August 26, 2010

How to make a ruffled pinata

Welcome to this (final!) installment of my Frosty Treat Birthday Party series. In case you missed the other posts, here is the list in its entirety:

Party Overview
Party Recipes
Party Garland and Hats

This party theme was oodles of fun to work with, and what I love about how I put this party together is that so many of the ideas will be able to be tweaked for future events by using differently themed papers, colors, etc. The project I have to share with you today, a ruffled ice cream cone pinata, was a darling accessory to this particular party, but I know I will be able to use the same pinata framework for any number of events in the future, starting with the round balloon center and using my imagination for how to dress it up as any animal or object that suits my fancy. The sky is really the limit!

First things first: if you are planning a party and have in mind to give this whole pinata thing a whirl, start early. Unlike silly ol’ me… Each and every layer needs to dry completely before you add another, and allowing things to dry overnight between layers is absolutely ideal. Now, if you don’t have that much time to work with, don’t fret. I didn’t get started on my pinata until two days before the big day, and I was still able to get done in time. But just barely. 😉 I found using a hair dryer on a low setting helped speed the drying process considerably.

For this project, you will need:
Kraft Paper
Clear Packing Tape
Craft Glue
Crepe Paper Streamers
Special Equipment: Drill

If my first tip for pinata making was to get started early, my only additional advice is this: don’t become too attached to your handiwork. 🙂 I do think there are few things as fun as kiddos working their hardest to crack one of these little jewels open, and you’ll know you’ve done a great job when the project you’ve slaved over is lying in a heap in your lawn with dozens of sweet little hands scrambling for their share of goodies!



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7 Responses to How to make a ruffled pinata

  1. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} August 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    This is so cute! I think I would be devastated to have it smashed the smithereens. lol! But I’m sure the kids all had a ton of fun. Great tutorial!

  2. gnee @ Singing With Birds August 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Thanks for such a darling idea. Please consider bringing it over to our BlogBBQ September 2-6. It’s perfect for fun as we say, “So Long Summer!”

  3. Amy August 27, 2010 at 2:27 am #

    So cute! I made a pinata this year for my daughters 4th Birthday. I made a heart – nothing as cute as this cone! i love it! Thanks for sharing it!!

  4. Shannon January 15, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    I am new to your blog as of today (Thank Money Saving Mom!) and I LOVE this pinata idea. My son is turning 3 and having a Mickey Mouse birthday and I think I can adapt this to having two ears and (hopefully) make it look like Mickey a little bit! Thank you!!!

  5. Savvy Sassy Moms March 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Okay this is super cute! I am not sure I am crafty enough to make this – but I loved reading and watching you!!

  6. 99 Crafting May 17, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Making a ruffled pinata is kind of messy indeed but the outcome of the craft looks good! Very creative! I should make one for my daughter’s first birthday. registered & protected

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