While it might be stating the obvious, nothing quite says “Valentine’s Day” like that classic heart shape. To give the official mascot of this frilly, love-filled holiday its 15 minutes of fame, we set out to create an armload of DIY mini heart piñatas — one for each of our guests at a pre-holiday Saturday soirée. They were the perfect little DIY way to share the love this Valentine’s day!
Written + produced by Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY
- Kraft paper cut into 2″ x 1″ strips
- Heart shaped stencil (we used a cookie cutter)
- Masking tape
- Craft glue
- Tissue paper
Using your stencil and pen, trace the heart shape onto cardboard, and then cut the shapes out carefully with a pair of scissors. You’ll need two heart shapes for each piñata you want to make.
Grab your kraft paper strips and make slices with the scissors on both ends, about half an inch in all the way down the length of the paper.
To create your piñata shape, crease the slices and use the masking tape to attach it to the edges of two of your cardboard heart shapes. The cuts you made earlier to the kraft paper will make wrapping those tight corners much easier.
If you want to add candy or pretty baubles to the inside of your piñata, do so before you close it up entirely!
Next, cut the tissue paper into a handful of strips, each about 4″ long and 1.5″ tall. Snip into them every half-inch or so to create the look of tassels, then use the craft glue to layer them onto the entire surface of the piñata. Trim the edges with your scissors.
We finished our piñatas with a bit of gray and white baker’s twine, and then placed one at each of our guests’ place settings as favors. Now these hearts are definitely worth breaking!