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Making a Piñata - Part 1: Cardboard Shell

· Creativity,Posted by Kirsten

For Trevor's 12th birthday, he wanted to make a piñata based on his own design. We looked at various YouTube videos and decided to make one with a cardboard shell to minimize the amount of paper mache required.

 

We found a box of approximately the right size and with cardboard that wasn't too thick. The first step was to cut it up into its sides.

For Trevor's 12th birthday, he wanted to make a piñata based on his own design. We looked at various YouTube videos and decided to make one with a cardboard shell to minimize the amount of paper mache required.

Trevor's piñata design involved rounded corners, so we created a template of the desired corner radius.

He traced the on the four corners of both large side pieces.

Then he cut the corners to create two symmetrical sides with even rounded corners.

Next, he gently bent one of the edges to allow for it to match the curve of the side.

Once both ends of the edge were bent, he taped it loosely to one of the sides. Since the ultimate goal is for a piñata to fall apart and spill its contents, you don't want to tape too securely. So, Trevor used just enough tape so that the sides will hold together.

He did the same for the second edge piece and taped it on as well.

The next step was cutting a flap so that we could eventually put candy in (which was the whole reason why were doing this project, right?!)

Trevor then taped the side with the flap on to both edges.

For the top and bottom, he gently bent the pieces and measured how long the piece needed to be.

Lastly, he taped the top and bottom sides on to create the cardboard shell for a piñata.

Then we were ready for Part 2: Paper Mache

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