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« on: August 28, 2019 08:43:02 AM »



My nearby library branch started an evening craft night once a month over the summer, and my first opportunity to go was a tiny pinata night! They have all the supplies available, a basic set of instructions, and some volunteers who have already tried the projects. Then you just sit around chatting and crafting, and it's lovely!

Here's the table all set out for us to choose our patterns and supplies, and then the items that I selected. I went with a green and cream theme (I didn't end up using the gold in the picture; the final pinata seemed small enough I didn't want to overwhelm it with color changes).




We made the pinata bases out of recycled cardboard boxes; mine started life as a rice crispy treat package! Wink After tracing mirror images of the pattern I chose, I cut a bunch of tiny masking tape bits and some long strips of softer cardboard and began taping it in a "wall" around the edge of the shape outline.





Once I finished taping the first side all the way around, I laid the other flat piece along the outline "wall" and taped it down, as well. Now he looks like a little donkey! The result was surprisingly sturdy.





I chose the donkey shape because, as a child, I fell in love with a tiny donkey pinata at our local HEB (Texas grocery store chain) that was part of a Cinco de Mayo display. I would visit him every time we went to the store, and at the end of the display period, I sweet-talked my way into getting to take that pinata home! He's still hanging in my room at my parents' house (not where I live, but I visit often). I named him Carrots, after a little donkey from a PBS kids' show in the late 80's.

To make his pinata outfit, I wrapped several inches of crepe paper around my hand, pulled it off, and cut the resulting tube in half along the width. Then I put both halves on top of each other for faster cutting, and snipped fridge all along the length. Then, using white school glue and a tongue depressor for spreading, I began wrapping and gluing the fridge all around him. I did his legs individually, then wrapped his body, then his head all the way to his ears. For his back and the very top of his ears, I cut short widths of fridge and glued them down like overlapping roof shingles.



And here is the circle of happy donkeys that we all made, as well as the original demo-donkey (who was apparently many years old!). Grin



Me with Baby Carrots the Mini-Pinata (to show scale, yes, but also the unbridled glee this tiny thing inspires in me)!



And finally, Baby Carrots in his new home, where he apparently perfectly matches a painting I did for my Grandmother! I wasn't thinking of this when I picked his colors, but it is a happy accident. Wink



Overall, I thought this was a well-selected craft for adults to complete in the 2-hour block allotted. Kids could easily do it, too, but it would take longer, and probably require some help with the fringe wrapping steps. Overall, I had a wonderful time making him, and I'm absolutely tickled pink with the final result. Cheesy I highly recommend these!
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019 07:52:16 AM »

So freakin' cute!
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2019 08:05:30 AM »

I must make one! He is so darn cute!
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2019 05:30:01 PM »

Its adorable! Thanks for showing the in-progress shots, as well as the other participants creations. Sounds like it was a lot of fun!
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2019 08:40:39 AM »

So freakin' cute!

Thank you! *giggles* It's true. I am so surprisingly pleased with how this worked out, and it makes me smile every time I walk by and see him sitting on my shelf.

I must make one! He is so darn cute!

Thanks! Yes, do it! It's not hard at all, just a little fiddly, and you can always make different animals as you like. Just Google simple line art, and have at it. And don't forget to show us!

What a fun project - one stylish pinata!

Thank you! He is definitely enjoying the attention he gets around the house. Wink

Its adorable! Thanks for showing the in-progress shots, as well as the other participants creations. Sounds like it was a lot of fun!

Thank you! And yes, absolutely. It was a great project, and I loved how everyone approached it a little differently, and had different levels of crafting confidence, but in the end, everyone's little pinata was adorable and unique. I always enjoy looking at project pictures, so I try when I can! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2019 06:40:54 PM »

Ack! So cute!
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2019 09:56:22 AM »

 Grin Thank you, TheMistressT. *snicker* That's still my basic reaction whenever I walk by him.
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2019 05:27:51 AM »

I just love mini pinatas. Carrots is a wonderful name for your creation.

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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2019 12:10:30 PM »

Too cute! I think that maybe having these as Christmas ornaments would be fun to make and see!
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2019 01:27:16 PM »

I just love mini pinatas. Carrots is a wonderful name for your creation.

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Thank you, Lucy! He's full of sweet childhood associations. Smiley

Too cute! I think that maybe having these as Christmas ornaments would be fun to make and see!

Thanks! You're so right. Never thought about it, but they would be a good size for Christmas ornaments. It would be easy to glue a ribbon loop on for hanging, or you could use a long needle (like for assembling plush dolls) to sew up through the bottom, make a loop, and then come back down and finish off with a tassel or some cute beads.

We'll see if I have the energy to turn out another one before Christmas. You never know! Grin
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