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How To Make A Pinata

How To Make A Pinata At Home

Looking for a fun project to make at home for Cinco de Mayo?  The girls and I decided to make a pinata at home for the first time and had a blast.

How To Make Pinata

How To Make A Pinata At Home

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own festive pinata at home:

  1. balloon
  2. newspaper
  3. 1 cup flour & 2 cups water mixed together for paste
  4. scissors
  5. kite string
  6. crepe paper to decorate
  7. glue
  8. candy

Here is a step-by-step tutorial:


Step 1:  Lay down some newspaper because it’s going to be messy!  Then tear some of the newspaper into strips.

how to make a pinata

tear newspaper into strips


Step 2:  Blow up a balloon

pinata tutorial

blow up balloon


Step 3:  Dip newspaper strips into paste an layer onto balloon leaving 3-inches open around the tip of balloon.  You’ll want to have at least 3 or 4 layers, and there’s no need to allow each layer to dry individually- just pile it on!

dip newspaper strips into paste and layer onto balloon


Step 4:  Allow balloon to dry overnight.  You can use a medium-size bowl to prop your balloon up.

this is what your pinata should look like drying overnight


Step 5:  Once paper is dry, pop the balloon and pull it out.

pop the balloon


Step 6:  It’s time to decorate!  Using crepe paper and glue, create any design on your pinata.

time to decorate


use scissors on crepe paper to create fringe


7.  Fill the bottom of the pinata with crumpled crepe paper to help with better distribution of candy

crumpled crepe paper allows for better distribution of candy


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

How To Make Pinata

time for candy!

For dinner ideas this Cinco de Mayo visit:

cinco de mayo recipes




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Chalkboard Paint Jars

In my Snack Organizing project, I talked about how storing our snacks where they’re organized and in one place saves us time and money.  I used glass jars- 2 large and 2 small for this project to create my own home snack store.

Here’s a quick tutorial.

Chalkboard Paint Jars Tutorial


  1. Glass Jars with lids-  (found at Target or here on our online store)
  2. Masking Painter’s Tape
  3. Chalkboard Paint- (found at Michael’s)


Step 1:  Use tape to mask off jar leaving a rectangular opening in the middle.  To prevent paint from seeping through the tape, create several overlapping layers.

DIY Chalkboard Pain jars tutorial

mask off jar leaving rectangular opening


To take the pressure off creating the perfect rectangle, I tore the inside side of the tape to create a “jagged” look.

tear the inside-side of the tape to create a "jagged" look


2.  Spray opening with chalkboard paint.  You can do more than one coat, as desired for best results.

spray opening with chalkboard paint


3.  Remove tape after paint has dried completely.

home organizing snacks

Chalkboard Paint Jars- perfect for the Spilsbury Snack Shop!


For more chalkboard paint DIY ideas, visit my Pinterest board:

Chalkboard Paint Ideas For The Home Pinterest Board


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The Lorax Truffula Tree

How To Make A ‘The Lorax’ Truffula Tree

Centerpiece, Party Table or Party Decoration…. the Lorax Truffula Tree is the perfect focal point for any Seuss party. I made them for my daughters birthday party last year and they were a big hit!

Here is how you make a Truffula Tree made from colored cellophane paper.

Seuss Lorax Trufulla Tree

Squares of cellophane paper are pinned from the center into a styrofoam ball secured at the top of a stick from a square styrofoam base. You could use any sort of stick but a broom handle or pvc pipe work well. Wrap the stick with ribbon, wrapping paper, or paint it the grey and brown stripes like the ones in the story. A branch found in nature would give it some great character too!

The base is a square styrofoam piece placed in a plain box covered with gift wrapping paper. You may want to weigh it down with a few rocks placed inside the box. Cellophane is used too make the grass.

What’s great about this tree is that candy can be secured to sticks and stuck in the grass or tree to make it look like Truffula Fruit.

How To Throw A “The Lorax” Party

For more Seuss-inspired party inspiration, visit How To Throw A Lorax Party:

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How To Throw A 'The Lorax' Themed Party


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