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« on: February 06, 2017 07:59:25 PM »

I don't know why, but I love making personalized piñatas for Valentine's day.  I have some new coworkers this year, so I decided to make bunch to bring into work to share.



They are fairly simple and cheap to make, just a little time consuming.



I purchased a few packages of 11"x14" tag board from the dollar store, and cut it into hearts using my Silhouette machine.  You need two hearts for each piñata.  You also need one tag board strip for each piñata.  The width of the strip will be the depth of your piñata.  The strip should be about two to four inches shorter than the circumference of your heart.  In the photo, my strips are folded in half, which was just to help with cutting.



Once you have all of your pieces cut, it's time to make your heart "box" piñata base.  Attach a piece of masking tape to one of the long edges of one of the strips.  Begin taping it to the heart.  Your strip should be perpendicular to the heart.



Once you tape your strip all the way around, you'll have something that looks like this:



Then, you need to attach the other heart shape to the top.  Again, it's easiest to attach the tape to the strip first and just kind of set the heart in place and push the tape down, maneuvering as you go.



Once the other heart is attached, you'll have a complete "box."





Fill with treats.



Once you've filled the piñata base with treats, it's time to seal up the hole.  I wanted mine to be easy to open, so I included a pull string.  To do that, fold a strip of tissue paper in half a few times (the folded strip should be wide and long enough to easily cover the hole).  Cut a piece of ribbon that is about twice the size of your box opening.  Glue the ribbon to one side of the folded tissue paper, leaving a tail on both ends (the tail toward to bottom point of the heart should be longer than the top tail).  Then place the tissue paper over the hole and tape in place.  The ribbon should be on the backside of the tissue when attached (so the ribbon is facing the hole).  Tape down the top tail along the curve of the heart to help make sure it stays in place.



Time to decorate!  I used a pair of "shredder" scissors to cut a bunch of strips of tissue paper.



Then I used a glue stick to attach them to the outside of the piñata base, just wrapping them around from the bottom to the top.



I also used my Silhouette to print and cut some little instructional "Pull" tabs.





I have eight more in the works.  In the end I'll have made all 16 of them for about $10, including the tag board, tissue paper, and treats (I didn't include "stash" items in that price).

Overall, a fun and high-impact project to spread some Valentine's love and cheer!
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2017 04:59:45 AM »

Who wouldn't love receiving one of these???  They rock!
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2017 06:07:21 AM »

Please be flattered by the fact that I am SO copying this. That is adorable. Thank you so much for sharing. <3 <3
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2017 06:32:19 AM »

Great tutorial. Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2017 07:31:56 AM »

These are so sweet!! I'm glad you noted the pull tab... I was thinking how awful to be expected to smash such a pretty little pinata to get the goodies inside. Great work! <3
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2017 08:05:29 AM »

Love these!!
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2017 08:54:40 AM »

These are so fantastic!  Beautiful work, and a great tutorial.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2017 09:31:14 AM »

Those are really fun, thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2017 11:26:28 AM »

These are so fun!
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2017 01:06:31 PM »

Thank you!!!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2017 02:32:14 PM »

This is SO awesome! How clever!
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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2017 11:13:52 AM »

How perfect are these?! Not only are they adorable, but economical too. Love 'em!
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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2017 07:25:00 PM »

I just love these!!

Great instructions, too!
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2017 09:35:54 AM »

Thank you, again!  You're all too sweet!  I'm glad people are enjoying the idea and tutorial!
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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2017 03:51:13 PM »

I love the people I work with, but they never make me things like this. Now I know I'm being short-changed! Grin

I especially like the use of the "shredder" scissors to do the tissue. As soon as I saw the photo, I wondered how you did that. Brilliant!

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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2017 02:04:46 PM »

These are amazing and I so totally want one of my own!!!
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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2017 10:08:16 AM »

I love these! Such a cute idea, thanks for sharing a tutorial!
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2017 07:00:52 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2017 12:01:04 PM »

I am incredibly late to the party here, and can't believe I never saw these. Such an awesome idea!
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