Monday, April 23, 2012

adventures in pinata making for Cinco de Mayo


the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday had me thinking that I needed to run to the store and purchase a party supplies to celebrate the occasion. when unable to find exactly the type I was looking for, I realized that this could be the perfect excuse to get a little messy with some basic crafting supplies to try a new project that’s been on my “techniques to try” project list for quite some time--a piñata--paper-mache style.
for the longest time, I had this idea in my head that making a decent looking piñata would be too overwhelming, too time-consuming, and just a waste of my time.
you see, I have this double-personality when it comes to making stuff. I’m very much a tackle something head-on and jump in with both feet first kind of girl (you know, the fly by the seat of my pants type) but, I’m also a little bit (okay, a lot bit) plagued by this thing called ‘fear of failure’. I was definitely gifted with an extreme type-A personality. so while this project has been on my list of things to do someday, it was one that didn’t get priority over something a little less intimidating.
that ‘ole upcoming holiday whispered a little louder in my ear this time saying “pick me!”  boy, am I glad I did, because now I’m laughing at myself over how ridiculous it was for me to be as intimidated by something as simple as making a piñata. seriously, who would have thought it would be so easy?
while it isn’t difficult it is rather time consuming.  procrastinators who wait until the day before something is needed need not attempt piñata making, as you need to give yourself a whole week from start to finish, mostly due to the necessary drying time needed between layers.
I show you how, from start to finish, in my latest Fiskars tutorial. you can find all the nitty gritty details here: Cinco de Mayo Pinata by Tania Willis
if you decide to tackle one of your own, be sure to email a picture or leave a link to your blog showing me your finish pinata. i'd love to see it!

1 comment:

  1. I just clicked over to your tutorial - impressive! Your pinata turned out so fun and colorful, although I have to be honest and say I don't have the patience to make one.
    As long as my kids will let us go out for Mexican food on cinco de mayo, I'm good to go. ;)

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