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:

  1. Get any old box (we order a million things from amazon.com, so are never short of boxes).
  2. Trace the box onto a piece of paper (I used packing paper that came with the box even).
  3. Cut your outline out. This will be your “canvas” to work on.
  4. Reinforce the box with masking tape. Skip this step if you want your pinata to be stupid & fragile.

 

HOW TO FESTIFY THE BOX:

  1. 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!”
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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:

  1. I cut the tracings the boys made, laid out all the parts, & glued away, layer by layer.
  2. 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!

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