DIY Christmas Trailer Pinata

DIY Christmas Trailer Pinata

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Pinatas were always a must at parties and gatherings throughout my childhood. I mean who doesn’t love the ability to hit something with a stick to get some free candy?! This holiday I decided to liven up our family dinner with a fun Christmas Pinata! I love my vintage trailer, so I decided to replicate it and add a little Christmas Tree up top.

In the end, this project was actually pretty cheap. For the based of the pinata I use a project board with a white colored side. With the white, it gives it a cleaner look when you are laying your crepe paper fringe onto the pinata. I was also able to find a pre-made paper mache Christmas Tree that I can use for the pinata tree with this project. I also picked up masking tape, crepe paper streamers, Plant wire, glue, and felt. The masking tape will be used to secure your pieces together. The crepe paper streamers will be the colored fringe you will be layering. The plant wire will be used to secure the Christmas tree onto the top of the trailer and to be hung. The glue will be used to secure your crepe paper fringe and the felt will be used for creating the tires, door frame and windows.

1. Poster Board/ Project Board, 2. Paper Mache Tree, 3. Glue, 4. Colored Crepe Paper Party Streamers, 5. Masking Tape, 6. Plant Wire/Thin Galvanized Steel

1. Poster Board/ Project Board, 2. Paper Mache Tree, 3. Glue, 4. Colored Crepe Paper Party Streamers, 5. Masking Tape, 6. Plant Wire/Thin Galvanized Steel

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First, you are going to want to start stenciling out your design. Start of by drawing one side of your creation. For example, I drew only one side of trailer. Then I cut that out and used it again to stencil out the opposite side for an exact replica. You are going to want to make sure that you turn the first piece over for a mirror like image. After you have cut out your two pieces, you will need to measure all sides, the base and the roof. With those measurements you are going to want to make sure you cut out the roofing and base. Now you have all pieces ready. Make sure you start taping them together. This will be with the masking tape. Test out the pinata’s stability and if there is a need for more tape, don’t be shy!

Next you are going to prep your crepe paper fringe. Make this fringe in segments. I roll up a few layers of the crepe paper. Then cut the crepe streamers bout half way up the streamers and about a 1/4 inch apart from each cut to create a fringe effect. Then you are going to start gluing that fringe from bottom to the top. If you have two colors at a time just rotate back and forth. Make sure to cover all sides…sometimes it’s easy to forget the base. Before you cover the roofing portion, make sure to cut out a half square insert for the candy. Then you finish that cut, make sure to fully cover that with fringe to make the opening discrete. Then add your fringe covered Christmas tree to the top of the trailer by poking two holes on the top of the trailer and sliding that plant wire inside. Then leave enough slack for the tree to go into and then secure it by twisting together the ends that are sticking inside of the trailer. That is where your candy hole comes in handy. You can then further secure the tree with your hot glue gun. You can loop some more wire into the wire hooked around the tree that can be used with rope if you want to have a fun game of “hit the pinata!”

Then make sure you cut out a couple of tires, hubcaps, door frames and window frames for the trailer. It doesn’t need to be perfect, so no stencil will be needed. Then glue those pieces onto your trailer with the hot glue gun. Once you place those onto the trailer you are done! Presto! Now just fill it with tasty treats and you are set for that holiday party.


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