I’ve already made a plethora of piñata for wrapping TheMisterT’s milestone birthday gifts, but I also wanted to make a plethora of mini piñatas as party favors for the guests at the official celebration later this spring. Of course, I’ve been calling them “miñatas”!
There are 15 of the “basic” models with the cool guy bear and cool guy shark “medallions” on them and two “special” models with special cool guy bear and cool guy shark medallions and some other details for TheMisterT and one of his best dudes whose actual birthday is the day of the party.
Mostly theirs are special because the pinatas contain the koozies I made and these guys are getting special koozies so I wanted to be able to tell which was which.
They’re built on paper coffee cups. I am trying to keep a bit of a color story of grey and silver, because old guy hair (if they have it) and through in what and black, because I already had those colors of crepe streamers and the contrast is nice.
Grey twine for hanging, even though they probably won’t hang it just seems like they wouldn’t be pinatas with it! Cut a little slice in the bottom of the top cup, tied a knot and taped it down.
Coiled the loop and taped it down to keep it out of the way while I was gluing and gluing and gluing.
Used masking tape to tape two cups together, then covered that with a layer of black crepe.
Then I started layering on the crepe that I’d fringe cut from the center out: black, silver, white, grey. These are all attached using white craft glue.
I did a little half-width, double layer fringe on the top and bottom in silver.
Next I fluffed all the fringes!
Then hot glue to attach the medallions after I pressed the fringes out of he way a bit.
The practice one was… ugly. Redoing it gave me the chance to test how easily these open (since there will be no bashing-with-a-stick). They take a little effort, but are pretty easy to break open at the center seam. Easy for most adults, I think, but strong enough to withstand the road trip. YEY!
Once I got a rhythm they weren’t too-too laborious, but having these scissors really helped!