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a year of color: diy pastel pinata

It’s time for another Year of Color link up and I have really been looking forward to seeing everyone’s pastel-hued posts!

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to share for this month, until I took some inspiration from my kiddos who have been persistently pestering me for a piñata for weeks. That, in addition to the fact that Cinco de Mayo is only a couple weeks away, led to the natural conclusion that it was about time I shared a pretty pastel piñata tutorial! Links contain affiliates, all opinions are completely my own!


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Materials needed:


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  1. Cut out your cardboard into the shape that you want. If you’re using strong or corrugated cardboard you might want to score the sides with scissors in several places to help weaken it so it won’t be too hard to break.
  2. Tape the pieces together with duct tape leaving a small opening at the top.
  3. Stick extra tape on the top to help reinforce where you’re going to poke holes to hang the piñata from.
  4. Cut strips of tissue paper. (How many you need will depend on the size of your piñata but mine was fairly large and I only used one piece of each color of tissue paper.)  Then cut fringes in the strips of tissue paper. No need to measure and be exact, you won’t be able to tell how perfect it is once you get it on your cardboard.
  5. Paint a section of cardboard with the Mod Podge (or glue) and lay your fringe-cut tissue paper strips down one at a time. I suggest starting at the bottom and working your way up.
  6. Once the entire piñata is covered trim off all the excess tissue paper that’s hanging over the side.

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And there you have it, a pretty pastel piñata that’s particularly perfect for punching.

Say that five times fast.

Seriously though, this was my first time making one and it took me about an hour and a half, and I was actually pretty surprised that it didn’t take me longer. I also might have been distracted by a show that I’m currently binge watching…

The kids had a great time and I think I will definitely be making another one in the future! It was definitely a bonus that I already had the materials to make it and I saved a trip to the store.

For May’s link up we’re using my favorite color for our inspiration. So be sure to come back on May 19th and link up all things yellow with us!


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I can’t wait to see what all of you have come up with for your pastel-inspired post. Remember that anything pastel goes–recipes, crafts, fashion, photography, anything! I know you’ve got something great, so link up and join us. Don’t forget to click around and check out some other posts as well.

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9 Responses to a year of color: diy pastel pinata

  1. Danielle April 23, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    I love how easy this is! It turned out super cute!

  2. Emily April 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    This is such a cute and easy piñata! Looks like an Easter egg!

  3. Emily Bogner April 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

    I love how colorful and simple this DIY project is! I think it’s so funny that you already had the materials laying around, that just shows how crafty you are.

  4. Keating | April 25, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    This is so cute!! I wish I was more crafty. I’ve never been good at them haha

  5. Anneli April 25, 2017 at 11:38 pm #

    I want a pinata at my birthday too, even if I’m grown up. With lots and lots of chocolate! Wonder what my friends would say… Thanks for the idea and beautiful pictures!

  6. Acasha April 27, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    So cute and creative!! Thanks for the idea!

  7. Breyona Sharpnack May 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Wow! I never knew making a pinata was that easy. It came out super cute! I hope mine looks as good when I try this lol

    • Justine @ Little Dove May 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

      It really is quite easy, I promise! Try it out and you’ll impress yourself. 🙂

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