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With my entire immediate family having birthdays in Summer; Summertime is Birthday season. I really don’t mind since I love celebrating birthdays, but more importantly I love picking out the perfect card. Greeting cards are an essential part of gift giving since they add that personal touch. When it comes to adults I go with humor but when it comes to children I like to find cards that interest them. My daughter will be turning 3 in August and this year she’s in love with butterflies, so finding the perfect Butterfly card by American Greetings was easy.
She’s so in love with Butterflies I even found her matching gift wrap at Walmart in the card and party decor aisles. American Greetings has a great selection of Birthday Cards, gift bags and birthday gift wrap. I can’t wait to see her face light up when she see’s the Butterflies!
Here’s what you’ll need to make a Butterfly Pinata.
Pencil or Marker
Wire or String for hanging
Paper Mache (Flour & Water)
Pipe Cleaners (Optional)
Don’t forget your American Greetings Birthday Cards and Gift Wrap!
Step 1: Print out a Butterfly template. You can download and use this template but you’ll need to adjust it to the size you want. I made mine about 22″ wide.
Step 2: Trace around the template onto a piece of cardboard. I first traced with pencil then once the shape was what I wanted I used a marker to outline the final design.
Step 3: Cut out the butterfly.
Step 4: Take the cardboard butterfly and trace it onto another piece of cardboard.
Step 5: Cut out the 2nd butterfly.
Step 6: Cut several 8″ long strips of cardboard. You’ll use these to make the the sides of the Butterfly. I made mine about 8″ long x 4″ wide.
Step 7: Fold the cardboard in 2″ on each side. This will make the space between each side of the butterfly about 4″ wide.
Step 8: Using duct tape, tape the folded strips of cardboard to one side of the butterfly.
Step 9: Tape the second side to create the walls. Repeat this all the way around.
Step 11: Make Paper Mache. I used 1/2 cup Flour & 1 cup Water. You’ll also need to cut newspaper into strips.
Step 12: Dip the newspaper into the paper mache and add to the entire pinata. I only added 1 layer making sure to overlap each piece about 3/4″. Let it completely dry.
Step 13: Cut the crepe paper. The easiest way is to take 1 long piece and fold it several times, then cut the fringe.
Step 14: Glue the fringe to the entire butterfly. It’s best to always start at the bottom.
Step 15: To create the details I cut templates out of paper. Then repeat the above steps and cover the templates with crepe paper.
Step 16: Glue the detail pieces directly onto the piñata.
Step 17: Add pipe cleaners to the wire to create antennas.
This was really easy to make; however, applying the crepe paper was time consuming. Either way, seeing my daughters expression when she saw it complete was amazing! Plus, she loved her Butterfly card and gift wrap by American Greetings.