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Party Piñata

Crafting Time:
  • Weekend Project
Skill Level:
  • Advanced
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • 1- 20”x24” sheet of lightweight cardboard, (chipboard)
  • 3- packets of white tissue paper
  • Fringe cutting machine
  • Small bottles of acrylic paint- pink, blue
  • 1- small paint brush
  • Ribbon- 4 spools of gold ribbon (2 thick and 2 thin), 1 spool of pink, 1 spool of blue
  • 1- spool of rope twine
  • 1- coat hanger or wire as thick as a coat hanger
  • Wire cutters
  • Flour
  • Newspaper
  • One x-acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Cutting surface
  • White glue
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Take the cardboard/chipboard, using the x-acto knife, ruler and cutting surface, cut strips that are 4” wide and 24” long. Score it vertically every 7” to make the folds on the points of the stars.
  2. Each 24” strip will make three folds with a 3” leftover. You will need 4 strips of cardboard. Lay the cardboard on its side and glue the strips together with hot glue at the overlaps to make the outside form of the star. You will have 5 folds making the points and 5 in folds. Save the extra cardboard.
  3. Once you have glued the cardboard strips together, it will be wobbly.
  4. To create the hanger, cut another strip of cardboard, 3”x 10” scoring it in the middle and fold, for the support for the hanger. Make a loop (3” circle) with your wire, twisting it at the base with 4” extended ends, sniping the wire ends if longer than 5”.
  5. To place the hanger, punch a hole in the middle of the fold on the top of the star. Slide the wire loop ends through the hole on the top fold on the star with the extended wire on the inside of the star. Glue the folded piece to the top of the inside start, sandwiching the extended wires. This will keep the hanger from slipping out as the piñata is being hit.
  6. To make the sides on the stars - mix in a bowl, equal parts of flour and water to create a paste.
  7. Tear up newspaper into strips.
  8. Dip your newspaper strips into the flour mixture, squeegee off the excess flour mixture with your two fingers. Lay strips across the corners of the stars and down onto the sides.

  9. *Only do the corners first and let dry. Halfway through the drying stage flip it over onto the damp side and lay it on a plastic bag to overnight.
  10. Once the corners are dry repeat the process only now go all the way across the middle of the star, covering the entire side. Put on two layers, let dry halfway through, flip over onto plastic bag and let dry overnight.
  11. Repeat this process on the other side.
  12. Once the piñata is completely dry then make a slice in the top of the piñata and insert candy.
  13. Using the fringemaker, make a pile of fringe with the tissue following directions on package.
  14. Using white glue make horizontal lines across the piñata form, including the outline of the star.
  15. Lay the strips of tissue starting at the bottom, overlapping the previous row. Do this until you get to the top of the star, cutting off the excess at the sides as you go.
  16. Do the same steps on the sides of the star as well. Let it dry. Repeat on the other side.
  17. Using your pink and blue paint, brush on stripes across the piñata to make a decorative pattern.
  18. Take your rope twine and wrap the hanger covering the wire. Hot glue the ends in place. Use the pink and blue ribbon to tie on a bow at the base of the hanger.
  19. Attach the gold ribbon on the base of the star to make decorative streamers .

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