Valentine’s Craft: DIY Heart Pinata

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is right around the corner? Ladies, don’t kill me … but I actually give my husband a pass on Valentine’s Day. Our wedding anniversary is within a week, so we just skip the whole mess. (He definitely has to bring his A-game for the anniversary, though, don’t get me wrong.)

Being that we don’t take Valentine’s Day very seriously, I usually just do something a little silly and call it a day. This year’s project? DIY Heart Piñata. Because who doesn’t love beating candy out of a paper box? I had this post ready for you over a week ago, but because of some VERY messy travel to and from Salt Lake City, I’m just now getting it up. But fear not — this is a quick afternoon project. It’s cute, pretty, and the kids will love it. Happy Valentine’s Day, you lovebirds!

Click on the how-to images below to view close-up in a photo gallery.

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Step 1

 Open GalleryFirst up, grab your supplies. I used some heavy watercolor paper I had on hand — I wanted it to be heavy enough to hold the weight of the candy, but easily ripped through with a light swat from a bat. A bag of candy conversation hearts (or try making your own!), some fuschia tissue paper, tape, scissors, and you’re set to go.

Step 2

 Open GalleryI used the second-grade method to cut my first heart out — fold the paper in half and roughly cut a half heart shape. A few refinements, and I was satisfied.

Step 3

 Open GalleryThen I used that first heart to trace an identical one on a second sheet of paper.

Step 4

 Open GalleryGrab your scissors, and get to cutting.

Step 5

 Open GalleryNext, cut a few 2-3 inch strips of the same thick paper to make up the sides of the piñata.

Step 6

 Open GalleryUsing the strips of paper, start taping the sides on the first heart.

Step 7

 Open GalleryAttach the sides all the way around. Look familiar? If it weren’t destined to be a piñata, you could fill it with homemade chocolates.

Step 8

 Open GalleryNow attach the second heart, leaving a small unattached section. This is where you’ll put in the candy when you’re ready.  (But it’s way easier to add the fringe and THEN fill with candy.)

Step 9

 Open GalleryHere comes the fun/tedious part, depending on what kind of person you are. If you want a shortcut, grab a pair of fringe scissors from your local craft store. Otherwise, press play on the DVR and settle in for a solid session of tissue paper cutting.

Step 10

 Open GalleryOnce you’ve got a few sections of tissue fringe, you can start applying it. I love, love, love my glue roller for jobs like this. It’s quick, easy and free of the mess you get with most glues.

Step 11

 Open GalleryWhen you’re ready to apply the fringe, start at the bottom and layer up.

Step 12

 Open GalleryNow you’ve got a hot fringed heart. You can leave it all woolly bully if you want, but I like to clean it up a little.

Step 13

 Open GalleryTime to give that bad boy a little trim….

Step 14

 Open GalleryNow you’re ready to fill in the candy. There are only a few steps left, and you need to fill the candy and then cover your tracks.

Step 15

 Open GalleryYou can use more tape to close up the piñata, but a few drops of hot glue is faster.

Step 16

 Open GalleryOnce the glue dries, you can cover the sides with a few strips of tissue paper.

Step 17

 Open GalleryDone! Cute, sweet, and a lot less cliché than a box of chocolates. xoxox

Materials

  • watercolor paper
  • red or pink tissue paper
  • tape
  • candy hearts
  • glue tape

Tools

  • hot glue gun, if you have one
  • scissors
  • fringe scissors
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3 Responses

  1. It's so unfortunate that i didn't read this article before 14 Feb. But if i had read this before, i have surly made this and gifted it to my sweetheart. But, it's never late when it's come to love. I will make this and give it to her. Thanks for sharing such a great creativity.

  2. Minnow + Co says:

    Thanks, Emily! These kind of projects are my jam. I'll trade you heart shaped piñatas for hardwood floor installation tips ANY DAY!

  3. merrypad says:

    Oh man, Ellen. You are so crafty. This is adorable. Nicely done!

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