I have to have a piñata at this year’s Cinco De Mayo celebration–I can’t help myself. If you feel the same way, this Cinco de Mayo pinata garland is for you!
The most exciting thing about these little piñatas is they double as a festive party garland AND a party favor. At the end of the night, simply cut down your garland and pass out your piñatas for your guests to take home. And (bonus) they’re the simplest piñatas you will ever make.
You will need: paper cups, tissue paper, standard hole punch, hammer, small nail, string, 2 inch circle cardstock or heavy paper, glue, individually wrapped candies
Directions: To start, take a paper cup and gently poke two holes at the top with the hammer and nail. Loop some string through the holes and tie. This little loop of string is how you will string your piñata into a garland. Next, turn your cup over and stuff it with candy. Take a 2 inch circle of cardstock and punch two holes in it. Tie string through the holes of the cardstock circle, and leave a foot or two of string. Place the cardstock circle on top of the candy in the cup. Then, take a 5×5 inch square of tissue paper. Punch a hole in the middle. Place the tissue paper over the top of the cup. String the long foot or two of string through the tissue paper hole. Glue the edges of the tissue paper down around the paper cup. Once the piñata is stuffed, covered, and dried, decorate the outside of the paper cup with tissue circles, fringe, and squares.
Repeat until you have made all the piñatas you need! Turn the piñatas over and hang up by stringing them onto a string. To break open the piñata, all you need to do is to pull the string hanging out of the tissue paper. You might run into the same problem I find at my house, though. Once I have a piñata hanging up, it isn’t very long before I have excited little children begging me to let them pull the string!
Photography, design + styling by Sara Schmutz.
When you think of Cinco de Mayo, you think of fabulous food, lively colors, and lots and lots of garlands! Today a cupcake garland (and tomorrow an adorable piñata garland). Everyone loves a cupcake, but everyone loves a cupcake even more when it has something festive on top.
You will need: wooden dowels or caramel apple sticks, string, tissue paper, scissors, 2 inch circle punch
Prep Work: Cut out a variety of simple shapes such as circles, squares, and small rectangle fringe. Stick one wooden stick into each cupcake. It is easier if your cupcakes are already arranged. Tie some string from one stick to the other. Fold your shapes in half, and string them along the string as you would clothes on a clothesline. Make your miniature garland more secure by gluing the tissue paper shapes onto the string, or you can leave them and hope they don’t fall off too often.
This garland was inspired by simple shapes and is easy to recreate. You don’t have to use cupcakes, these Cinco de Mayo cupcake decorations can easily dress up other festive food platters.
Photography, design + styling by Sara Schmutz.
Make your baby shower extra special with these adorable baby shower favor pins that guests can wear at the party and then take home. It’s a great way to reveal the baby’s gender too – package ‘em up and mail them out to friends and family. Or use these DIY medallions as gift toppers for the expectant mom-to-be at the shower.
You will need: cookie cutters, polymer clay, rolling pin, awl (or other object that can be used for carving), pin backs, craft or super glue
Directions: Roll polymer clay into a ball to warm it up and make it easier to roll out with a rolling pin. Roll out the clay into a thin slab about 1/4 inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter to create the base, along with two small, long strips of clay. Attach the two strips to the back of the circle by scoring the back and pressing down lightly. Flip back over and set aside. Next, roll out another piece of clay in a contrasting color to the same 1/4 inch thickness and use cookie cutter animals to create the piece that will lay on top of the clay ribbon base. Lightly score the back of the animal that you cut out and attach it to the front of the ribbon base. Bake in the over according to instructions. Once completely cool, flip the entire piece over and glue on a pin back using craft or super glue. Wait for the glue to completely dry before using.
Photography, design + styling by Brittni Mehlhoff.
Add these DIY baby shower drink stirrers to your signature beverage for an extra pop of color and cuteness. Choose a shade to match your theme or reveal the gender with pink or blue. And when the party is over, pop the clay trinket off of the stirrer and you have a tiny keepsake from the day.
You will need: cookie cutters, polymer clay, rolling pin, awl or other object that can be used for carving, stir sticks, craft glue
Directions: Roll out a medium sized piece of clay into a thin slab about 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out different shapes and then carve any details with an awl or clay carving tool. Bake in the oven according to instructions and let cool. Add a small bead of glue to the back of the clay shapes and attach stir sticks. Let the glue dry completely for several hours or according to manufacture instructions and then pop the finished stir sticks into drinks at the shower.
Photography, design and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff.