DIY Pinata

How to Make a Pinata? – Fall is definitely in the air here at the Craft Corners headquarters in northern Alabama. It’s just about time to start thinking about outdoor parties again. And if you’re going to have a birthday party or an outdoor Spring celebration event, you might be wanting a pinata! Sure, you could visit the local corner store and buy a donkey or a star, but if you want a more personalized pinata, you can make your own in just 5 easy steps!

What you need:

  • Recycled cardboard boxes or cereal boxes
  • Colored/patterned tissue paper
  • Braided polypropylene rope
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Colored paper/scrapbook embellishments

 What to do:

  1. Depending on what image you’ll be creating, cut your cardboard into the desired size and shape. Since your goal is to transform the shape into a 3-dimensional structure, it should be made from a lighter weight board- preferably a cereal box.
  2. Tape the pieces together with masking tape to formulate the desired image.
  3. Prepare strips of vertical fringes by cutting your colored tissue paper into 2” wide strips. To make this easier, you can stack them together and make vertical cuts at about a centimeter apart.
  4. Glue your tissue fringes together by starting from bottom to top.
  5. Once you’ve got all the fringes glued to your liking, you can embellish your piñata with colored paper to enhance features such as the eyes, mouth, ears, clothing, accessories, etc.

Allow yourself lots of space for this fun and easy, DIY piñata as it gets a little messy at times. If your child has an upcoming birthday or would like to design a unique gift for his or her buddy, piñatas make the perfect gift. You can transform your designs into epic creations and with practice over time, you can create more crafty, 3 dimensional projects like butterflies or even a puffer fish piñata. Your options are limitless here! Happy crafting!

Get crafty with vinyl placemats

Vinyl has many great attributes making it an excellent material for DIY projects. It is flexible, durable, holds shape well and is inexpensive. You can purchase sheets of vinyl to craft with or you can recycle your own vinyl products.

When I think of this material, my first thought is of vinyl placemats. They come in an unlimited amount shapes, sizes and designs. Additionally they are inexpensive and extremely convenient. Because they are cheap, I often buy fun designs and colors but retire them way before their expiration date. Instead of throwing them away or shoving them in the back of your kitchen cabinets, make a fun DIY craft with them!

Unlike fabric placemats, vinyl can be easily cut with instant clean edges. Also, this material can still be easily sewn making it perfect for all sorts of crafts:

  • My first recommendation is to turn your placemat into a fun tote bag! It’s very simple. Turn your vinyl placemat horizontally, right side up, then fold in half (as you would close a book). Use pins to hold in place and sew both edges leaving the top open. Then turn inside out and attach handles which could be ribbon, rope, or fabric. Get creative!
  • Coasters are another easy, fun craft. Just cut circles out of your recycled vinyl placemat. Since vinyl is waterproof they already serve the purpose of a cup holder. If you want sturdy coasters you can cut equivalently sized circles out of cardboard or wood and glue to the bottom.
  • Vinyl can also be used as cushions for baseball games or sitting out in the grass. It is the perfect material because it’s relatively weather-proof. Get two vinyl placemats and sew together, pretty sides facing each other. Leave a small whole to turn inside out and then stuff with cotton or comparable material. Then sew up the small hole and there you go.

There are so many things you can do with vinyl so be creative and craft away!

Handmade Christmas cards

Handmade Christmas cards – The holidays are coming quickly, there still some time left for Homemade Christmas crafts and cards! When I need to make a lot of cards, I like to pick a product that makes it easier to to choose the colors and design. It helps me speed up my creative process. This year I have created a number of cards using felt embellishments created by Pebbles Inc from the Welcome Christmas line. I have three cards to share using some of these felt embellishments.

Supplies you need for your Handmade Christmas cards:  felt embellishments, white cardstock, 3-4 different sheets of patterned paper, rub-ons, favorite border punches, twine, a couple of brads and colored gems. I always have my paper trimmed, some sharp scissors handy as well as 3D foam pop dots handy.

1. Create card base (5″x4″)
2. Cut piece of white cardstock (4.5″x 1.75″)
3. Run striped patterned paper through border punch and cut down (4.5″ x 1.5″)
4. Run red and white patterned paper through border punch and cut down (4.5″x .5″)
5. Adhere paper to card base as seen in picture.
6. Apply rub-on to bulk cardstock and trim (2″ x .5″), adhere using pop dots to card.
7. Add felt embellishment.
8. Add twine, brads and gems.

1. Create card base (5″x4″)
2. Cut out a 2.5″ circle of white cardstock (you can put the circle through an embossing machine and folder for more texture).
3. Run dark green patterned paper through border punch and trim down (4.5″ x 2.5″), adhere to card base.
4. Run striped patterned paper through border punch and trim down (4.5″ x 1″), adhere to card base over dark green.
5. Run twine across the top of the patterned paper and attach.
6. Wrap twine around the circle and adhere circle to the card using pop dots.
7. Apply rub-on to cardstock and trim (2″ x .5″).
8. Adhere felt to circle and adhere sentiment under felt embellishment.

1. Create card base (5″x4″)
2. Cut out white cardstock base (4.5″x 2.75″) and run through embossing machine for added texture.
3. Cut out a strip of red and white patterned paper (4.5″ x .25″ ).
4. Run striped patterned paper through border punch and trim (4.5″ x .5″)
5. Adhere white and patterned paper to card base.
6. Cut out 3 squares of white cardstock (1.5″ x 1.5″) and adhere to card using pop dots.
7. Apply rub-on to cardstock and trim (2″ x .5″).
8. Adhere felt embellishment, sentiment and gems to card.

Many thanks to Craft Corners for the invitation to post. Please do stop by my personal blog to see more of my cards and other creations ( You can always email me from there if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping in!

About the author:

Sarah Webb lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband and two kids. She works full time in health. Creating with paper is one of her favorite ways to relax and have fun in the evening after the kids are in bed (she doesn’t watch TV!). She initially started out scrapbooking, but discovered in the last year or so, that cards are just as enjoyable. She has been very lucky to work with the Pebbles Inc design team over the last year and a half. Her creative journey has been fun!

Easy DIY Cat House

Une tente pour chat.

With the famous cat tree, sleeping corner is one of the accessories the most important for your faithful companion pets. The concern is that between the old plastic doghouse and the old fashioned cat basket, there is not a lot of choices to find a nice house for cat. This is a much more original for cat House for your sweet cat.

Build a hut for cat is super easy to do and is really cheap! The cat tent requires little material and its realization does not take more than 15 minutes. Shelter cat is important, it allows your cat to take refuge in it to hide when he wants to be quiet and feel safe.

House for cat – Material:

You’ll need:

  • a cat
  • a t-shirt
  • a piece of cardboard 35 x 35 cm
  • two hangers (like those in the image)
  • tape
  • Safety pins
  • something to cut the hangers and help you to fold (for example a large pair of pliers)
  • a cushion for cat or blanket (optional)

House for cat – tutorial:

The tent structure for cat – cut the hangers:

Cut both ends wavy.

Structure of the House of the cat – shaping of hangers:

Shape the hangers so that they look like the above. Try to smooth them out evenly. The goal is that the two curves go gracefully from one corner to the other of your piece of cardboard.

You can also strengthen the cardboard with tape. Attach tape around the edges for more stability. What is really needed if you use a piece of cardboard with an inside fold.

The ground of the shelter for cat – drill a hole in each corner:

You can use the tip of the hanger to make the holes in each corner.

Make sure your holes are less than 1/2″ on each side and they are not too large.

Assembly of the structure – paste two hangers together:

Cross the two hangers together in their environment and make sure that all ends touch the surface on which you are working. Glue them together so that they do not move.

Push the ends into the holes you made in the corners of your cardboard.

Niche cat – finishes:

Bend the ends and glue

Fold each end of at least 1″ below the cardboard so that it lies against the bottom of the carton. Glue the ends flat on the cardboard. Make sure it is stuck so that the ends don’t cling to the T-shirt when you shoot!

Check that everything is aligned

Cat – cat tent accessories

At this point, you can bend the wire so that it is perfectly put together. You can use the pliers if you need to recover a little structure.

Create the tent to chat – place the t-shirt:

Pull the shirt on the structure of the cabin and position it so that the neck hole is on the front middle of the structure and the bottom of the T-shirt is penny structure, at the level of the cardboard.

Return all so that the bottom is facing you and the hole facing up.

Fold the excess of the T-shirt and tighten until the neck hole is tight on the structure. Keep all with safety pins. Then place the sleeves and tighten well. Pins – the.

As you can see in the last image, the T-shirt should be pretty tight on the structure. The choice of not to cut too many T-shirt and pin it allows to remove it more easily.

Your cabin is ready for your cat!

Don’t forget to install inside the tent of your kitten with love. A small cover if it’s not too hot or a soft cushion for a perfect cat sleeps (or even a warm jumper). To give interest to your cat, feel free to place a few treats or small toys for the cat in the cat shelters. You can add grass to chat or even a scratching post for cat cardboard so that he’s having fun.

What’s great with this bed for cat, it’s that it washes out easily. But if you prefer, spray a little pest control when your cat get fleas. This tent is suitable for dog and cat (small dog).

As you can see, the cabin for cat was quickly adopted, a small good siesta and it is left for the adventure!