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Simple Strawberry Pinata {DIY}

Pinatas are always a “HIT” at parties!! Why buy one when you can make one yourself that is cuter & practically FREE! Check out this simple technique that can be used for any shape piñata.

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A couple of years ago I went to my friend’s daughter’s 1st birthday party. She had the cutest little Number 1 piñata covered with light pink tissue frills. I LOVED it. I admired how cute it was and how it didn’t look like a generic store bought piñata. So of course I asked, “Where did you buy this?” She said, “I just made it.” WHAT???…MADE A PINATA? I didn’t know that was possible. This opened my eyes to the world of DIY piñatas. Since then I have made every piñata for my kids birthday parties and a couple of other parties that I have hosted.

There are a LOT of benefits to making your own piñata: it’s practically free (most of the supplies need you probably have on hand), they look so much cuter than store bought pinatas, everyone will be impressed with your work (hopefully) & your KIDS will love it too! Making your own piñata does take a lot of time but it is WORTH it. If you plan ahead, you can break the process up into a couple of days!

{This is for a Strawberry Shaped Pinata but the main technique can be used for any piñata: cardboard box, duck tape, tissue paper, glue, wire hanging}

Supplies needed: cardboard box/boxes, pen, scissors, box cutter, glue (any kind), duck tape, & tissue paper!

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  1. Find a comfy place!! Then, open your cardboard box flat & cut out the main shape of the strawberry. Use that cut out to make the back of the strawberry.

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2. Cut strips for lining sides to the desired thickness of your piñata. I like to use the box flaps if at all possible & then I cut those in half, about 2″ wide. Next, bend the sides so that it will line up easier with the shape of the strawberry (this makes taping the front & back of the strawberry together much easier).

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DSC_0047 DSC_0048 3. Start taping the sides to the front of the strawberry, pulling the tape very firmly when attaching. Repeat this all the way around leaving a space untaped for the candy slot. Add enough tape to make sure it feels very secure, especially on the bottom since that is supporting the weight of the candy. Do the same with the back of the strawberry.

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4. Cut a few small strips of tissue paper (a few inches across) for the bottom of the strawberry & fringe them. Glue them, in layers, from the bottom of the side to the top of the side so the fringes layer on top of each other. You will only need do a few layers to cover the rounded bottom & then move to the front of the strawberry.

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5. Use longer fringe strips for the front of the strawberry (try to cut them long enough to hang over the sides). Glue in layers working from the bottom and working your way up, only placing glue on the front of the strawberry.

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6. Turn the piñata over to work on the back of the strawberry and the lining sides. Glue the sides and then cut tissue strips long enough to fill up the rest of the cardboard showing on the back of the strawberry. I always try my best to tuck the new tissue stripes under the tissue strips that are on the sides to make it all flow together well.

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7. Once the back of the strawberry is complete, move to the top of the strawberry. Just continue adding fringed layers until it is filled. I like to layer from the left to the very middle, then from the right to the very middle so that fringes are coming from both sides to the middle of the strawberry.

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8. Next, cut a zig-zag shape for the “leaf” part of the strawberry. Then, cut that in half and tape it to a cardboard strip (bend it so it has a rounded shaped to it to fit on the top pf the strawberry). Cut green tissue paper in small strips, fringe & begin gluing all over the leaf. This piece will look very uneven but will all come together once it is completely covered in tissue paper. Glue the leaf piece to the top of the red strawberry (use the duck tape too if needed).

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DSC_009210. Use another cardboard strip for the stem, roll it up & tape it to stay in place. Layer the fringed, green tissue paper all around the stem and attach it with tape and/or glue to the top of the strawberry. Fill in any gaps around the stem & make sure to cover any tape that is showing.

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11. Cut out seeds for the front and back of the strawberry, glue them on & you’re done!!!

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DSC_0137 DSC_0139 DSC_014012. TIP: This is the BEST technique that I have found with hanging the piñata! I don’t do anything to it until it is ready to get HIT!! You will need: thin hobby wire (steel or copper), wire cutters, sharp scissors & rope. Poke scissors through the front & back the strawberry where you want it to hang (I used the side because of the larger green top on this pinata). Cut a piece of wire & poke it through the holes & wrap it together at the ends. String your rope through & you’re ready to go!

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I hope you enjoyed this simple DIY piñata. Use this technique for any shape piñata you want to create (cardboard, duck tape, tissue paper, glue, wire hanging). It will turn out much cuter than store bought pinatas & cost you practically NOTHING out of pocket! Have Fun!!

Also, check out my watermelon themed party post with a watermelon piñata that turned out AWESOME. This was my favorite DIY piñata so far!

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