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You Used to Call Me on My Cell Phone

Remember when cell phones were this big? We’re partnering with Verizon Premium Retailer, Cellular Sales today to make a hotline bling piñata.

DIY Cell Phone Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

A vintage cell phone piñata! It’s a throw back to days when moms were stuck carrying these bricks around in their purses. Your kids may not understand how far we’ve come in the last 20 years, but they’ll still love breaking this piñata apart!

If you’re planning to get new cell phones for your family this holiday season, this would also be a fun way to surprise them. (The mylar fringe would look so pretty under a Christmas tree!) And if you need help choosing the right cell phone for your kids, Verizon Premium Retailer, Cellular Sales makes shopping super easy. Their sales team is totally focused on customer satisfaction so your experience is sure to be awesome. You can book an appointment via phone (866-784-1267) in advance so you don’t waste time waiting in line at the store. Make sure you visit their website: for exclusive holiday offers!!

DIY Cell Phone Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY Cell Phone Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY Cell Phone Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY Cell Phone Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Cardboard, tape, paper mache, metallic gold mylar paper, hot glue, gold spray paint, poster mailing tube, x-acto knife or box cutter

Step 1: Lookup images of old cell phones on Google. Use this as a guide to make the base of the piñata. Draw and cut out the sides of the cellphone out of cardboard.
Step 2: From the leftover cardboard cut out a long piece, 12″ wide. (It has to be long enough to go around the entire cell phone.)
Step 3: Tape this long cardboard strip alongside both of the cell phone sides.
Step 4: Paper mache the entire piñata and let it dry.
Step 5: Cut out strips of fringe from the mylar paper.
Step 6: Hot glue the strips of fringe around the back and the sides of the pinata.
Step 7: Use gold spray paint to paint the front of the pinata and the poster tube.
Step 8: When the piñata has dried, trace a circle around the post tube on top of the piñata. Cut it out with an x-acto knife or box cutter.
Step 9: Insert the poster tube in the hole and glue it in place.
Step 10: Print out buttons for the front of the piñata and glue them to the front.

DIY Cell Phone Piñata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY Cell Phone Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY Cell Phone Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

This post is sponsored by Cellular Sales.

Crafting by Andrea Ramirez
Thanks to little A & E for modeling! 

  1. Sarah

    December 1, 2015

    Long time reader and admirer but wanted to let you know that this post felt a little disingenuous. The section with the phone number, appointment info and “make sure you visit” with the url doesn’t sound like your brand voice. Maybe having said that only in small print at the bottom of the post after the craft could have kept the focus on the party dyi. I know it’s hard to strike the right balance and most of the time you guys do a great job. Keep up the good work and daily inspiration!

      • Christine
      • December 1, 2015


      • S.
      • December 1, 2015

      I understand where you’re coming from, but let’s remember that Oh Happy Day! is a FREE blog for readers, and they need funding to come from somewhere, “on brand” or not. I totally recognize the need for sponsored posts and I’m happy to wade through them to have the ability to have easy, free access to a blog that I enjoy so much. (Not trying to hate on ya, but don’t hate on OHD, either!)

      • I made a similar comment on the IG for this, which was deleted (I went to see if she responded and it was gone). I get it. But I hope that Jordan + team are at least hearing these comments so that an excess of sponsored content doesn’t drive longtime readers away as it did me. I wish them the best of luck.

  2. Michelle

    December 1, 2015

    That is such a cute idea!

  3. Paige

    December 1, 2015

    These pictures are too cute! It’s funny that our kids will never have any clue as to how big phones really used to be.


  4. Sarah W

    December 1, 2015

    I have an old barbie phone from when I was a kid that is the old fashioned type of phone from the 50’s or 60’s. When my daughter (2) saw it, she asked what it was and I said it was a telephone. She asked what a telephone is, and I said, “A phone”. So she said, “Oh, and iPhone!” Too funny! Love the title!

  5. Claire

    December 1, 2015

    My Mum actually had one of those BIG phones back in the early 90’s (in Australia) – almost as big as your piñata (probably about the same weight!) People thought it was weird and that they would never “take off”. Well, should have kept that big paperweight – probably worth a collector’s fortune now 🙂 Claire |

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