We love pinatas. They're the perfect combination of decoration, activity, and party favor dispenser. But sometimes the idea of all that gloppy paper mache and starting a week in advance to accommodate all the drying time is a little too much, especially on top of all the other party planning stress. That's why we were thrilled to come across this awesome, non-paper mache pinata tutorial.
When Alicia Traveria was a kid, her mother taught her how to make traditional Cuban pinatas. The technique involves building a simple cardboard frame (no gloppy paste!) and can be made incredibly intricate with the application of tiny bits of tissue paper. Her blog has really cool photos of pinatas from her childhood, and her tutorial shows you how to create Luke Skywalker, although you could easily modify the instructions for any shape you want. Check out her etsy shop, too, for her non-pinata but totally amazing original art.
(Images: Alicia Traveria)