Here are the photos of how my pinata themed Christmas tree came to be! I was inspired to make this happen back in June and have been working on it a few nights each week since then. I decided to make 30 mini pinatas consisting 10 each of donkeys, unicorns, and cacti.
I found the donkey and unicorn template by searching online and made the cactus one myself. I printed the templates, traced 60 front and back shapes, then cut them all out. This caused a lot of stress on the scissors! I also cut out connecting strips about an inch wide. Then, I hot glued all the pieces together. There was soon an army hogging up the living room floor.
I was having trouble gluing the cacti, so I added some masking tape around the points that were difficult to glue. For added security, I used tissue paper and white paint to cover the "seams" on all the pinatas before base painting them all white.
I used the unicorn template I found online to make the horns. Originally they were feathery, but in the end I glued them all down. Once the base painting was complete, I tissue papered the unicorns first. I made them all white, and added color with the manes and horns.
The donkeys were a little more complicated. I tissue papered their feet in blue and green, then the connector strip. After that I work up the sides, trying to match the connector strip when possible. These ones definitely took the most time!
I ordered maribou feather boa to use as the unicorn manes. I was originally going to order more colors, but my budget was too small. Cutting the boa left feathers all over my room, and even though I cleaned them up as much as possible, I'm still finding them around the apartment!
I was feeling a little lazier by the time I got to the cacti. I painted them all green before adding the tissue paper so I didn't have to paper the connector strip. Below are the best photos of each style of mini pinata ornament. I made hangers out of ribbon and hot glued them to the balancing point of each ornament.
This project took six months to complete, but it was worth the effort in the end! I added colored string lights and bulb ornaments matching the colors of the tissue paper and my apartment had a cute little tree for the holidays.
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!