DIY Easter Pinata: Prepare For a Smashing Easter Holiday!
Easter is almost upon us now, and if there are any little ones in your home, they’re bound to be getting excited about the chocolate treats that are on the way! At Create and Craft we love any excuse to get the kids crafting – so when we saw Helen Kirkham’s fantastic Easter Pinata Chick we simply LOVED it! This adorable DIY pinata will provide plenty of fun – first when they make it… and then again when they smash it to get their hands on all the yummy treats inside! It’s an easy make, even for little hands, and would make a fantastic addition to your Easter Sunday family gathering. Plus, once you’ve learnt how to make this gorgeous Easter pinata, you can remake it time and time again, modifying the design to suit a whole host of occasions!
- Tattered Lace essential mini triangles die
- Tattered Lace essential circles die
- PVA glue
- Pinflair bookbinding glue
- Pinflair gel glue
- White poster paint
- Yellow poster paint
- Yellow crepe paper
- Lynda Chapman’s white, yellow and brown card
- Paste on wiggle eyes
- Brown paper
- Paper plate
- Hole punch
Make a paste using 1 part water, 3 parts PVA glue.
Blow up the balloon.
Cut the newspaper into strips 4cm in width, cover each side of the strips in the paste, and stick to the balloon. Continue this process until the balloon is covered, but leave an uncovered hole where the balloon knot is. Allow the paste to completely dry, and repeat with 2 more layers.
If the piñata will be hit by older children or adults, you may wish to do 4 or 5 layers, for added strength!
Paint the dried newspaper with white paint as a base.
Place the balloon in a bowl during decorating, to help with stability.
Paint over the dried white paint with yellow paint, to create the body of the chick.
Cut the yellow crepe paper into strips 5 cm in width, and cut slits all along one edge, stopping at the centre, to create a feathered look. Use the bookbinding glue to stick the strips to the body of the chick starting from the bottom, and layering up towards the hole at the top.
Cut two circles of white card using the essential circle die no.7 (5.9 cm). Glue the wiggle eyes to the white circles, and glue to the body of the chick to create the eyes. Use bookbinding glue for a secure stick!
Cut two triangles of brown card using the essential mini triangle die no.7 (9cm x 7.8cm). Score each of the triangles down the centre, and 1 cm along the bottom. Glue the two triangles to the body of the chick using bookbinding glue, one on top of the other, to create the beak.
Draw around your hand twice on yellow card, and cut these out. Use bookbinding glue to stick the yellow hands to either side of the chick, with the fingers facing backwards and the thumbs pointing upwards, to create the wings.
Cut the middle out of the paper plate, cut thin strips from the brown paper, and stick these around the edge of the plate to create a nest.
Gently cut the knot off the balloon, and remove all the pieces.
If the body caves in a little when you cut the balloon, just use a ruler to push it gently back out.
Cut a circle out of white card using the essential circle die (15cm), cut a line in to the centre, and then glue one side on top of the other to create a shallow cone. When the glue has dried, cut around the edge to create a broken eggshell effect.
Glue the paper plate nest to the base of the chick using the Pinflair gel glue.
Punch one hole either side of the chick’s body, near the hole.
Punch one hole either side of the egg shell.
Lift the eggshell up and fill the piñata with chocolate, sweets or prizes for the winner!