One of the most important lessons I have learned since having a child is that a party really isn’t a party unless you have 2 things: 1. balloons and 2. a piñata! These days, piñatas aren’t only for kid’s parties, you can now find a sophisticated piñata DIY project used for everything from chic DIY wedding decorations to inspiration for DIY home decor. Piñata-inspired projects such as this fringe photo backdrop add a festive touch to parties and events.
Even the earliest known piñatas, which were created in China, had their roots in traditional ceremonies. Hollow figures of animals such as cows and buffalos were adorned in brightly colored paper (which was also developed in China) which signified different holidays. The figures were filled with seeds, a symbol of prosperity and productive harvests. It is also reported that piñatas originated with the native peoples of Mexico where clay vessels were created and filled with offerings that would spill to the ground when the piñata was broken. No matter where the piñata originated, it served the same purpose of being a centerpiece of a celebration–a tradition that continues to this day! Piñatas in basic shapes and cartoon characters can be found at big box and craft stores, but who wants basic when you can create something a little more festive and personal for your celebration.
Piñata Basics: Create a piñata for your next party, wedding, shower, or any other special event by following one of these simple tutorials. The basic structure of these piñatas can be created with up cycled supplies like cardboard boxes, paper bags, cereal boxes, and paper cups which makes them not only a fun project, but also a budget-friendly one as well!
Piñata DIY Projects
Now that you have learned the basics of piñata making, it’s time to take it up a notch. Piñatas can be created in any shape, size, color, or theme, so you are only limited by your own imagination! Try making a cake-shaped piñata for your next birthday party, add some sparkle to your wedding decor with a gold heart piñata, or create a unique photo prop like this moon piñata. Here are some more ideas for inspiration:
Piñata-Inspired Paper Crafts
Keep the party going with these piñata-inspired crafts! Add a little fringe and fun to your next paper crafting project.
What will you fill your piñata with?
I started scrapping in 2006 and was quickly addicted!I was an avid scrapper until late summer of 2010 when we started our adoption journey, at that point I was overwhelmed with paperwork (and emotions!) and I had to put something on the back burner in my life but I knew I would eventually come back to it.
We welcomed our daughter home from China in December of 2011 and a few months later I found my groove again and pulled out all of those supplies that had been tucked away.
I started out scrapping again doing traditional layouts, but at the beginning of this year I jumped into Project Life and I love it!
When I’m not scrapping I am usually spending time with our daughters which means library time, going on walks, thrifting (they love it as much as I do!) or watching Kung Fu Panda for the millionth time.I also have an Etsy shop Panda Eight Designs where I sell scrapbooking flair that I design.
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