Well, it was created to form the base for my first ever DIY pinata!
I can't believe it but our special girl will be turning 4 in just a few weeks...sigh....
...and she recently became interested in pinatas after watching a Curious George episode...
...so after some pinterest searching, I came across this tutorial from a fellow DIY loving Mom
and tweaked it a bit.
Here's my version:
White foam board (Dollar Tree)
Black Crepe Paper (Dollar Tree)
Red Polka Dot Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun
I started with white foam board from Dollar $ vs the Huggies diaper box in the linked tutorial- I wanted my Minnie head to be larger than my diaper box would allow.
I used some pot lids to form the circles and cut with scissors, twice for 2 bases-
a craft knife would have been much easier with the foam but I couldn't find ours:/
Next I unearthed a box that had just the right width to form the sides (thank you previous house owner)-
it even came with the perfect window for stashing the loot!
I opted to use a flange of cardboard to secure the side piece of the pinata to one of the bases-
it may have taken a bit longer vs the linked tutorial as I snipped along the flange to ensure proper curving
but it worked well and seemed appropriately secure.
Here is the side, completely attached at intervals with strips of mailing tape-
I did roll the box piece along the edge of my dining room table to loosen it up:)
And here is the second base attached on the outside at intervals with mailing tape.
At this point, the kids & I were quite excited:)
TIP: This is the time to make the holes for the wire to suspend your pinata!
Next I ran lines of craft glue along the top & sides and pressed in black crepe paper to seal the edges...
...which worked like a charm- this also hid the wire holes.
FYI, I opted to skip the black tissue paper step from the linked tutorial.
Then I tackled the ears, covering the center with a crepe "rosette", all adhered with craft glue.
TIP: By pinching the crepe as its placed on the lines of glue, it forms a ruffled appearance.
After both ears were filled in, I tackled the "face" and then repeated on the opposite side.
Lastly, I pressed the crepe paper along the sides
and then created a ruffle down the center to hide the seam (photo of ruffle not shown).
And now the pinata is ready for loot!
I bought everything at Dollar Tree & Big Lots.
The birthday girl has a special affinity for lollipops
so I included 2 bags of Dum-Dums & 1 bag of heart lollipops, sure to please:)
I left a smidgeon of room at the top of the pinata...
...and then hot glued a bow on "Minnie"!
I'm really chuffed about this project and only regret procrastinating about it so long:/
Even with poorly little Ms, I was able to get this done in one day
with Jonah handing me strips of tape & Olivia sorting the loot:)
White Foam Board: $1 (Dollar Tree)
Black Crepe Paper: $1 (Dollar Tree)
Adhesives & ribbon: free (my stash)
Loot: $13 (Dollar Tree/Big Lots)
Total Cost: $15
Another successful pinterest party DIY project in the bag!
And speaking of bags, next I'll share the favor bags in progress:)
Thanks for stopping by,