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DIY Recycled 10-minute Mini Piñata

DIY Recycled 10-minute Mini Piñata

Flashes of genius happen at the strangest times.  Like when you are shredding documents.  And then emptying the shredder.  And you think, “this shredded paper is so cool, what could we make out of it??”  How about a Piñata?  A mini piñata that won’t take much time to make.  A recycled earth-friendly piñata.  Sounds good to me, I say to myself.

First of all, I collected all the kids’ field trip forms that are always sitting around cluttering up my counter….they are usually printed on brightly colored paper….perfect for a cinco de mayo type piñata.  I mentioned that I had already emptied the shredder, so then my daughter had a fun time feeding in all the colored paper that I had decided to recycle.  Now empty the shredder again…denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñata


I’d be happy to just have the shreds sitting around in a jar to decorate….not everyone’s idea of glamorous decor….denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñataFind some little boxes to use, and some tape and something to hang the thing with…like string or ribbon…we found a box from icing colors, so even the box looked colorful….denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñataNow would be a good time to fill the box with candy….if you want to!!  Then knot a length of string and secure it in the corner of the box, then fold the flaps down to hold the string in place and tape it all closed.  Can you see the loop of string coming out of the corner?denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñataCover one side of the box with glue, plain old white school glue…denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñata

Grab a small handful of the shredded paper and start sticking it on!  Don’t be a perfectionist!denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñataGlue paper on another side,  doesn’t really matter what order you do the sides in!denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñataMy 6 year old daughter and I each made one…denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñatadenna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñataSeriously, it took about 10 minutes to make one of these little guys!denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñata

Now hang it up!!  And add a little tissue paper tail….denna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñatadenna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñatadenna's ideas: how to make a recycled mini piñata(I “boosted” the color in these photos…I wish I had kitchen walls this lovely papaya shade of burning orange!)

Mayo Fiesta Birds


May is almost here!!  We just had 2 days of blowing snow…and finally this afternoon the sun burst out and is turning the snow to puddles.

Today I started thinking about May, since it begins tomorrow.  In many countries of the world, tomorrow, May 1st is a holiday, but not here!!  On the weekend there is el 5 de Mayo, which is another holiday also not around here!  I’m late for holidays this year….but I did make some festive cookies today…kind of for May fiestas, but mostly for Lilaloa’s cookie challenge!!

The challenge is to think outside the box….or outside the cookie cutter shape!  There is a diamond ring cookie cutter that is popular for engagement cookies, and Georganne over at Lilaloa has challenged everyone to make something different than a diamond ring, using that cutter.  I confess that I have been thinking about it for a week (or more!) but just haven’t had the umph! to make anything, until today…inspired by the sunlight and the festiveness of May….I made some parrots.  (I also happen to have been thinking that a parrot would be the perfect pet for our household.  Years ago we had a green parrot and he had such a fun personality!!  Ok, ok, lots of feathers everywhere….but he was my little baby….anyways…)

Here’s the blank cookie shape….see that big diamond ring?denna's ideas: mayo fiesta fondant bird cookies

I saw parrots.  My kids saw swimming fish and little people in hoodies.  I was going to try and make everyone’s vision….but….well, maybe I should let them decorate their own cookies this afternoon…denna's ideas: mayo fiesta fondant bird cookies

denna's ideas: mayo fiesta fondant bird cookies denna's ideas: mayo fiesta fondant bird cookies denna's ideas: mayo fiesta fondant bird cookiesI’m liking the “1960’s filter” on these photos!  The lighting is so awful in my house….I have to try and edit to try and get near the cookies’ original colors… I know I complain a lot about the lighting…really I’m just not a great photographer and never use Manual 🙂

Get ready to have a great May!!

Cinco de Mayo party stuff and giveaway!

Cinco de Mayo party stuff and giveaway!

I feel like doing a giveaway today!!  The First Person who comments on this post and can tell me why the Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo) was important for Mexico, will win…….a fun digital Fiesta poster with their photo on it (made by me! I will send you the file, good for printing out for a poster, scrapbook page, or using as a profile pic, etc.)  I really want to know the answer to this question….and I want to make a Cinco de Mayo and/or fiesta page for someone!

Now for some more festive colors…my brain has been filled with them and my printer has been spitting them out…now my table’s covered in them!

Hola hola, aqui hay mas cosas para tu fiesta del Cinco de Mayo.  Here are some more ideas and printables for your Cinco de Mayo party or any old fiesta that you are having!!  They are all made with the printable download at the end of this post.

First, an invite for your fiesta!  I printed out the front and back of the card as 4×6 photos, then they can be glued together to make an easy invite.  The front:And here’s the back, easy to fill out with a permanent marker, The paper rosettes and paper dolls are made from the download I posted yesterday!

Oh, here’s a preview of the pages that are included in the download for today (you can print off as many of each page as you like, or only one page of the package, whatever you like):Now for some cutting and punching!!  You can use scissors for all the designs, or punches.  I used a 2 and a half inch circle for the large circle toppers, and also a small scallop punch for some.  Smaller circle punches also will work well.  I used the scallop circle to punch out the round Cinco de Mayo ones…Keep on cutting!  (or get the kids to do it)  The cactus is from yesterday’s printable download!When you cut out the Mexican flag, leave a white edge beside the green to use as a flap for gluing/taping it onto a skewer or toothpick (or stir stick or whatever!)Now for some decorating!  All these printables are great for decorating a festive table.

Here’s an idea for a table centerpiece.  My nice husband brought me home some cinco de mayo fiesta flowers (I love the crazy colors!)…along with large bags of avocados and limes.  I “happened” to have an Ikea glass vase/bowl on hand, so I put a small glass of water inside it, then piled limes around the edges inside the large vase….then added the flowers.  It won’t last long, as I need to get the limes in the fridge, but it’s good for today & tomorrow.Now to “party” it up a bit.All of a sudden, I remembered the only “living plant” in my house… a dusty cactus that lives on the piano…so I grabbed it for more decorating inspiration:A cut-out paper moustache seemed like the right touch.  I just love the fake moustache craze that’s on right now!  Or how about this idea?:I started off the morning by consuming largish quantities of chocolate/caramel cracker candy (see recipe at the end of this post).  This seems to have given me some decorating brainwaves.  I remembered a random package of black pipe-cleaners that I found in the basement the other day.  Inspiration struck me, like this one:I used 2 pipe-cleaners per glass, and just wrapped one around the stem of the glass, and fold the ends in.  Then add the other piece on top, twisting it around the first piece a bit so it holds, then curling the ends up and giving them a trim:Added a Cinco de Mayo paper tag and !Salud!  I filled my glass with ice tea and glugged it down (after taking 25 photos of it):You can also add a stir-stick with a flag and slice of lime (got lots of those!)Hmmm…what’s left?  Oh yes, the “toppers”.  They could be used on cupcakes (some of them anyways), but I decided to stick them in other more seemingly Mexican foods…And here’s my future guacamol dip (that’s how they say it in Guatemala, without the “e” at the end, and without the “dip” it’s just gwa-ka-mowl, no eh!)

Agh!  Those avocadoes are so hard and green, they’ll never ripen!! I have a few sitting in the oven, wrapped in ShoppersDrugMart flyers….we’ll see what that does to them…

Here’s another cracker-candy inspiration…using limes to poke things into.  Poke a hole with a knife first, then insert the toothpick with cactus taped to end.  It seemed like a cute decoration idea at the time…also since I don’t actually have any food cooked or even thought of yet…it might be chimichangas from Costco again tonite!et voila!  We have reached the end…and I’m feeling woozy…is it the short night I had, or because I had to retype this post so many times!  For some reason it kept not saving and losing all my work.  Oh wait, maybe I’m feeling woozy from a cracker candy sugar rush letdown.  Oh well, anyways, you have made it to the end of this long long post and here is what you’ve been waiting for…the download.  This is for the Free Fiesta party printables used in this post. (I hope it works! heh heh)

Click right here for the download.  And for more printables, check out my last couple of posts in case you missed them!