Over the holiday break, I found myself on an upcycling spree, of sorts, making and crafting new things to test out and try for the latest book Upcycled Celebrations. There were some doozies and successes and this one I think could be the beginning of a successful idea for the book.
I rummaged my supply closet for old boxes and shipping tubes to see if I could fashion a pinata together. Traditionally, making a pinata can be very messy: you need to layer wet newspaper together smothered in white glues, let it dry, cover it with paint or tissue paper, fill it with candy, and somehow get it to look nice and hang from a tree. In this project, you don’t need any of that mess at all.
In fact, once the boxes were assembled and filled with candy, you just tape the whole shape together using regular old painter’s tape.
It doesn’t look pretty now, but that’s not the point: you want the components to be as secure as possible, so tape tape tape away.
I decided to use a combination of silver duct tape and this wonderful aluminum plumbing tape from the hardware store. The mix of silver textures works to create a robot feel and look.
And 20 minutes later, you’ve got a pinata. It’s durable and strong, too, meaning kids can beat it with a stick as hard as they want and it won’t burst open the first whack around.
And they can help decorate it using black electrical tape or office supply stickers, too.