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DIY Easter Pinatas

DIY Projects Mar 28, 2013

Easter has got to be hands down my favourite holiday – I used to love the annual easter egg hunt when I was younger, but sadly as I grow up it becomes less and less appropriate for me to get cover my eyes while my boyfriend hides them around our tiny apartment in Hong Kong. I was chatting with friend and creative Kit (she of the amazing macrame plant holders and pinatas!) about how we could mondernize the Easter Egg Hunt for a more mature (yeah right!) audience, and we came up with these ‘Treat Yo’ Self’ Easter Pinatas. So simple to make and the perfect Easter treat, read on for Kit’s easy as 1-2-3 tutorial!

You need:

  • Metallic streamers (we used silver and metallic pastel) or metallic cellophane (cut into tiny strips of fringe)
  • Double-sided tape
  • White and pastel card
  • Coloured twine
  • Pastel crepe paper (we used pink and white)
  • Tiny Easter eggs
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stanley knife
  • Pen or pencil

How to:

1. Print out the template (here) and transfer it to a piece of white card. With a ruler and pen or pencil, re-mark all the fold lines, then lightly score them with a Stanley knife to ensure that each fold is crisp and neat.

2.  Affix strips of double-sided tape onto each tab (on one side of the template only). Trim the tape to size. Construct the pinata (the tabs should be stuck on the inside). Leave one panel of the pinata unstuck (so you can fill it with goodies!).

3. Cut a 15cm length of coloured twine and tie the ends together in a knot to form a loop. When you eventually close up the pinata, trap the knot inside and leave the loop hanging out. This forms a little hanger.

4. Fill your pinata with tiny Easter eggs and confetti (or any other lightweight bits and pieces you desire!). Close and seal the pinata.

5. Cut thin strips of fringe from the pastel crepe paper and metallic streamers. Along with our pastel pink or white crepe paper we made a metallic “feature” section for something extra special and glitzy.

6. Working one at a time, cover each panel with double-sided tape and then stick on the crepe paper (or metallic streamer) fringe. Work from the bottom of each panel to the top. When you are done, trim the fringe to the edges so each panel is neat.

7. Cut extra thins trips of metallic pastel streamer and stick double-sided tape onto one side. Cut the strips into tiny confetti-like segments. Stick each little segment in amongst the fringing on each panel in a random formation.

8. Fold a small rectangular piece of pastel card in half. Trim the opposite edge to the fold into a flag shape. Use a pen to write a cute message on one side of the flag. Using double-sided tape, stick the folds together, trapping a section of the pinata hanger string in between them. And you’re done!

Make sure you check out Kit’s website to get a glimpse at all her other amazing creations!


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