips in the length I needed AS I WENT! So I know they are layered and cut right. So starting at the bottom of the pinata I cut a small strip to fit the length of my starting point, which was very small because hearts are pointy at the bottom. Then I slowly worked my way up the pinata, cutting strips that were bigger and bigger, to fit the size of the cardboarded needed to be covered. Layering and overlapping streamer after streamer, securing with scotch tape until the entire front of the pinata was covered. Then I flipped it over and started on the back, and done the exact same process.
- Now your pinata is complete! All you have to do is fill it with candy or confetti (or streamer in my case) and hang it up! This was time consuming and takes patience but is not hard at all! 🙂
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Thank you guys again for stopping by, I hope you guys like this post and don’t forget to pin this easy tutorial to your Pinterest for future reference next time you are having a party! Love ya’ll, Later tater!