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DIY Cinco de Mayo Piñata Favors

DIY Projects

This wedding favor idea is perfect for Mexican inspired weddings and just in time for a Cinco de Mayo fête. This project is not as daunting as it seems. Just put on This American Life and away you go!

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For this project, you’ll need:
– Small balloons (I used 7″ balloons, but water balloons may work too)
-flour & water for papier mâché
-newspaper or any thin paper
-candy to go inside the pinata (we used saltwater taffy)
-scissors
-Elmer’s glue
-tissue paper
-glasses or a base to hold the piñatas while they dry

diy cinco de mayo pinata

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Instructions:
This project can be as labor intensive as you’d like it to be, so we bypassed as many steps as we could to speed up the process.

Step 1: Blow up balloon to desired size and tie with a knot. Ours were about 5-6 inches long. Rip paper into small pieces – strip or square shapes are great, but really any shape will do. Mix equal parts of water and flour for papier mâché glue paste.

Step 2: Start gluing pieces of paper onto balloon, allowing an opening around the balloon tie for candy once it’s dry. We didn’t bother with a brush to glue the pieces and went straight to using my hands – another tip to speed up the process. Once your balloon is covered with its first layer of paper, let it dry for a few hours. Repeat the process until is thick enough to hold candy without the shell breaking. Three layers were sufficient for me and sturdy enough that they wouldn’t break if they fell on the floor, but you can add more to make them stiffer if you’d like.

diy cinco de mayo pinata

Step 3: While your papier mâché dries, you can get your tissue paper ready. Again, we batch fringed tissue paper by folding a long strip of paper (about 4 inches wide) in half lengthwise so it’s 2 inches wide. Then fold the paper the other direction a few times and cut 2/3 of it’s width, so my paper was 2 inches wide, I cut slits of about 1.50 – 1.75 inches wide. To save us a little more time, we didn’t bother measuring measuring how wide each strip should be.

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Step 4: Once your papier mâché is dry, you can start layering your fringed tissue paper. I went against my own advice on this particular pinata and started from the top down. Don’t do that. By the time I was finishing gluing the last layer, the fringes on the top were wrinkled and some ripped. Always start layering the fringe from the bottom up. Here I used school glue, but I think flour paste could work too (but I’d use a brush since tissue paper is much more delicate than newspaper). I used three layers for each color tier.

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Step 5: With a needle, gently poke a hole on the balloon to deflate it. Pull balloon out and we’re ready to add the candy!

Step 6: To create a handle for the mini piñata, thread a tag in a ribbon and make a knot halfway. Tie the ends of the ribbon onto a candy.

Step 7: Now you’re ready to add candy and seal the pinata. Add the handle last and seal the pinata with a matching piece of tissue paper.

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I used a little less than 20″x8″ worth of tissue paper per colored tier for each wedding favor. I reused the scraps of paper to create conffeti that were added in each pinata along with the candy. For anyone looking for the specific type and colors of tissue paper I used, colors are Emerald, Peridot and Aquamarine. The glittery paper is called gemstone tissue paper, and it can be found online at places like this. Total cost for each wedding favor is under a dollar including the candy.


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Vintage Chic Farm Wedding

Vintage Weddings

There are so many things we love about this next wedding, but at the top of the list is without a doubt the level of calm that seems to surround the day. Perhaps it’s all the cool blues, the light, romantic flowers, or even just the wonderful state of mind the bride maintained throughout all the wedding excitement. With so much going on during wedding planning, it becomes all too easy to lose sight of the most important thing: people coming together to share in your love. Designed by the amazing Tina Reikes of our Blue Label Member Bear Flag Farm, this wedding is sure to wow!

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From Tina of Bear Flag Farm: This lovely wedding was our take on a rustic vintage celebration with a farm twist. The bride, Jessie, has a great appreciation for all things heirloom. We included china that captured the essence of old world sensibilities along with elegant white iron & crystal candelabras for a semi-formal look, as well as gorgeous custom stained farm tables to bring in a rustic foundation.

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The bride lives in New York and had stumbled upon some fabulous vintage blue mason jars while exploring farm country in Upstate NY.  These little treasures were a big part of the design influence and utilization of vintage blue in varying colors throughout the event.  Jessie & Mike were also the fortunate recipients of a newly designed invitation suite from the super talented team at Hello Lucky!  Sisters Sabrina & Eunice created a gorgeous collection of Bear Flag Farm inspired stationery.  Taking direction from the fruits and vegetables grown at the farm, they crafted the look of heirloom farm labels and incorporated that concept throughout the suite of stationery.

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From the bride, Jessie: We knew that we wanted an elegant, rustic, outdoor California wedding. We looked at wineries, ranches and other places before finding Bear Flag Farms. I knew it was perfect as soon as I saw it. Best of all, I told Tina that I wanted “A Midsummer Nights Dream meets Organic Farm” and she totally made it happen. Our wedding really was everything I imagined.

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We did not really have colors. The bridesmaids all wore blue, but they got to pick their own dresses. Mostly we requested subdued or softer color palettes to keep with the rustic, vintage feel of the day. I wanted lots of complementary colors without it feeling super fussy or overly planned. Just look at the plates Tina found – they were amazing and set the tone!

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I purchased blue mason jars from small antique shops around New York state, then slowly flew them out every time I visited CA. The name cards and table numbers were all DIY – I shopped for colorful paper and assigned each table a paper style. Then each name card identified the table with a circle with that swatch of paper.

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Any advice for brides? I was planning from a distance, and it first it was really hard to let anyone help me. Tina and her staff really helped me divide and conquer – I took the stuff that was really important to me, things where I wanted a very personal feel and connection, and the rest I delegated to others. It made the experience so much more enjoyable. I could focus on what I really cared about.

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Be prepared to go with the flow. There is only so much we can plan, or plan for, and then life gets in the way. Reminding myself that I was getting married to my best friend and the best guy grounded me when those out-of-my-control things happened. I think because I was able to do that, the day and night really were perfect.

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Wedding Songs:
Processional – Never My Love by Esteban
Recessional – All you need is love by The Beatles
Our Dance – That’s Where It’s At by Sam Cooke

Wedding vendors (Winters, California):

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bear Flag Farm / Wedding Photographer: Greg Slick of Once Studio / Event Design & Planning: Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm / Catering: Grace Lee Events / Rentals: Classic Party – Napa / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens / Lighting: Monkey Glue Lighting / Wedding Cake: Freeport Bakery / Wedding Gown: Watters Collection / Wedding shoes: Caparro’s / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein / Invitation Suite: Hello Lucky!

Bear Flag Farm is a member of Blue Label.

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DIY Wooden Coasters

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This next submission for our DIY wedding favor contest is absolutely superb, but the most marvelous element is how eco-friendly they are. They are also cost next to nothing to make if you live in a woodsy part of the country. Our favorite part? The theme “Take a piece of Colorado with you!” message to guests. Thanks to Angela and Jeffrey for this submission.

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Materials:
1. Aspen (dead, to keep it eco friendly) or wood that is convenient in your location
2. Saw
3. Tung Oil and a rag
4. Twine and a favor tag

diy woodsy wedding favors

Instructions:
Find the wood you would like to use, make sure that it has a large enough diameter to work as a coaster for a mug. Saw 1/4″ thick (it is very easy to be consistent in size with a table saw, but any saw will work). Sand the coasters (we used several different grades of sanding paper). Use tung oil for a natural, but smooth polish. Wrap with twine and label – ours says “Take a piece of Colorado with you”!

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