12.30.2011

New Year's Eve Piñata

Tomorrow night, we'll celebrate the end of another year, and I ask you what better way to do that than with a piñata?!  I've expounded upon my love of piñatas before, and the celebration of a new year felt like just the right time to make another one...
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What does one put in a New Years Eve piñata, you ask.  Well, I'll show you.

Noisemakers and beads and glasses and confetti and liquor (plastic only), of course!
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Once I had my insides, I started constructing the piñata.  I used a pack of cake boards from the baking section at Michael's, black tissue paper, and and gold (!) mylar film that I was able to track down at the party store. 
NYE Piñata
I created the diamond shape from two pyramids.  So, began with six triangles.
NYE Piñata
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I punched small holes for the top pyramid, so I'd have a convenient way to string it up.
NYE Piñata

Then, I began by taping each pyramid from the inside.
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Then, the outside.
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Before I completely combined them, I put the insides in.
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I taped it all up.
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Then, I began to wonder if the thing was too sturdy such that we'd never be able to beat those fun prizes out of there.  So I undid a little of my work to create a trap door at the top...a plan B, if you will.
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Now, the fun (but incredibly tedous) part--covering the whole thing in glitzy gold and black.  Thankfully, I picked up some shredder scissors for the Zardoz project, so this makes the fringing go about five times faster than it might otherwise.  So, yeah, I made about a gazillion strips of fringe and glued them on beginning at the bottom (4 golds for every 1 black).  To be fair, it only took about two and a half sheets of the gold and one of the black.
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Finally, I made a tassel for the bottom using long strips of the gold and black.  I gathered them, twisted them all together in the middle, looped the twisted part back around on itself to create a little eye, tied it together with twine, and hung it from the bottom of the piñata.
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...and TA-DA!
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And for giggles, here I am proudly holding it like the finest catch of the day.
NYE Piñata

Do any of you have any crafts planned to help you celebrate the new year?

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