Category Archives: DIY

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Piñata

October 5, 2014

This year I wanted to give mini piñatas a try for a Halloween decoration. Here are the five designs I created and here’s how I made them.

You will need empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes, paper, crepe paper, glue, scissors, pencil, construction paper, embroidery floss and needle.

1. Trace around the end of a empty tube with a pencil on a piece of paper. Draw four tabs. Cover opposite side of traced circle with crepe paper. Cut out both circles with tabs and glue one over one end of tube. Thread a piece of embroidery floss through the center of the other circle with tabs.

Halloween piñata - step 1 | Card and Parcel

2. Fill the tube with treats and glue the second circle to the end of the tube to enclose the contents.

Halloween piñata - step 2 | Card and Parcel

3. If there are gaps between your circle with tabs and the tube, cover them with more crepe paper. Cut three pieces of crepe paper about 6″ long and glue around the tube to cover it completely.

Halloween piñata - step 3 | Card and Parcel

4. Cut eight pieces of crepe paper about 12″ long. Stack them and cut fringe about 3/4″ into the crepe paper and about 1/4″ apart. Starting at the bottom, glue each strip around the tube. They will wrap around the tube several times. It’s OK – don’t skimp!

Halloween piñata - step 4 | Card and Parcel

5. Add some eyes and mouth using card stock. To access the treats, just pull the string!

Halloween piñata - step 5 | Card and Parcel

Get creative! Check out my other piñata designs for inspiration. If you make a Halloween piñata, be sure to add your link in the comments. I would love to see it!

Mini Halloween Piñatas

Happy October! It’s time for all things Halloween. What’s your favorite Halloween decoration? Do you like cute or spooky? Do you make or buy?

This year I wanted to give mini piñatas a try. They are easy to make (although they do take some time) and crepe paper is a very forgiving medium. Fill them with candy, stickers, crayons, spider rings, etc. Or, leave them empty and create a garland. Here’s how I made them.

Spider (or bat or vampire) | Ghost

Spider and Ghost Piñatas | Card and Parcel

Candy Corn | Martian

candy corn and martin piñatas | Card and Parcel

Pumpkin | Filled with candy!

Pumpkin Piñatas | Card and Parcel


May Day Paper Cones

April 25, 2014

May Day – May 1st – is traditionally a day to acknowledge the coming of summer. To celebrate, some communities host Maypole dances, public garden clean-up events, or picnics in the park. One May Day tradition I always wanted to try is the secret hanging of May Day baskets filled with flowers on the doorknobs of neighboring homes.

Instead of baskets, I made simple paper cones to fill with flowers. (Here are the directions.)   Below are some of the May Day paper cones I made to hang over doorknobs and chair backs, both inside and out.

Red Gingham Paper May Day Cone | Card and Parcel

Black Toile Paper May Day cone | Card and Parcel

Paper May Day Cones | Card and Parcel

Green Polka Dot Paper May Day Cone | Card and Parcel


Weekend DIY: Paper May Day Cone

May Day (May 1st) is recognized by many as the unofficial beginning of Spring. A common way to celebrate May Day is by hanging baskets of fresh flowers on the doorknobs of neighbors’ houses.

Red Gingham Paper May Day Cone | Card and Parcel

You can easily make your own paper May Day cones and fill them with Spring flowers to surprise your neighbors. Wrap a few light-weight flowers in a piece of damp paper towel then wrap again in a piece of foil to keep the paper cone dry.

To make one cone you’ll need:

  • 6 x 6 inch piece of patterned card stock
  • Bone folder
  • Glue or adhesive tape
  • 2 eyelets
  • Eyelet setting tool (like the Crop-A-Dile)
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Scissors


Paper May Day Cone Directions | Card and Parcel

Fold a piece of 6 x 6 inch card stock in half diagonally (below, left) with the pattern on the outside of the fold. Reopen the square and fold two opposite points to center fold (below, center). Refold the paper at the center fold (bottom, right).

Paper May Day Cone Directions | Card and Parcel

Cut off the pointed tip to create a straight top to your cone (below, right).

Paper May Day Cone Directions | Card and Parcel

Use glue or adhesive tape to adhere the outside flap of the cone to the inside flap (bottom, left). Use eyelet tool to punch two holes at the top of your cone (below, right). Reenforce holes with two eyelets (optional – below, right). When you punch the two holes, be sure the glued side of the cone will lay flat against the door when hung on the knob.

Paper May Day Cone Directions | Card and Parcel

Finally, thread twine or ribbon through the two eyelets to create a handle for your cone. Add flowers and surprise a neighbor!

Yellow Polka Dot Paper May Day Cone | Card and Parcel




Origami Easter Boxes

April 11, 2014

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

Tiny pastel-colored boxes filled with favorite candies – what could be more perfect for Easter?

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

For the top of your box, follow these instructions using a 6 x 6 inch square of your favorite patterned paper then decorate with ribbon, stickers, or other embellishments. For the bottom, use a 5.5 x 5.5 inch piece of paper.

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

Fill each box with sweet treats or tiny toys.

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

I hope you give this DIY a try. You could also try adding a handle to make a mini Easter basket.

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

Happy Easter!