My sister has been throwing a fabulous Valentines party for her girlfriends annually for several years. They all gather together with great food and exchange handmade Valentines. Every year Stephanie out does herself with creative Valentines to hand out and this year was no exception. In fact I loved her Valentine pinata’s so much I asked her to share a how-to. All photos and the step by steps are Stephanies.
This year Stephanie was inspired by a pull pinata from the blog a subtle revelry. Stephanie is known for her brilliant animal illustrations which she uses on some of her cards for Paper Bandit Press so she went with an animal theme. The results are adorable and easy to recreate!
Supplies: large sheets of thick white paper or a roll (if you can see through it then you will need to double up), black craft paint, mason line (the hot pink nylon string, it comes in multiple colors, you can buy it at Lowes).
Filler: You can use anything you want but Stephanie used: Skinny popcorn, socks, Lindt truffles, gumballs, American Crafts Valentine garland, confetti, Canellitas, fortune cookie eraser with a fortune. You can find most of it at Target! But anything light works, and you can customize it for your recipient.
1. Choose an animal and sketch it out on the white paper. Make it big enough to hold whatever you want to put inside with a few inches around it.
2. Paint in the sketch. Using a basic brush and craft paint. If an animal seems to hard then go for something simple like a heart!
3. It’s easier to paperclip your pieces of paper together for the front and the back and cut them out at the same time.
4. Then punch holes going around the edge. They need to be close enough that your smallest item won’t fall out.
5. Then thread the string though, easy lacing up and down. Leave the bottom unlaced and fill the pinata with your filling choices then finish lacing it.
6. Tie a large knot at the end and then leave the string hanging a few feet.
7. Add a tag, Stephanie wrote ” bursting with love for you” on one side and on the other side it says “give me a tug”. When the person pulls it, it will tear open and all the fillings will fall out!
We hope you love this as much as we do! Thanks so much Stephanie for sharing your talents with us!
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