Trinh kinda teased me about my “pinata makeovers.” Basically, I purchase big $10 pinatas and then modify them – to get the theme I want and add that personalized touch, at the price I want. I’ve blogged about a couple of them (http://www.thehowtoduo.com/occasions/big-hero-6-baymax-pinata/, http://www.thehowtoduo.com/occasions/pokemon-personalized-pinata/). Anywho, she said, “Why don’t you just decorate a box and call it a pinata.” So I did it. LOLLLL!
HOW TO PREPARE THE BOX:
- Get any old box (we order a million things from amazon.com, so are never short of boxes).
- Trace the box onto a piece of paper (I used packing paper that came with the box even).
- Cut your outline out. This will be your “canvas” to work on.
- Reinforce the box with masking tape. Skip this step if you want your pinata to be stupid & fragile.
HOW TO FESTIFY THE BOX:
- Get streamers with your party theme colors. Or, you can use random colors if you want people to say, “That makes no dog-gone sense!”
- Create frilly-edged streamers by folding strips of streamer up & then cutting only ¾ of the height. If you cut all the way through, then you’ll get worthless streamer squares.
- Glue the frilly streamers onto your box. My girls wanted to help me with this part. So they would squirt a line of glue on the box, & I would lay the uncut edge over it.
HOW TO THEMIFY THE PINATA:
- Draw your theme of choice onto your “canvas.” We had a Phineas & Ferb themed birthday party, so Dr. Doofenschmirtz was featured on the pinata. If you can’t draw, then you can print something out, glue it on the festified box, & you’re done!
- But for me & my drawing, I had a few more steps to go. My boys wanted to help, so I cut Dr. Doffenschmirtz out, taped him on the window, & had my boys trace the various body parts onto the desired colored construction paper.
HOW TO PIECE IT ALL TOGETHER:
- I cut the tracings the boys made, laid out all the parts, & glued away, layer by layer.
- Then, at the end, we destroyed the thing. Dang. Was it worth it to make? Heck yeah! I got some priceless quality crafting time with the kids & a glorious reaction from Trinh!