Friday, April 26, 2013



Now it’s time for a little entertainment!  Call me cheap but, I didn’t want to spend money on a piƱata.  I guess it’s safe to say that I had some extra time on my hands. These little guys are a product of my desire to save a buck, fill some time, and provide a little  excitement for my upcoming fiesta!  They look adorable and were cheap because I had all the things on hand.  I always have paper bags in the pantry and I continually have left over pieces of tissue paper hanging out in my wrapping supplies.  These are the times that my semi-hording tendencies come in handy.  I am filled beyond measure when I find myself using something that I have saved.  I am a bit of a pack rat…and I am not even ashamed! 
 I made tiny pinatas mostly because I think they are cute however, small pinatas solve my problem of crying children.  They all seem to want to be the one who busts that pinata open.  This way, they all get a wack at their ownNot only have I intended these pinata's to be entertainment, they are also doubling as decorations.  Bright colored ribbon helps these tiny pinatas look extra festive as they hang in the treesThey were a delight to make and went together easily.  Next time I make these, I might even let the kids help.  I think they would like to decorate their own pinata.  
The sacks were filled with candy and small toys and then tied closed with bakers twine.  Once closed, I used both tissue paper and wrapping paper to decorate the outside of the new pinata sacks.  I did this by cutting the paper into strips 3 inches wide and then cutting each long strip into a fringe. 

Once I had the fringe made, I simply hot glued it in overlapping layers onto the paper sacks.  Easy, peasy!  What made these little guys super cute was bits of brightly colored ribbon and simple tissue paper flowersTo add a little variety, I hung some of the sacks upright and several of them upside down.  In order to add strength to the sacks that were hung upside down, I glued twine to the sack and then reinforced it by gluing a small piece of paper sack over the top of it. 

I was a little worried that the pinatas that hung upside down would not be very strong.  I loaded those bags up and (they even had a bottle of bubbles in them)they held up fantastically.  Honestly, these took a little time but, I enjoyed it tremendously that I didn't have to buy a pinata.I would absolutely do these again!  I suppose the easiest way to do a pinata is to pick one up at the store.  But, if you are looking for a project or save a few bucks this works great! 
The kids were so excited when they saw the pinatas hanging in the trees.  There were immediate yells of excitement and claims to who got what pinata. They  were so happy with just the looks of the pinata,  I'm sure they didn't even care about the cheap toys and candy inside!   That means success!
 This is a bit selfish but, I 'm feeling a little bit of anxiety about watching my fresh little pinatas be bludgeoned to pieces by wide eyed, candy hungry little peeps.  Oh, this end they were created!!!  

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