Moon Pinata DIY

This moon pinata can work two ways. Of course, you can hang fill it with candy but you can also just use it as a decoration. This technique of making a pinata (instead of paper mache) goes so quick and has a lot less mess. When I’m making a pinata like this I usually add the fringe while I’m watching a movie. It’s mindless work but is really relaxing. (See all of our pinata series right here.)

Credits and our Talented Contributors:
All photography by Kate Nicholson for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Ashley Rose Kirschling
Styling and Crafting by Chloe Fleury
Assisted by Anais Profit
And thank you to Lauren for modeling!

Spider Pinata DIY

I love pinatas and  hadn’t made one in a while so it was really fun to make this big spider pinata. I love how the crepe paper makes it look so creepy and hairy. We added the googley eyes to make him look a little more friendly. You have to make this guy a few days ahead of your event because the paper mache process needs a few days to dry. See full instructions and photos right here.

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Mini Piñatas DIY

Yea! It’s a piñata day! We miss Mexican food here in Paris since it isn’t as readily available as back home so we started having Taco Tuesdays where my friend Rubi makes amazing homemade tacos. Last night we got together and I made everyone their own personalized mini piñatas. There was one at each person’s plate filled with treats and surprises. You just open the flap on the bottom to remove the treats. So fun!

Materials Needed: Cereal boxes, scissors, exacto knife, crepe paper in folds, tape, glue

Step One: Draw a picture of the donkey on a cereal box and cut it out with scissors. You need one for the front and one for the back of each pinata. Then cut out long strips from the cereal box about 1.5″ thick. Tape the front and the back together with the strip. (See more detailed instructions here.)

Step Two: Once your armature is built its time to decorate. Cut off the end of the crepe paper fold and cut on one side to create the fringe. Add lines of glue starting at the bottom. Then glue on the fringe, wrapping it around the pinata until its all covered.

Step Three: When you are done cut a trap door at the bottom to fill with treats like small candies, gifts, party poppers, and confetti. Guests can choose to use the little door or can take it apart anyway they like to get the goods.

I loved making these! They were ridiculously fun to work on. Next time I’ll make the ears separate but I started making them late at night so I didn’t think of it until the next day when they were close to done. I also experimented with tails but I thought it looked better sans tail so I left it as is.

You can find the other piñatas in my piñata series right here.

All photos by Oh Happy Day

How to Make a Golden Alligator Pinata

I have a really fun pinata tutorial to share today. This is the second in the Oh Happy Day pinata series (the first is right here.) This golden alligator was really fun to make and I love it so much I want to keep it forever. It took me two short evenings to make it but really it went pretty quick and cutting fringe for me is kind of therapeutic at this point since I make it so much. DIY directions below!

Materials: Metallic Gold Crepe paper in folds. White and Pink crepe paper for the mouth and teeth (I like to buy it here.) Large cardboard box, exacto knife, cutting mat, glue, packing tape, scissors.

Step 1. Layer two layers of cardboard over a cutting mat. Draw an alligator. Cut it out with an exacto knife then cut out long 4″ wide strips to connect the two pieces.

Step 2. Using strong tape connect the alligator shape to the 4″ wide strip. Fold and crease the strip where you need to for the shape of the alligator. (If this is just for children this will be strong enough. If you are making it for adults you should add 2-3 layers of strips of paper and Elmer’s glue to reinforce it.)

Step 3: To decorate your alligator make one sided fringey garlands (which means you follow these directions but only shred one side of the strip instead of both. ) Then starting at the bottom of the alligator lay down a line of glue.

Step 4. Apply the one sided fringe to the glue.

Step 5. Before getting too far on the fringe stop to make some teeth. To make the teeth take a 5″ square piece of crepe paper and fold it in half diagonally, corner to corner.

Step 6. Then fold it in half diagonally again corner to corner.

Step 7. Apply glue in the seam of the “pirate hat” and press it together to dry.

Step 8. I think the teeth look cute stuffed like a pillow so get scrap paper and stick it inside so its round.

Step 9. Fold the tooth so there is a little flap to secure the glue to. Apply the teeth to the top and the bottom of the mouth. It’s important you do this before you do the rest of the fringe so the crepe paper can cover the seams at the base of the teeth. Finish covering the rest of the alligator with fringe.

Step 10. When you get to a place where you can’t add more strips make a special piece that is “folded” at the top. You want to fold it specifically for where you are going to place it. This will cover any bare spots of fringe. Add glue.

Step 11. And then place the special strip so it covers any extra cardboard.

Step 12. Fill in the mouth with a second color of fringe (I used pink) and make some black eyeballs with crepe paper and a Sharpie. Put them on the top of the alligators head.

How to Make a Number Pinata

I’m starting a new series on Oh Happy Day on how to make different pinatas! Today’s pinata DIY is how to make a number pinata, though this could easily be a letter if you wanted to spell out a (short) message. This was a very fun project to do! Pinatas are so great and you really don’t have to wait for a party to make one. I love the idea of giving someone a pinata and filling it with their favorite things. But be careful, these pinatas are so pretty its tempting not to break them and just let them hang pretty in the corner. DIY instructions below.

Materials needed: Cardboard, Exacto, Pen, Ruler, Tape, Crepe Paper, Glue

1. Making the structure. Stack two pieces of cardboard together. Draw your number and then cut through the two layers of cardboard at the same time. (Be sure to put some layers below them so your floor doesn’t get cut too! Our pinatas were about 20″ tall.

2. Cut strips of cardboard for the edging. Our strips were about 4″ thick.

3. Taking the strips tape together the top and the bottom piece on the seam. Reinforce it on the top and also on the inside.

4. When you get to an edge just make a crease in the cardboard so it bends easily. Making the structures is really easy and took about 20 minutes. These held together well after getting beaten with a stick but if I was making this for adults I would reinforce it with another layer or two of paper and glue. (Just apply glue to strips of paper and wrap the structures to give it extra support.)

5. Decorating takes longer especially if you are doing a design. Take the crepe paper and make some fringey garland. (I explain in detail how to do that here.) First cut a strip of crepe paper about 3″ thick.

6. Cut each side of the strip into little pieces of fringe.

7. Unravel it and fold it in half so it is ready to glue.

8. I made a zigzag design and a scallop design for these two numbers. To maintain the design I drew lines on the number depending on how far apart I wanted the zigzags or scallops and then used that as a guide as I laid down the fringe.

9. Start at the bottom and draw the design in glue. Take the fringe and put down a layer.

10. Repeat adding glue and then another layer of fringe on top until your design is done. This part takes a while so best to put on some Friday Night Lights in the background since its a little mindless (and definitely goes quicker with a helper.) It’s nice because the fringe looks messy so it is really forgiving if you lay something down kind of crooked.

11. Cut a section at the top too add candy and then repair with paper, glue crepe paper. To hang cut two holes at the top and thread string through.