Hello crafty friends! Remember this princess castle piñata from Eleanor's birthday party? I took photos as I was making it so now I can show you how to make your own! Continue reading for the full how-to on my DIY Castle Piñata.
The first step is to create the castle shape. I used a square box, a couple of thin gift boxes, and two extra pieces of cardboard rectangles.
Take your extra cardboard panels and gently bend them in small sections to create ridges (this will help it bend into your towers more easily).
You should see your panel start to curve like this.
Next, roll the panel into a cylinder and tape it--don't worry about it being perfectly round, the tissue paper will hide any angles.
For the top of the tower take one of the thin gift boxes and measure out a rectangle that can be easily divided in thirds (I made mine 12 inches wide). You can make it as tall or short as you like.
Fold your rectangle into thirds and draw an almost-triangle that's connected on the folded side.
Cut around your triangle and this is what you'll have (after you make two).
Fold your triangle pieces and tape together to create a pyramid for the top of each tower.
Tape each pyramid to the top of a tower.
Next, trace around the bottom of each tower and cut out a circle from the extra gift box.
Tape the circles to the bottom of each tower (if you want candy inside the towers put it in before taping the bottoms).
Tape the towers on either side of the front of your box.
(Here's how I taped the back of each tower to the side of the box.)
Before you decorate your castle piñata, be sure to poke a hole on each side to add your string for hanging.
You also want to cut a small flap in the top of the box so you can add the candy when you're ready to (unless you want to add it now--I didn't want any chocolate melting so I added mine at the last minute).
After you have the castle structure all together, gather some crepe and tissue paper to start decorating! Of course you can use different colors for a boy or neutral-colored castle.
I started with the crepe roll, cutting a long strip and folding it in half several times.
Cut your strip about an inch from the end...
...and voila! You've made some fringe!
Start gluing your crepe/tissue paper from the bottom up to cover the glue from the strip beneath.
I started from the front, went around one tower to the back, and then again to the other tower. I saved the top of the box and the towers for last. Shorten your strips as need while you're pasting them on and double-up where needed.
For the finishing touch I cut out a door shape from one of the gift boxes, covered it in more fringe and glued it onto the front of my castle.
This DIY Castle Piñata is definitely fit for a princess. How do you like it? I'd love to hear if you make your own!
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Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to show you the other projects I'm working on!