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DIY Donut Piñata (+ A Surprise Virtual Baby Shower!)

8/14/2013

SURPRISE!! Today is a very, very special day! As some of you may know, a good bloggy friend of mine, Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel, is expecting her first little pinwheel this October! Eeee! Brittni and I decided that since we couldn’t throw Lexy a baby shower in person (Darn geography!) it would be super fun to throw her a virtual one! So we got a bunch of Lexy’s bloggy friends on board and have officially declared today Lexy’s Virtual Baby Shower!!!! A bunch of us have posted a baby shower DIY or recipe in honor of Lexy and her soon to be little lady and if you scroll to the bottom of this post you can click on through to them all. And what did I choose to make? Well, Lexy and I have certainly bonded over our mutual sweet tooths (teeth?) and I know the girl loves donuts just as much as I do. So what better a project in her honor than a giant donut piñata!?!? We have to teach this little baby about the important things in life from the very beginning, both donuts and piñatas included. So without further ado… it’s baby shower piñata time!

DIY Giant Donut Pinata

How To Make a Pinata

Cardboard
Crepe Paper (One color for the donut, one for the frosting and a few for the sprinkles)
Masking or Kraft Tape
White Craft Glue
Twine
Scissors

Start by making your donut shape. It’s helpful if you have some sort of large circle object to trace for the outside, and a bowl to trace for the inside. My outer circle was about 30″ wide, and my inner circle was about 8″ wide. Cut out two of these shapes, then cut out several 6″ (or wider) strips for the sides. Start by taping one of your strips along the inside circle of one of your donut shapes. You’ll have to bend the cardboard to make it curve and fit. (I typically like to bend the cardboard before I start taping.)

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Repeat this same process for the outer circle. (I cut the strip for the inner circle a bit to short, which is why you see an extra piece in there!) If you want to be able to fill your piñata at a later time, leave a piece on the outer circle untaped to act as a flap. Also use this time to add a string to the top, if desired, by poking a hole and stringing a piece of twine through. (I always forget this step in the beginning, but it’s much easier to do it now!)

Giant Donut Pinata Tutorial DIY Giant Donut Pinata Tutorial

Tape the other donut shape on top using the same method. Then it’s time to cut a lot of fringe. For reference, I used two full sheets of fine crepe paper and one entire large roll of crepe paper streamers (I was working with what I had!) to fringe this guy.

How to Make a Donut Pinata Tutorial DIY Pinata Tutorial

Now for the wrapping! I chose to “wrap” my fringe to cover this piñata. I started at the inside and wrapped all the way around and around. Since the inner circle is much, much smaller, the fringe should overlap much more there than it will on the outer edges.

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This is easy but tedious, but on a good movie and wrap, wrap wrap. When you get to the final wrap or two, bend the fringe that’s already there “up” so you can access the cardboard underneath to glue the final piece.

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Now you need to frost this thing! I cut an uneven circular shape out of pink crepe paper and then cut a hole in the center. Since this piñata is so big, I had to do it in two halves. I used white glue to glue this to the piñata but it did leave a few glue marks (Not as many as you see below though, this was taken before it was dry.) Alternatively you could use double stick tape or a glue stick to avoid this. (I just covered the visible glue spots with my “sprinkles!” Problem solved.)

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Cut a bunch of small crepe paper rectangles to form your sprinkles and use glue or double stick tape to adhere them to the frosting.

DIY Crepe Paper Sprinkles Donut Pinata Sprinkles

Donut Pinata DIY

BAM! Giant. Donut. Piñata. It’s what happiness is made of.

DIY Donut Pinata

Giant Donut Pinata DIY

All Photos by Studio DIY

Hooray!! I had so much fun crafting this guy and hope I did Lexy and my donut obsession justice. Let’s all send Lex our best wishes for mommyhood, shall we!? She is one of the sweetest, funniest, dance-craziest (That’s most important.) and craftiest ladies I know and she is going to be an amazing mama.

Now, to check out all the other baby shower projects created for Lexy’s virtual shower, go ahead and click the links below! There’s some really great stuff in there, folks. Imagine if this was an actual, in-person shower!? I don’t think the world could handle it.

Kelly of Studio DIY // Brittni of Paper & Stitch // Chelsea of Lovely Indeed // Melanie of You are my Fave // Ashley of Sugar & Cloth // Melissa of The Faux Martha // Erin of Art Social // Lauren of A Fabulous Fete // Jenny of Hank & Hunt

Hope you were quite surprised, Lexy!!

54 comments

  • Rach

    Such a lovely idea! You guys are the best. This is adorable!

  • Joy

    This is AMAZING, Kelly! I’m super impressed by how perfectly even you got the shape of the donut. And a big, huge congratulations to Lexie, who is going to be the most gorgeous supermom around! xo

  • sue

    This is perfect! My daughter just asked me that she wanted a “donut” theme party… I am so making this piñata! thx!

    • Kelly

      How perfect, Sue! I would love to see photos from her party if you make it. Also, I just adore that she asked for a donut party. My kinda girl! 😉

  • Michelle @ Hey Love Designs

    OMG, a doughnut pinata? I love everything about this!

  • Brittni

    Holy moly. I didn’t realize you were going to make such a big one. The bigger the better! This is awesome.

  • Lexy | The Proper Pinwheel

    Holy moly is right! BG-dub needs that donut pinata in the delivery room! We need her coming out into this world knowing EXACTLY what matters most in life. Thank you so much for putting this together! You guys are the best secret keepers in the galaxy! WHATTTTTT?!?!?!

  • Ally Ebdon

    Kelly and Brittni your adorableness just astounds me. This is SUCH an adorable idea, I may just be a little bit tired but the cuteness of all this made me choke a lil bit. Congratulations to Lexy- you sound like you’ll make a fab Mum.

  • Cintya

    I’m 22 but I think I might be doing this for my next birthday, it’s just too cute!

    • Kelly

      There’s no age limit on donuts, right!? Would love to see it if you made a version for your birthday!

  • Tan

    Oh I love this virtual baby shower! SO SWEET

  • lyndsay // coco cake land

    this is the dang coolest pinata, kelly!!! and the virtual baby shower… seriously quite adorable! i want to host a donut party, like, asap, because of this pinata!!

  • Jolleen Tran

    This is absolutely adorable! A donut themed party sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xoxo

    Jolleen

  • Terrie

    Your surprise virtual baby shower is such an awesome idea! I love your giant donut pinata +)

  • [email protected] Mama

    This is Insanely cute! Seriously, Kelly! wow! My kids would freak! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Tina! Yes this is definitely a kid “wower!” We had a few pass us while we were photographing and they were in awe! 😉

  • Heather - Chickabug

    That big donut makes me smile! I’m trying to think of someone I know with an upcoming birthday because I really want to make this! : )

  • Tracy

    What a darling idea, I love it! I’d love to have you share this or any of your amazing posts at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. It starts Friday’s at 6pm, hope we see you there!

    Tracy

  • DinjaDONUT

    Yeaaaaah I like it! 😀

  • agg

    great idea, i’m totally gonna make it! But how many white crepe paper do you need to make this ?

    • Kelly

      You’ll need a lot! It’s hard to say exactly, as it depends on what kind of crepe paper you get (rolls/sheets vs streamers) and the exact size you make your donut. For this one, I used about 240 yards of 1.5″ wide strips. If you get the rolls of crepe paper (like these: http://www.papermart.com/premium-heavy-crepe-paper/id=36547#36547), that means you’ll need about 8-10 rolls. If you go with streamers, you’ll have to see how many yards come on a roll and determine from there.

      Hope that helps!!

      Kelly

  • Irina

    hi,
    This looks soo great!!! I think it’s a really fun idea. I’m from the Netherlands and we celebrate Sinterklaas on the 5th of December and I have to make a surprise gift for someone and she likes donuts very much…. so I’m thinking of making this for her… I think i’ll make it a bit smaller cause i have to bring it to school (by bus) but thanks for the idea! 😀

  • Kate

    Darling! Where do you get the fringe steamers?? That’s so much easier than cutting them myself!

  • distribuidor de material escolar

    I have raised it to my girls and they have been shocked! in a few words it seemed like a great idea, thank you.

  • Pooja jain

    Its very nice information for me……………………..thank you for sharing

  • Pramod yadav

    very nice article……………………very use full for me

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