DIY: A Piñata in a Box

Hello Everyone!

I have another DIY for you today and it is a new take on a piñata!

Today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means you will be seeing a Xyron product in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® Tape Runner. I've talked about the tape runner before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Lawn Fawn! Now if you have never heard of Lawn Fawn, they are a company which makes ADORABLE stamps and lawn cuts (die cuts)! You have probably seen some of their critter stamps and lawn cuts, used in a variety of card projects on the internet. Besides stamps and lawn cuts they also make paper packs and other crafting supplies.

Now, Lawn Fawn has some of the cutest stamps on the planet! When I saw their new stamp called ''Year Seven'' (which is a piñata), I knew I had to get it. Once I got the stamp set, I knew I wanted to make a project called ''a piñata in a box''. Honestly, I liked the way the title sounded and thought it would be a fun project to make. So today, I will be showing you how to take all those aspects that you love about a normal piñata but make it more ''gift-able''.

In addition, keeping reading this post to the very bottom to find out about two giveaways!!

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Lawn Fawn:  Year Seven - Stamp
Die-Cut Machine (I'm using Cuttlebug) (not pictured)
We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board and 1 piece of scrapbook paper (optional)
Small Premade Box (optional/not pictured)
Crepe Paper Streamers
Acrylic Block
Black Ink

Step 1: Create the size box that you want to use for this project. I ended up using the WRMK 123 Punch board for this project but you could use a premade box or follow a box making tutorial. 

Regardless of what you do, don't use tape when making your box! Use the Xyron Tape Runner because it has the same sticky adhesive that you love in the sticker makers, which makes your box much more durable. Also, you can use the Xyron Tape Runner to get cleaner edges and a more professional look with your making your box.

Step 2: Cut pieces of crepe paper streamers that can be wrapped around your box. Then cut several slits into the crepe paper streamers to create fringe. However, make sure you only cut half way up the crepe paper streamer. 

Step 3: Turn over your crepe paper streamer fringe and use your Xyron Tape Runner to apply adhesive on the top portion (which is not the fringe). Then press the crepe paper streamer to one side of your box and wrap it around the entire box. Keep repeating this process until your box is completely covered in your crepe paper streamer fringe.

Crafty Tip: I found that it was easier to apply the bottom layer of fringe first (the blue), then the top layer (the pink) and finally the middle layers. By doing this, I was able to get a better look of the fringe being evenly layered.

Step 4: Grab your Lawn Cut and your Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes Petite Paper Pack. Then follow the directions for your specific die cut machine and begin cutting out your pieces.

I ended up cutting out 4 little piñata and a bunch of candy.

Step 5: Once you have your die cuts, grab your Year Seven stamp set! Then stamp out your images on the right die cut. To do this, simply adhere your stamps to an acrylic block and stamp the image on top of the appropriate die cut.

Step 6: Grab your box and your stamped die cuts. Then flip each stamped die cut over and apply a small amount of adhesive on the back, using the Xyron Tape Runner. Finally, take each stamped die cut piece and adhere it to the top edge of your box. You will want to repeat this step for each side of your box.

Once all your stamped die cut pieces have been added to your box, you are now ready to fill it up with some candy and small toys!

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Now you may be asking yourself the question, ''what is the purpose of a piñata in a box''? Well, in my opinion, this idea would make a great gift to cheer up a friend if there feeling down or to simply surprise them for being an awesome friend! Also, even though I only included candy and a few little toys (for fun) in the box, you could easily turn this into a birthday box by adding in small objects (like lipstick) or a giftcard. Either way, the goal is to spread a little bit of happiness and to make someone smile!

So, I bet you are now wondering about that giveaway (lol)!  

Well, Xyron and Lawn Fawn are both having a giveaway this week. Each company is going to giveaway a $50 prize pack that includes a $25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn and a Xyron Mega Runner. Below, is how you can enter for both giveaways!

To enter the Xyron giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment on any (or all) Lawn Fawn projects on the Xyron FB page this week.

To enter the Lawn Fawn giveaway all you need to do is comment on their blog (specifically the Xyron Hop blog posts).

As always, to follow along with all the crafty fun and to never miss a new design team member's project, check out Xyron's Facebook and Pinterest page!

What do you think? Do you like this piñata in a box?

xo Katie

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