As you know, we LOVE a piñata here at Party Pieces so we’re thrilled to be able to bring you this marvellous extract from Kitiya Palaskas’s new book, Piñata Party. Perfect for the festive season, this Crescent Moon piñata makes a super-stylish decoration and party game.
You will need:
- Moon & Stars Piñata template
- 1 sheet screenboard (card stock): 76 x 102 cm (30 x 40 in), 620 gsm
- 1 small sheet glitter card
- Long strip of screenboard for side panel: 10 x 198 cm (4 x 78 in)
- Hole punch
- Masking tape
- Scoring tool
- Cord for hanging
- Treats for filling
- 3 Packets of silver crepe paper
- Double-sided tape
- Hot-glue gun
- Access to a photocopier
- Using a photocopier, enlarge the moon template by 830 per cent. Following step 1 of ‘Basic Piñata Construction’ (below), transfer the template onto the screenboard and cut out two moon shapes. Using a photocopier, enlarge the star by 830 per cent. Transfer the template onto the glitter card and cut out two star shapes.
- Following the ‘basic piñata construction’ instructions below, assemble the piñata using the two moon shapes and the side panel strip. Attach the hanging cord. Fill the piñata with treats and seal.
- Following the ‘making the piñata fringe’ & ‘covering the piñata’ instructions below, create fringe for the moon piñata using silver crepe paper. Apply double-sided tape to the entire piñata and cover it with fringe.
- Use the hot-glue gun to attach a glitter star onto the front and back faces of the moon.
Basic Piñata Construction
- Use a photocopier to enlarge and print the template to size. Cut out your template and trace around it onto the screenboard. You’ll need to trace two templates: one for the front and one for the back panels of your piñata. In all the projects I’ll refer to this step as ‘transferring the template onto screenboard’. Cut out the two shapes.
- Cut a long strip of screenboard, 10 cm (4 in) wide. The length of this strip will vary depending on the project (I’ll let you know how long each time). This strip will form the side panel of your piñata. Sometimes you’ll need an extra long strip, so you will have to stick two pieces of screenboard together.
- Place the front and back panels together, then use a hole punch or screwdriver to punch a hole through both panels, near the top of the shape. You’ll use these holes for attaching the hanging cord.
- To stick the side panel (the long strip of card) to the first panel (either the front or back), start at the top of the shape and, with the side strip flush along the panel edge, attach the two using short strips of masking tape at regular intervals.
- There will be occasions where the piñata shapes have corners or indents. It’s important to make sure the side panel strip folds neatly around or into these areas to get a perfect piñata shape. While you are sticking your side edge to the first panel, affix it all the way up to the corner or indent, then flip the piñata onto the side edge, so the strip is flat on the table. Then, use a ruler and the scoring tool to score a line across the side panel strip at the exact position of the corner or indent. Fold the strip so it wraps around the piñata snugly.
- To create a hole for the piñata fillings, you’ll need to leave a gap in the side panel. In each project I’ll give you an indication of how long your side panel strips need to be, which will account for this gap, but if you’re filling your piñata with larger pieces of candy or trinkets, you’ll need to trim any excess side panel that’s in the way. Make sure the hole is always at the top of the piñata.
- Thread a length of cord through the holes. Tie off the cord inside the piñata to conceal the knot. You will need to do this before you stick the second panel on.
- Complete the piñata construction by sticking the second panel on in the same way you affixed the first one. Once this is done, fill your piñata with treats, then seal the hole with a few layers of masking tape. If you want the piñata to be extra secure, you could even cut a rectangular piece of card that fits over the candy hole and stick that on with masking tape.
- For extra durability, reinforce the outer edges of the piñata with a long strip of masking tape. You might want to do this twice if you’re filling the piñata with heavy stuff so it doesn’t break prematurely, because that would be a total vibe kill.
Making the piñata fringe
- To create fringe for your piñata, cut a segment from the folded crepe paper packet, about 3 cm (11/4 in) wide.
- Take the folded segment and find the middle. Insert your scissors into the middle and cut up the fold line, leaving about 1 cm (1/2 in) uncut at the top. Repeat this step on the other end of the segment. Close up the segment so it’s flat again.
- Make cuts all the way along the length of the segment, on the same side as your first two cuts. Space each cut about 5 mm (1/4 in) apart, leaving the same 1 cm (1/2 in) uncut along the top of the strip. Once you’ve done this, ruffle the cut edge to separate the individual crepe paper sheets, as they can fuse together when you’re cutting them into multiple layers. Gently unfold each layer to reveal your fringe.
Covering the piñata
Decorating the piñata is my favourite part of the process, because it brings the project together and makes everything look lush and perfect. If your piñata looks like a hot mess after you’ve slapped masking tape all over it, don’t sweat it! The piñata fringe will hide all your sins.
- Affix double-sided tape onto the front and back faces of the piñata, from top to bottom, spacing the lines of tape about 2 cm (3/4 in) apart. In the same way, affix double-sided tape across the side edge panel, all the way around the piñata, 2 cm (3/4 in) apart. To avoid the fringe falling down on the underside or base of your piñata, affix the strips of tape closer together, or even flush against each other, so the fringe has more to stick to.
- Starting on the front and back panels, attach the crepe paper fringe in rows, working from bottom to top, attaching the fringe perpendicular to the rows of tape. To achieve a flatter, more minimal look, overlap each row by 2 cm (3/4 in). For a fuller coverage, overlap each row by 3 cm (11/4 in). Don’t worry if your rows get a bit wonky; it will add character.
- After you’ve covered one panel, trim the fringe to fit the curve of the piñata. You might need to clean your scissors with eucalyptus oil on a cloth, as they can get clogged up with residue from the double-sided tape.
- Attach the fringe around the side panel, then trim to fit the piñata curve.
- For some projects, you’ll need to cut out decorative details from coloured card. Attach them to the piñata using a hot-glue gun.
Piñata Party by Kitiya Palaskas (Hardie Grant, £10) Photography © Mark Lobo