Upcycled Crafts: Pinatas
For this week’s craft blog, we’d like to highlight our efforts at making pinatas for events both at Recycled Reads and at other branches of Austin Public Library. More specifically, the pinatas We just made, shoe shaped pinatas, are for our upcoming programs during April, which is also Million Mile Month. You can learn more about Million Mile Month at their website, but a brief explanation is spreading the word about fitness by challenging the community to log a million miles during the month of April, either through walking, running, or cycling.
To make these pinatas, we used two small cardboard boxes for the frames, cutting out the middle of each side, leaving just a skeleton framework. We had volunteers cover this frame work with newspaper soaked in water mixed with glue, aka papier mache. To make the toe and top portion of the shoe, we used stiff poster paper to create a framework and papier mached over that.
After letting the pinatas dry over night, we had a fresh batch of volunteers come to decorate them using precut paper. Another volunteer (we couldn’t do these great feats without volunteers!) laboriously cut fringe onto pages of damaged books, with which we decorated the pinatas with. Below are some photos of the still-wet shoes, and then me modelling the finished product.
Come see our pinatas in person! We’ll have one at the Million Mile event at the Milwood branch on Saturday April 12th at 10:30am and at Recycled Reads on Sunday April 27th at 12pm.
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