Mini Fruit Piñata: How-To

Designer: Alexis Middleton

These miniature watermelon, pineapple, and strawberry piñata ornaments are actually foam balls covered with crepe paper.


Materials:

  • Foam balls: 1″-, 2″-, 3″-, and 4″-diameter (such as FloraCraft)
  • Foam tools: cutter, shaper (such as FloraCraft)
  • Crepe paper streamers: light pink, light green, dark green, yellow, dark pink
  • Fringe scissors (optional)
  • Styrofoam glue or decoupage medium
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Cardstock: black, white
  • FloraCraft Foam Connectors with Eyelet Screws
  • String

Note: To make crepe paper fringe, cut an arm’s-length piece from crepe paper. Fold in half crosswise, then in half crosswise again. Cut the folded crepe paper in half lengthwise to make two strips. Fringe with regular scissors or fringe scissors. Screw eyelets through the top of each fruit, and hang with string.


HOW TO MAKE A WATERMELON:

1. Cut a 4″-diameter foam ball in half using foam cutter. Cut each piece in half to make four wedges.

2. Cut a piece of fringed crepe paper that is slightly longer than the area you want to cover. Brush glue onto unfringed portion of crepe paper; then press onto foam wedge in overlapping rows. Use light pink paper on cut wedge edges, and alternate two dark and one light green crepe paper on the rounded portion.

3. Trim excess crepe paper from edges as needed. Cut six seeds from black cardstock. Glue onto the watermelon slice.


HOW TO MAKE A PINEAPPLE:

1. Use the shaper tool to file the sides of a 3″-diameter foam ball into a cylindrical shape.

4. Cut several 4″-long leaves from light green and dark green crepe paper. Glue the leaves around the small foam ball.


HOW TO MAKE A STRAWBERRY:

1. Use the shaper tool to file the sides of a 2″-diameter foam ball into a rounded point.

2. Wrap dark pink fringed paper around the rounded pointed end of the foam shape. Keep adding rows while working your way to the top of the strawberry.

3. Cut three 2″-long teardrop shapes from dark green crepe paper, and cut notches out of the sides to make strawberry leaves. Glue the leaves to the top of the strawberry.

4. Cut 10 tiny teardrop-shape seeds from white cardstock; glue seeds to strawberry.

Shaved Ice Birthday Card

Designer: Lisa Storms

Send a snow-cone birthday greeting that will last through the hottest days of summer using cardstock, dimensional adhesive, and glitter to resemble shaved ice.


Materials:

  • Cardstock: white, tan, multicolor stripe
  • Patterned paper: light purple
  • Adhesive foam squares
  • 2″ circle punch
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Chunky glitter: crystal (such as JoAnn Craft Essentials)
  • Alcohol inks: red, blue, yellow
  • Small sponge
  • Photocopy paper: white
  • Paper clip
  • Glue stick

Make the Rainbow Shaved Ice:

 

1. Gather your supplies: 2″ punched paper circle; dimensional adhesive; chunky crystal glitter; alcohol inks in red, blue, and yellow; alcohol blending solution, and sponge.

 

2. Coat the top 34 of the circle with dimensional adhesive. While wet, sprinkle a thin layer of chunky crystal glitter onto the adhesive. Gently press the glitter into the adhesive.

 

3. Once dry, ink glitter with alcohol ink. To decrease intensity of any colors, mix alcohol ink with alcohol blending solution.


Build the Card:

1. Cut a 6×912” rectangle from white cardstock; fold in half to make a 434×6″ card.

2. Cut a 434×6″ rectangle from multicolor stripe cardstock; glue to front of card.

3. Cut a 414×512” rectangle from light purple patterned paper; attach to front of card using adhesive foam squares.

4. Cut a 4″ square from white photocopy paper. Fold two sides in at an angle to form a cone. Crease the folds.

5. Cut a 12×3″ strip from white photocopy paper. Straighten a paper clip, wrap the strip around the wire, and secure the long edge in place using a glue stick. Adhere the rolled strip to the top of the cone.

6. Apply glue to uncoated area of glittered circle and attach to the top back of the cone.

7. Attach the cone to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.

8. Print “sweet birthday wishes” onto white paper and cut into a strip, notching the ends. Mat it on a strip of tan cardstock and notch the ends. Attach the strip to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.

Happy Camper Party

Gather your friends and head to craft camp! Print our free decorations, activities, recipes and more as offered in the Spring/Summer issue of Make It Yourself, on newsstands April 11-July 11, 2017.

Can’t find it on newsstands? Order a digital issue here!


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Get invitations, decorations, screen printing patterns, a scavenger hunt game, and recipes to host your own Happy Camper weekend.

Get the free party kit here.


While you’re camping, make your own terrarium featuring cute details!

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Resin Wineglass Rings

wine-ringsDesigner: Katie Leporte

We can’t decide which is more fun—making these resin wineglass identifiers or choosing your favorite to loop onto your glass!


Materials:

  • Epoxy resin
  • Hardener
  • Two plastic measuring cups
  • Stir Sticks
  • Small silicone molds (such as Mod Podge Mod Molds: Gems)
  • Colorants: blue opaque pigment and amber transparent dye (such as Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments and Transfer Dyes) (optional)
  • Stir stick (optional)
  • Gold glitter
  • Gold wire earring hoops
  • Drill and 116” drill bit
  • Scrap block of wood

Note: Always work with resin in a well-ventilated area.


1. Follow the Tips for Using Epoxy Resin instructions to prepare the resin mixture.

2. Pour resin mixture into desired silicone molds. If color is desired, add a drop of pigment or dye into resin and swirl with a stir stick. If desired, stir glitter into wet resin. Allow to harden for up to 72 hours to ensure a strong bond.

3. Release the hardened resin shapes from the silicone mold by gently pushing the pieces from the back of the mold.

4. Place resin shape on a scrap block of wood, and drill a 116” hole approximately 14” from the top of each shape. Insert a wire earring hoop through the hole, and secure the hook and loop ends together.