So today I made these favors for Ella’s art inspired party. Little artist pallet pinatas, how cute! I’m not filling them with candy, but that is definitely an idea! Ella is only turning one, so we’ll save the candy for another time 😉
For this project I used:
- Poster board
- X-Acto knife (optional)
- Hole punch
- White tissue paper
- Hot glue gun
- Flour & Water
- Construction paper
- School Glue
- Paint & Paintbrush
- I began this by creating my own little stencil to trace out the pallet so they are all the same size. With poster board: cut out two pallet pieces, one long strip for the outline of the entire pallet, and one small strip to roll around the hole. These two pieces should be the same width. Tip: I used an X-Acto knife to cut a neat hole in the pallet.
- I rolled the hole piece with a pencil to get a nice smooth circle. With a glue gun: glue this piece onto one of your pallets. When dry, continue by gluing on the outline. Then glue on the top piece and secure it shut. Tip: Crinkle up a little bit of newspaper and stuff it inside before you glue the top on. This will keep your piece stiff when doing the paper mache.
- Neatly wrap your piece in paper mache. (Recipe: 2 parts water, 1 part flour) Don’t let this little thing fool you, even though it’s miniature, this part of the process will still be messy!
- Cut out tissue paper into thin strips. You will need around 20. My strips were 1 cm x 15 cm. Cut small slits to create a frilly effect, try to get as close to the edge as possible (we’re going to call these frillies because I can’t think of a more technical term) Glue these on with your school glue, keeping glue away from your frillies. Start from the bottom of the piece and stack upward. (You can trim off the sides as you go.)
- Wrap plain strips of tissue paper around the edges of your 3-D pallet.
- On construction paper, paint the colors you would like to use and hole punch them out once dry.. Glue on with school glue.
And you’re done! Once you master this small pinata, it should be just as easy to make a large one.