Make a Baseball Pinata

Baseball Pinata – Pinatas are always a blast to have at any party, giving you a fun activity that all ages enjoy. Simple and inexpensive, the pinata is an easy way to really make your party special and with the spring time coming up, it is the perfect time to throw an outdoor event. Finding a store that sells pinatas can be difficult but fortunately for you, making a pinata is a relatively uncomplicated project. Check out this quick how-to to make your very own baseball pinata.

Materials:

–          Balloon

–          Flour

–          Water

–          Mixing bowl

–          Paper (construction & newspaper)

–          Baseball bat tape

–          Metallic gold marker

–          Cardboard

Instructions:

1. Inflate the balloon to size you want your piñata to be and tape any cardboard or construction paper shapes to the sides.

2. Mix one part flour and two parts water in a bowl until it becomes paste.

3. Using strips of torn paper that are dipped into the paste, cover your piñata.

4. Repeat Step 3 at least two more times using a different type of paper (ie. newspaper, construction paper, etc.), each time ensuring the piñata is dry before the next layer is applied.

5. Allow the piñata to dry until it is no longer sticky or wet to the touch and is hard and dry.

6. Once the piñata is done, use the baseball bat tape in red and white to decorate the outside, and use your metallic gold marker to decorate or write “happy birthday” on the ball.

Now all you have to do is pop the balloon on the inside to fill with candy and/or other treats and enjoy!

How to Make a 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!