Have you ever searched for a specifically-themed piñata, but only saw not-worth-it, not-so-festive piñatas online? Or ever go to the store, only to see every other themed piñata except the one you’re looking for? That happens to me a lot!

The Stater Bros near my house has huge $9.99 piñatas. No Pokémon piñatas when we needed one though. But with a little imagination, and a lot of frugality, I transformed what they had into what I wanted! Here’s the how-to on this project…

 

HOW TO FIT YOUR SKETCH ONTO THE STORE-BOUGHT PINATA:

  1. Select a piñata with the birthday theme colors.
  2. Lay out (recycled) packing paper & trace the piñata. This outline is your drawing space.
  3. Sketch out what you want. I usually find a way to put “Happy B-day,” the birthday star’s name(s), & a cake with a candle to show the age.
  4. Cut your sketch out into smaller sections, kinda like a puzzle.

 

HOW TO BRING COLOR TO YOUR SKETCH, USING CONSTRUCTION PAPER:

  1. Trace your “puzzle pieces” onto construction paper, creating layers. For example, Pikachu’s body will be the main layer, tail goes behind the body, head & cake go in front, etc.
  2. Place the “puzzle pieces” on top of the piñata to help with spacing. Then glue the pieces onto each other, in layers. But don’t glue anything directly on the piñata yet, because you still  have to cover up the undesired background.

 

HOW TO COVER THE ORIGINAL PINATA’S BACKGROUND, USING STREAMERS:

  1. Cut long strips of streamer paper.
  2. Fold the strips in half, over & over again until it’s down to about 2 inches, cut 1 side 3/4 of the width to create the ruffle look.
  3. Glue the ruffled streamer strips onto the piñata to cover the undesired background.
  4. Finally, glue your desired character on top & you’re done!

 

CAN ANYONE SAY, “GREAT PHOTO OPP SPOT”?

 

 

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