MEXICO THEME


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Pancho's Pinata - Stefan Czernecki

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Vests

The vests were the easiest thing. I got a remnant of acrylic fleece that had a nice colorful blanket-style pattern. This type of fabric does not unravel, so I could make cuts without finishing the edges. I cut a rectangle that is approx. 12 inches wide by 30 inches long. I cut a vee shape for the neck by folding the fabric into quarters and snipping the folded corner off. This makes a blanket strip that has a vee hole in the center that they can just slip over their heads and wear over their shirt. To finish it, I just cut the front and back bottom edge so that they are fringed. Again, because the fabric does not ravel (kind of like felt) I could just make the cuts into the fabric.
~Submitted by Laurie

Paper Flowers

These are just those tissue paper flowers that we made when we were kids. Put several colors of tissue paper on top of each other and fold back and forth like an accordian. I bought some of those plastic cup and sticks that you can use to attach balloons. I just put the accordian folded paper into the cup and spread the tissue paper out into the flower shape. Now we have all these flowers on sticks for decorating.
~Submitted by Laurie

Pinata

Basically, mix flour and water into a paste and use the paste and newspaper strips to cover a blown up balloon. Leave a section at the bottom uncovered for filling. Once the balloon is covered well, let it dry a day or so until hard. Pop the balloon and fill the pinata with treats and then using more paper and paste, cover the hole. After the hole has dried you can make the pinata into any shape you like. Ours is a funny looking bird, but you could do a pig or anything else that comes to mind. To decorate, cut squares of tissue paper approx. 3" x 3". Fold the tissue square around a pencil tip and dip the tip end into glue and attach to pinata. Cover the entire pinata with the folded tissue squares.

~Submitted by Laurie



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