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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! 

Halloween 2016 by Julia Walck

I made two costumes this Halloween because I'm an overachiever; I just love any excuse to dress up. 

At work each floor has a different theme for Halloween. Ours was party animals and it worked out perfectly for me as I was already planning on being a piñata.

I found a dress at Buffalo Exchange for $10, decided on a color palette, and bought a few yards of fabric. Using scissors and fabric glue, I constructed the dress layer by layer. I already had a severed piñata head just lying around the apartment (don't ask), and I used that as a hat by adding a bit of elastic and A LOT of balance.

My costume was a real hit at the work party! 

I went as a rainbow to a mainly gay party in Burbank. No that was not planned, it just sort of happened. 

This giant rainbow is made out of presentation board, tissue paper and tinsel. There's a strap at the top hot-glue-gunned on so I could wear it as a necklace. I wore a black dress underneath to not take away from the color. And rain boots! Because not wearing heels is the best idea ever for a Halloween costume. I topped it all off with a silver tinsel wig to match my clouds and used spirit gum to slap some glitter on my face. 

I wore my rainbow to work on actual Halloween as well, where basically no one else was dressed up because we'd already had our party the week before. But like I said, any excuse to dress up! 

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And lastly, I didn't feel like carving a pumpkin so I confetti-ed one!