Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a busy weekend … but a fun one! Owen’s fourth birthday party was on Saturday. We planned to have a casual party at the park by the lake, however the weather changed that plan. With thunderstorms and lots of rain, we decided to move the party indoors to our house. It turned out just fine and most importantly … Owen had a great time!
About a week ago, Owen decided he wanted a superhero themed party. Nothing like last minute, but we did manage to add a couple ‘superhero’ touches to the party. I’ll share more of the details of the party in a couple days, but one the last minute projects we made fore the party was this DIY Paper Bag Pinata:
This also happens to be the third week of our fun summer series called Think Outside The Toy Box.
Think Outside The Toy Box is a collaboration with five other bloggers and myself to try to come up with NEW and CREATIVE ways to use household items (that aren’t traditionally thought of as toys). This week’s theme was Paper Grocery Bags. Perfect timing for our Paper Bag Pinata, right?!?
It’s a super cheap alternative to buying a pre-made pinata … and you can customize the look to match your theme! You also have the opportunity to fill it with exactly what you’d like (we didn’t get too creative there, though … just a 5lb bag of candy).
Here’s how easy it is …
- Paper Grocery bag (or two if you want it extra challenging)
- Streamers in the color(s) of your choice
- Sewing machine
- Craft Glue
- A sturdy hanger
- Duct tape or packing tape.
- Use one bag if you want the pinata to be more easily broken open (we used two, and it was quite difficult to break … even for Matt).
- In each corner, cut a slit approximately 2″ long.
- Along the sides, remove the top of the bag inside these slits as shown above.
- Fill with candy or items of your choice.
- Grab hanger, and fold one side of paper bag over the hanger. Secure with duct tape (or packing tape).
- Next, fold the other side over the hanger and secure to the outside of bag with duct tape.
- Next, create the decorations for the pinata. I created a ‘Happy Birthday, Owen!” graphic in picmonkey and printed it onto cardstock.
- I then ruffled a paper streamer using my sewing machine. To create ruffles, set machine to the tightest tension and longest stitch (a basting stitch). Simply run your streamer through the machine, stitching near one edge. These settings should cause the streamer to ruffle automatically. SUPER EASY!!
- Next, I glued the streamer onto the back of the cardstock.
- Flipped over …
- Now … onto the bag. You could decorate the bag a number of ways, but I choose to use ruffled streamers in various colors. I simply ruffled one color long enough to wrap all the way around the bag (all four sides).
- I learned half way through that it is much easier to start at the bottom of the bag. Glue one row in place. Then add the next ruffle above the previous ruffle covering the top and the stitches of this previous ruffle.
- Once the ruffles are in place, glue on the graphic.
Next … hang your pinata and start swinging!!
We actually completely forgot about the pinata at the actual party. Instead, we broke it out just after the party with just Owen’s cousins from Iowa (Charlie happened to be napping through the whole thing).
We tied it up with Molly’s leash (very classy, I know)and started swinging …
And Jadalyn’s turn …
And Ashlyn …
And after a solid 10 minutes of no progress …
And finally … JACKPOT!
Now … instead of 20+ kids to share the 5 lbs with as planned, the three split it instead. Yikes! They did have a fun time, though!
I’ll be sharing some other details of the party later this week! Right now, we’re still trying to rest up from the busy weekend!
Here’s your turn!
What fun crafts, experiments, or games have you done using a paper grocery bag? Link ’em up here, and share in the fun!
Now .. stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series and see what they came up with this week:
Up next Monday … Kool Aid! And here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer. We’d just love for you to join in the fun and link up some good ideas each week!
May 26 – Glow Sticks (Checkout our Glow Stick Lightning Bugs) June 2 – Plastic Soda Bottles (Checkout our Glitter and Glue Timeout Bottles) June 9 – Paper Grocery Bags
June 16 – Kool-Aid
June 23 – Ice Cream Cones
June 30 – Pool Noodles
July 7 – Wax Paper
July 14 – Puzzle Pieces
July 21 – Paper Cups
July 28 – Plastic Milk Jugs
Thanks so much for stopping by today!