Monday, April 19, 2010

Minnie Party How-to's, Part 1

Here is a link to the original party post.

There is so much to explain with this party I thought I better do two posts.

The Pinata:
Okay this was so easy. I was worried it would take forever, but I made it in less than an hour.

What I used:
A Costco sized Huggies box.
craft glue
a roll of crepe paper
a couple sheets of tissue paper
I started by cutting out the mouse ears shape. I used bowls for my drawing. You'll need two sets of ears, a front and a back.
Next I cut the flaps from the top and bottom of the box in half lengthwise. I took the strips and made them pliable by bending them and rubbing them along the edge of the table. It's kinda like curly ribbon. You just have to break the stiffness so you can bend it around the shape of the ears.
I attached the strips one side at a time. I started at the center corner of one ear and taped it into place. Then running along the edge I would place a piece of tape every now and then. You don't want to tape the whole thing or they won't be able to break it open, use just enough to hold it in place. I continued this until I wrapped around the whole thing. Taping in all the corners help it hold it's shape.
I turned it over and attached the other side the same way.

I left this gap in the top so I could fill it with candy.
I didn't get a picture, but at this point I would poke a hole in the front and back to fish your wire through. Once you've added the wire you can cover the box with paper.

I started at the edges. I ran lines of glue along the edges on both the top and side of the pinata. Next I covered them up with the crepe paper.
I did this on both sides
Then I covered the entire thing with a layer of black tissue paper. I glued it down and cut away the excess.
I covered the tissue paper with spirals of ruffled crepe paper. I started with the ears first.

First I went around the edge with the glue. Then I pulled the crepe paper into gathers as I layed it down. I would lay it in the glue and scrunch it up.
Once the outer layer was done I would start on the next layer making sure they overlapped a little.

For the middle of the circle I scrunched a strip of the crepe paper into gathers and formed it into a circle and attached it to the center.
After the ears were done, I did the same thing for the center. I covered both the front and back and sides with the crepe paper gathers.
For the sides I did the edges first then did a ruffle down the middle.
The only thing left to do is add a bow, it can be used to hide the wire.

The Mouse Hands:
First I made a pattern. I started with a circle for the palm of the hand them drew fingers. Mickey and Minnie only have 4 fingers. You'll need to make sure you make at least one finger wide enough to fit two real fingers.
I cut them out of white felt. I cut the top of the hand on a fold so it would have a rounded bottom and be double thick. I cut the bottom in a single layer trying to use less felt, but you could do both hands double thick.
Then I sewed the the top to the bottom
Once I knew they fit, I drew the black lines on with a fabric marker I already had. It would probably look better if you cut and sewed them on using black felt. I was out of time. Of course you would need to do that before you sewed the two layer together.

The Goodie Bags:
What I used:
White, Black and Red felt
1" Black ribbon
small red polka dot ribbon
fray check

First I made a pattern for the mouse head with a piece of cardstock. I traced spools of thread and such, anything round and the size you want will work. Then I use the pattern and cut out several of the mouse heads in the black felt. I cut several white circles slightly bigger than my mouse ears and sewed the two together with the ears centered in the middle.
Next I cut the font and side panels of the bags. The front panels are 5" x 7" and the side pieces are 3" x 7". I cut my black ribbon into 20 in strips and fray checked the ends.

Next I sewed the black ribbon onto the bags and then the mouse ears circles in the middle.
To assemble them I sewed the sides and the front and back togehter. It looks like a bottom-less box. Then I folded in the sides at the bottom, like a flat lunch sack, and sewed the bottom closed.
The Birthday Outfit
I simply used Wonder Under to add everything to my $3 T-shirt. I made the skirt up the same way I made THIS ONE. The only difference was I added a gathered piece of black fabric to the bottom. I bought 2 yards of the polka dot fabric. I was able to make the skirt, all the hats and banners plus have some left over.

I'm sure I left something out so let me know.

Here is a link to Part 2 of party How-To's.


a little bit of everything said...

How absolutely adorable and so inventive! You did a great job!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

This is SUCH a cute party! Great tutorial on the pinata. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn said...

Thats awesome! I planned on emailing you this week to ask how you made the pinata but I see now. Thanks for shareing! We have our Minnie Mouse party for my 3 year old the middle of May. Thanks for all the great ideas!!


Keli said...

Love Minnie Mouse! What a great party!

Erin said...

so cute! i especially love the pinata. you're awesome!

Amy said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing.

Simply Sara said...

Yippee! Thank you so much for sharing your secrets.
I am in love with your sweet minnie party. I am definitely stealing your ideas for my girls :)

Jessica said...

I really love the way you made the pinata. Who knew it would be that easy?

Lorie said...

Okay, I am SUPER impressed that you made your own pinata! And it is cuter than any you could have bought! I am going to feature this on my blog!

Pamela said...

I can't wait to use some of your ideas, FANTASTIC. My little one loves Mickey/Minnie. She will be 3 this June!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lei said...

you are in the contest at sweet charli's too! yes this one caught my eye. very cute. love that you made your own pinata!

All That Glitters said...

Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

So clever! You inspire me!!!

Joy said...

GENIUS!!! Cute and Fantastic!

Marcia said...

Wow, you are so creative! Thankyouthankyouthankyou for these great tutorials! I'm planning a Minnie Mouse Party next month, and I want to make the pinata and hands! Too cute! Thanks, again! BTW, your little girl is adorable!

Mrs. Wright said...

THANK YOU! My son loves Mickey Mouse and I can easily leave off the bow and use all these ideas. I keep thinking he'll grow out of it but I'm starting to plan his 3rd Mickey Party (for his 5th birthday) in a row and am out of ideas.

Frikadel said...

it's a very good idea
i like such a t-shirt for my little girl (3 too)
love from France

Sarah said...

I love your ideas for the party! I really love your skirt, but I'm a little confused at your tutorial on it because I'm a sewing novice. The part I'm confused on is the step after you serged the top of the waistband and then you say, "Sew the right sides of the two four in strips together." I might be dumb, but what part of the right sides? Up by the elastic, or on the sides? And why would you need that extra strip? I understand how to do everything else, I just can't figure out that step. If you could email me, that would be great. My email is Thanks, and LOVE the blog!

Crystal said...

SO SO CUTE! I posted a link to this on disboards

Jenn said...

I just had my daugthers 3rd Birthday party and I used your Pinata idea! I linked back! Thanks for the great idea!!


Unknown said...

All I can say is WOW! This is fabulous!!

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Unknown said...

WoW!! You are incredibly creative! I'm having a mickey mouse party for my 2 year old boy and now I'm dying to have a girl so I can make all these amazing Minnie things. SOO Cute. Thank you for posting them.

Sparklinbecks said...

Thanks for the pinata tutorial! I did this for my son's fourth birthday over the weekend and it was a huge hit. Never want to buy a pinata after making one!

J+S said...

I saw your pinata over on Design Dazzle, and tomorrow I am planning to do a feature on my blog. If this is a problem in any way, please let me know. Wonderful creativity!


Hani said...

how amazing.. I love the idea.. everything turned out wonderful.. A very happy birthday to your lil one..

Danica said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorials! I used the pinata idea at my little girl's birthday party. Here is a link to how it turned out:

Thanks so much!!!

Erin Solis said...

Thank you so much for this idea! This is exactly what I wanted and I couldn't find it in the store. It was much easier to do than I thought and your directions were absolutely perfect. I made the whole thing for $2.00. I just don't know how I'm going to let anyone bat at it at the party - it's too cute!

BrittLItes said...

I want to thank you for this tutorial, I just finished making this, i'm not sure how well it will hold up, but luckily its a toddlers birthday party! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

blessed said...

Thanks for the piñata tutorial. I made it for my sons 1st birthday. I just added some pull strings at the bottom as well. It is so cute and will have mixed feelings when kids take a swing at it..

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Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. My daughter wanted a Minnie Mouse theme for her party and I decided to have a pinata this time but I just didn't want to spend $20 on one.
Although, I'm wondering if I can use cereal box cardboard instead because I do not have anymore huggies diaper boxes and it seems asit might be a little rough for the kids to break open.

Mida said...

Was it easy for them to break it open? I'm making one right now.


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