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Piñata Wall Backdrop DIY by Julia Walck

I felt like my new studio space needed a pop of color, so I made a DIY piñata wall backdrop. How can you not smile when you're surrounded by a vibrant, wall sized piñata?! 

When it comes to projects like this it's go big or go home for me. I was already home, so I went big! 8ft x 7ft to be exact, but you can make your DIY piñata wall however big your heart desires.

SUPPLIES: 

  • 2-5 colors of tissue paper (we used a total of 80 sheets)
  • scissors
  • double sided tape

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Start by taking one piece of tissue paper and cut it in half.
     
  • Fold each of those pieces in half.
     
  • Try to make it as even as possible and press down to crease. Don't worry if your fold is a bit wonky, you can take your scissors to the non folded edge and trim off the wonkiness to straighten it out.
  • Starting at the edge where the paper is separated, cut lines about 1" apart from one another. Don't cut all the way through the folded side; you want to leave about .5" of a solid piece above each cut.
     
  • Cut until you've completed the strip.
  • Continue the folding and cutting process with all of your pieces.
  • Pick a surface to mount your tissue paper strips onto. You can put this directly on your wall, or a large piece of paper such as butcher paper.
     
  • Grab your double sided tape and stick little pieces on one side of your strip. Place the tape on each edge, and in the middle for security.
     
  • Flip your tissue paper strip over and press down to adhere onto your surface. Make sure you start this process going from bottom to top of your final piece, and continue side to side for your desired width. Make sure you start this process from the bottom of your final piece. Continue side to side until you've reached your desired width before you start your second row. You'll be working upwards from here.
  • Take a different colored strip and place it on top of your first color. Line it up so a bit of the first color peeks through.
     
  • Tape the edges and middle of this second strip and push down to stick.
     
  • Continue this row by row process until you've filled up your area entirely! 

Bam! Now you have a super fun piñata wall that's always photo ready. Time to strike a pose! 

All Wrapped Up in Christmas '16 by Julia Walck

Last weekend we threw our 2nd annual Christmas party with the theme of "All Wrapped Up in Christmas". We didn't tell anyone that the theme meant we were wrapping the walls of our entire living and dining room area in wrapping paper.

To top it off, we replaced all framed photos in the apartment with vintage Christmas cards that we found... and more wrapping paper.

In total, wrapping the walls took 17 rolls of wrapping paper, 9 rolls of double sided tape and 10 and 1/2 hours of work! It was 100% worth it!

FOR DRINKS

We set up a table area with 5 pre-made cocktails and the recipes to go along with them. All were de-lic-ious.

Give 'em a whirl yourself! Here's the recipe links for you to try: (L to R below) Pomegranate Orange Punch, *Black Cherry Bittered Sling, Christmas Cookie Cocktail, and Holiday Sangria. Not pictured: Spiked Hot Cocoa

*From the book, Craft Cocktails

FOR FUN

I made a massive tinsel photo backdrop in our studio space. It entailed 90ft of tinsel and some packing tape. It was easily the quickest photo backdrop I've ever made.

I found a terrifying Santa piñata head in the piñata district a few weeks back and I knew I had to get him as a prop for this. We also had some antlers, santa hats, candy canes and Rudolph noses.

The night ended with a really intense game of White Elephant. I "won" (note those quotation marks) a WWE action figure that had a pack of croutons taped to the side. Yeah I don't understand it either. And no I did not eat the croutons.

Some people stuck around and we played some drinking games and then had a huge brunch the next day.

The Monday following the party was my first holiday vacation day off from work. I looked around and realized we had so much wrapping paper left, and had a genius idea. While Jack was gone at work, I spent my first day off by wrapping all of our furniture in wrapping paper.

Under all those polka dots on the TV stand are 110 individually wrapped DVDs. I'm like REALLY good at wrapping presents now, guys.

I have no idea what we're going to do next year to top this... but I think we should start planning now.