DIY Piñata Tree from Blow Up!

by Kate on December 9, 2011

Before you head out for the weekend, you should make a quick stop by the art store for a few supplies, because we have a special treat to share. Kristin Eddington and Clarissa Roudabush, the talented ladies behind the multidisciplinary design studio Blow Up!, have created a fun festive holiday DIY for us! I’ll let Clarissa and Kristin take it away, but be sure to check out their other projects, including their pretty polyhedral garland. Have a great weekend everyone!

For those small spaces that can’t fit a real Christmas tree, we designed this little Piñata tree to jazz up your space and bring holiday cheer. We were inspired by Paul Rand’s signature color pallet to give the tree a mid century modern and graphic flare. Ours is sitting on our studio conference table and really brightens up the room! — Clarissa + Kristin

You will need:

  • Hand Saw
  • Scissors
  • Paper cone
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Dowel
  • Construction Paper
  • Hot glue

1. Cut the styrofoam ball in half with the hand saw.

2. Saw down the dowel to roughly 22″ long. Add a little hot glue to the end of the dowel and stick it into the center of one half of the styrofoam ball.

3. Glue your Cone to the other end of the dowel.

4. Cut Paper Strips with fringe to wrap your cone. Completely wrap and glue your paper strips until the cone is fully covered.

5. Add a miniature paper cone on the top to make a perfect point at the tip. Voila!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel Turner December 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

we LOVE this! great idea, gals!

Magda December 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

Dear Kate, I wanted to write to you how much I love and enjoy your posts. It is for people like you that this world is beautiful. Thank you for the endless inspiration. Wishing you a merry Christmas. Magda.

kate December 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Magda, what a nice thing to say! I am so glad you like everything :) The Anthology team is so grateful for feedback like yours, and we will keep bringing you the good stuff in 2012, I promise!

Ali December 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Wow! That’s amazing! Great idea :)

Christen December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

simply fantastic. would be great at a kids cookie party! thanks for posting, I included it in a round up on trees on my blog:

Harper December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Dina December 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

I absolutely love it! Fantastic!

A Full Classroom July 5, 2012 at 6:38 am

I absolutely love this blog! I teach 5th grade and there are so many projects here that my students would enjoy – - and skills to tie in with subject areas. THANK you for sharing! ~Nancy

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