Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thoughts on Giant Gold Pull-String Pinatas!

Thoughts on Giant Gold Pull-String Pinatas!

One of the first things that I had my little heart set on when we found out we were expecting baby #2 was a gender reveal party. We had one with Aria, and it was so fun to share that way that I couldn't resist doing it again. This time around though we wanted to find out as a family. But, because Aria would never have been able to hold her tongue for a few days let alone a few hours we decided to have our ultrasound technician write down if baby #2 was a little girl or a little boy. That way everybody would find out at the same time. Even us.

Then I started thinking about how we were going to do the reveal. Since I didn't know myself I couldn't order anything in a specific color. With Aria I made a double layer cookie cake and frosted pink between the layers with a few circles of white around the edge to hide the big reveal. It was definitely a whole new ballgame thinking of a reveal that I could DIY without needing to know if it was a boy or a girl.

Finally I came across this giant gold pinata filled with pink confetti. It was perfect! The blogger made it herself and cut out both blue and pink confetti. She wanted to capture the big moment with their photographer, so she brought it all along to her photo shoot.  Then she had her photographer stuff the correct color of confetti inside for them.

I originally thought I would take a bunch of pictures of the process, but I ended up doing all of it after Aria went to bed in my poorly lit bedroom. Since those would be the worst pictures in the world I didn't even bother. But, I thought I would share with you the DIY I followed along with a few pieces of advice I have now that I am on the other side of making it.

So, first things first. This is the how to I found and used to make our gold pull string pinata.

It all starts with a paper lantern. She didn't specify what size paper lantern she used, just that it was the largest she could find at Ikea. I ordered a 24" paper lantern and it was definitely gigantic. I'm pretty sure it was bigger than hers so it made some of the steps different between hers and mine. I wanted it large and in charge but I think going down a size would have been both large and easier. Hindsight.

To make the lantern gold you hot glue on gold fringe. She said she used long door fringe and just cut it shorter. I'm not sure how many packs of that stuff she needed to buy, but when I priced it out it would have been ridiculously expensive. Instead I found some gold metallic foil paper on amazon. I cut out long strips 3 inches tall and then just hand cut the fringe. I ended up not buying enough so I took a quick trip to Walmart to see if I could find some gold metallic wrapping paper, I didn't have enough time to wait for the amazon shipping at that point. (Life lesson: don't procrastinate DIY things, they always take 47 times longer than you think) I did end up finding some and it was cheaper. Yay! When I finished hot gluing all my hand fringed gold strips to my lantern I realized that cheaper is definitely not better. Boo. The difference in thickness meant that the more expensive paper stayed hanging down while the cheaper paper all curled upwards. I could have cried, but there was nothing I could do about it at that point.

By my calculations I would have needed 4 rolls of the foil paper from amazon for my 24" lantern. I didn't even think to attempt the math before I ordered 1 roll. But, hopefully you can learn from my errors if you are in going to make your own gold pinata!  And, probably double check my math because it is not my strongest attribute.

I'd also recommend getting the paper lantern with even ribbing because it provided a super convenient hot gluing guide for the fringe. I just followed it up and around the whole lantern. It probably took me 10 hours to glue that whole thing. Such a slow process. I'm sorry if you burn your knuckles off as well, I still have the scars. 

The internal structure with the oatmeal can worked the same. I used a really large oatmeal container and a ton of tape. When in doubt add some more tape. I accidentally poked a few holes in the paper lantern, but since it is all getting covered up anyway it didn't really matter.

In the end, I handed a friend a giant gold pinata, a bag of pink confetti and a bag of blue confetti (I cut my own so it was nice and big), and an envelope with our ultrasound results written down. She stuffed it with the correct color right before our BBQ, and as soon as everybody showed up we went outside to do the reveal. There's no waiting at a gender reveal party in my opinion! And, even though the curling up fringe made me scream internally it was still magical when Aria pulled the string and all this blue confetti came pouring out.

Thoughts on Giant Gold Pull-String Pinatas!

In summary...
- Start your project early.
- Go for an 18 to 20 inch paper lantern.
- Buy the more expensive gold metallic foil paper.
- Enjoy finding out if your confetti is blue or pink!


13 comments:

  1. I loved the way you did this reveal and I am more than sure that someone will find this super helpful. It is always nice to learn from others and have them give you the ins and outs.

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  2. Those curled up foils would have annoyed me too! But it looks fabulous regardless - what a great way to do the reveal!

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  3. Honestly, when you first posted the gender reveal, I had no idea you made the pinata yourself- I thought you bought it somewhere, it looked so good! Gender reveal stuff is so fun!

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  4. Haha, you sound like me when it comes to DIY stuff. I LOVE the pinata you made. Such a fun and unique idea too!

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  5. Whoa! I totally missed the part where you made this! GREAT job! I just assumed you bought it somewhere.

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  6. There are so many fun ways to announce the gender! Love this one!

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  7. I am obsessed with that piñata! If I ever have baby #2, I am going to hire you to make me one too. Which yes, that means that you will be coming out here and planning my gender reveal :) Muchas gracias!

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  8. This seriously looks AMAZING! I couldnt even picture it in my mind when you told me your plans but that oatmeal cannister makes so much sense now. And I cant tell the curly gold paper from the straight :)

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  9. Love this! Such a fun idea and it looks so cute!!

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  10. This is the neatest idea! And I'm totally impressed that you made it!!!

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  11. Such a fun surprise!! I couldn't resist finding out right away, so Joe wasn't even there when I found out about Ez. Whoops.

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