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DIY Piñata Favor Boxes sure to be a “hit” at your party


Hola mis amigas y amigos! Mexican Independence Day is coming up on September 16th so all this week, I am sharing piñata inspired projects. It's piñata week!! See all the projects from the week at the end of this post. Today I am sharing a piñata inspired favor box tutorial using the Sizzix eclips2 DIY Electronic Cutter.  My family always throws a huge party at my parents' ranch in Southern California in the middle of September to celebrate the “true Mexican Independence Day”. It's not Cinco De Mayo! The party is a great way to end the summer and to celebrate our heritage going into the fall holiday season. My family usually asks me to make something crafty for the party so this year, I'm making these DIY piñata inspired favor boxes.


These pretty piñata boxes make great favors or place markers; offer them in a basket to guests as they come in the door or label them with guests' names and place them on their plates at the dinner table. This post contains affiliate links for the supplies listed – I get a few cents if you buy something when clicking the links. This box can be created with the Sizzix eclips2 DIY Electronic Cutter and several shapes from the Sizzix eShape store plus a Sizzix Bigz Die – Flowers, 3-D #2 and the Sizzix Big Shot Plus. I combined both electronic and manual cutting to make a really unique and fun favor everyone will adore!


Here's how to create DIY piñata favor boxes with the Sizzix eclips2 DIY Electronic Cutter and Sizzix Big Shot Plus:

This tutorial shares how to take a shape from the eShape store, the Ukulele, and create a multi-layered paper pieced die cut inside of the eCal2 software. I also shared how to color code the pieces of the image to pre-design the piece within the eCal2 software so you can be sure your design looks perfect before cutting out all of the pieces.


I used the Sizzix Bigz Die – Flowers, 3-D #2 and Sizzix Big Shot Plus to create fringe strips with brightly colored tissue paper for the piñata effect. I added strips of the die cut tissue paper to the lid of the box to complete the piñata look, using scissors to trim the edges of the tissue along the sides of the die cut box. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the tissue fringe to the box but any white glue would work as well (and probably won't burn your fingers!). Once the fringe is attached to the box, gently crumple it with your hands. Add the ukulele and label die cuts to the box with foam tabs.


When cutting layered die cuts, start with the darkest color as the base to make the colors of the die cut pieces pop. In this case, the center of the guitar hole was black so I used black cardstock to create the base of the layered ukulele die cut. Gluing all of the elements to the base shape also creates a strong die cut that can stand up to handling when used to decorate party favors like these piñata favor boxes.


Before assembling, I inked all of the edges of the papers with my favorite ink and ink applicator. I then used white glue to assemble the ukuleles. After cutting and assembling the multi-colored ukuleles, I added them to labels from the Many Artisan Labels by Michelle Renee set from the Sizzix eShape Store with foam tabs. The base of the box was created with the Long Triangle Box from the Sizzix eShape Store.


Filled with candy, mints, or party poppers, these festive boxes will make every guest at the party feel “extra especial”. These boxes are sure to be a “hit” at your next fiesta!


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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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  1. This is really cute!! I love how creative you are, and I don’t mind doing a lot of DIY stuff. It’s so much fun, and in the future when I settle down with family, I’ll definitely do a lot of DIY like this with them! ^^

  2. What a beautiful and creative DIY party supply! I really LOVE these darling pinata favor boxes. For children of all ages it’s so much fun to break open a pinata and discover a secret stash of mini toys and yummy treats. For each and every child at a party to have a tiny pinata of their own to enjoy is such a sweet and thoughtful party idea. 🙂

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