Everyone, I’d like you to meet Tanya Ng from the blog The Blissful Lane. I have been a huge admirer of Tanya’s Instagram and blog for quite some time now. Her house, kids, and blog are all perfection and she is here to teach you the cutest DIY project for Summer! Tanya, take it away!
Hey Everyone! I’m Tanya! I’m an interior designer, wife, and blogger at The Blissful Lane (when I can) and a mommy to my two sweet babies, Camden (3) and Bella (1). If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love photographing our daily lives and sharing all things creative! Whenever, I get a chance to create something special for my kids, I jump right in! For their combined Hawaiian themed birthday party this year, I wanted to make some fun piñatas! I can never find piñatas that fit the color theme for my parties, so I just make them myself. Here’s an easy DIY of how I created their popsicle and ice cream cone piñatas! Enjoy!
What you need:
Tissue paper (amount varies based on size)
Thin cardboard (cereal boxes, soda boxes, etc)
Ice Cream Cone:
1. Start with the cone, so you know what size the ice cream scoops should be.
2. Cut out two triangles from cardboard. Make sure the triangles have a little bit of a straight bottom and not a point. It’s easier to lay tissue paper on. Cut out one first and then flip it around and trace it onto the next piece of cardboard so they will match up when putting the sides on.
3. Pick out your cardboard for the first ice cream scoop (the largest). Put one of the cone pieces at the bottom of the cardboard. Use this as a guide to see how big to draw the scoop of ice cream. It should be rounder than the cone itself, just like a real ice cream cone. The top of the scoop should be flat so that we can place the next scoop on top.
4. Use the largest scoop and put that at the bottom of another piece of cardboard to draw out the next scoop of ice cream. This one should be a little bit smaller. If this is your top scoop, have a rounded top, if you’re doing three scoops, it should have more of a flat top. If you’re doing three scoops, lay the middle scoop at the bottom of the next piece of cardboard and trace the top scoop with a curved top.
5. Use the skinny long pieces of cardboard (the sides of cereal boxes) to tape along the sides of all the pieces of the ice cream cone (the cones and all the scoops). I left portions that are not taped so that I can fill each piece of the ice cream cone with candy.
6. Now the fun part!! Take the color tissue paper that you will be using for the ice cream cone. I used tan and white. Since, I buy the large fat tissue paper that’s folded (per photo) I cut 4 inches off (while it’s still folded) then I start to fringe. Cut 3/4 of the way up. I wrapped it diagonal all the way up the cone front and back alternating between tan and white.
7. Wrap all three (or two) scoops of ice cream like you would gifts with any colored tissue paper. I covered the back portion of the scoops with extra paper to make it look pretty. (If you want the hole in the back of the piñata for a rope, cut two slits in the top part of the biggest scoop. Make sure you can access it in the back. I just left part of the tissue paper not taped. )
8. To add fringe pieces at bottom of the scoops, turn fringed pieces upside down and with the back facing out. Place a few inches from the bottom of the scoop and tape. Repeat with another layer underneath. When you hold the scoop upright, the fringe should flip over. Repeat for all scoops. (Using a deeper color than the scoop, gives it a fun look)
9. Party on the top! This is a bit complicated to explain but super easy! Cut out a piece of tissue paper with 5 or so layers in a rectangle shape (5” x 8”). Fold in half (if colored paper have the back side facing out) and fringe just like before but with the folded side fringed. Open the tissue paper and turn it inside out and place the sides together but at a diagonal slant and tape. Next, wrap in a circle and tape the bottom. You can gently fluff the pieces of tissue. Attach to the top scoop of the ice cream. So cute, right?!
10. Tape the largest scoop to the cone. I put rolled up packaging tape all along the bottom of the scoop and attached it to the cone and then taped the top part of the cone with the bottom part of the scoop on both the front and the back (the fringe should cover the tape). Repeat for each scoop.
11. Fill the holes with candy, tape and cover with tissue paper.
1. Lay a large piece of cardboard out (make sure you have two the same size, one for the front and one for the back.) Draw a large Popsicle by hand if you can or try and find things around the house to use. (I used my sons swimming board and a remote)
2. Cut out the shape and then lay it opposite side down onto the next piece of cardboard. This ensures that the shape is pretty close to the same when it comes to putting the sides on and will match up. Trace it and cut it out. (You can now cut two slits on the upper part of the popsicle on the back piece, if you want to hang it from the actual piñata.)
3. Cut out the skinny long pieces of the boxes (the sides) for the sides of the piñata. If you need more, just trace the sides of the boxes over larger pieces of cardboard.
4. Start taping the skinny long pieces to the sides of both popsicles. Leave a small space that you can stick candy into and tape it up later.
5. Now the fun part!! Take the color tissue paper that you will be using at the bottom of popsicles (not the stick but the popsicle). Since, I buy the large fat tissue paper that’s folded (per photo) I cut 4 inches off (while it’s still folded) then I start to fringe. Cut 3/4 of the way up.
6. Unroll the tissue and start wrapping all the way around the bottom portion of the popsicle while taping it down. Depending on the thickness of the pack of tissue paper, I will separate it to use for another row. For each row, I generally use at least 5-6 layers. This will give it dimension and thickness.
7. Repeat for the next layers. I did two layers of blue, two layers of green and the rest I did in white.
8. Make sure to leave a space open for where you’re going to put the candy. Also, if you decided to put a hole in the back for a rope, make sure you can access that.
9. Cover the popsicles stick in tissue paper, just like you would if you were wrapping a gift. I used a tan colored paper. (If you can’t find any and you’re an Anthropolgie shopper, use the tissue paper you get from there!)
10. That’s it! Now you can fill the hole with lots of candy! Tape it up and cover the hole with leftover tissue paper.
Get creative with what you can fill the piñata with. One idea: for a grown up party, fill the popsicle piñata with popsicles sticks and mark one with an x and whoever gets it, gets a gift card or a prize.
For kids, I use the cardboard tube from the inside of wrapping paper and decorate it. It’s cute and it usually ensures that the piñata will last through all the kids. No crying kids at this party!
Ice Cream Cone and Popsicle shapes
Cardboard for the sides of the piñata.
How to cut the tissue paper with fringe.
How to cut the holes for the rope.