Whether you’re looking for a great way to surprise your kiddo on their first day of school, or you’re looking for the perfect gift for their new teacher, this apple piñata is your answer! It’s easy to make with a cereal box and tissue paper, and it can be stuffed with school supplies for the littlest of recipients, or filled with classroom gifts for the soon-to-be teacher.
Red Tissue Paper or Crepe Paper
White School/Craft Glue
Tear down the seams of your cereal box and flatten it. Cut an apple shape out of one side of the cardboard, then trace it on the other side and cut out. You’ll have two apple shapes total. With the remaining cardboard, cut out a stem shape and a few 2″ wide strips which will form the sides of the piñata. Also cut a leaf shape out of your green paper.
Trim a 1 1/2 inch strip off the bottom of your sheets of tissue paper and fringe one side of them.
Now that your pieces are prepped, it’s time to put this apple together! Using masking tape, tape your cardboard strips along one of your apple shapes as you see below. Attach two strips together with tape in order to go all the way around the apple. Repeat with the other apple shape, forming an enclosed box. Be sure to add the goodies inside before taping up those last few inches!
Starting at the bottom of your apple, glue strips of fringe to the cardboard, starting each row about 1/2″ above the last. Work your way all the way to the top and then fringe the other side.
Fringe the sides in the same manner. Start at the center bottom of the apple and work your way up one side to the top. Then go back to the bottom and do the same with the other side.
Once all your fringe is on, trim any excess trim you see hanging off the front or back of your apple.
Glue your leaf to your stem and then bend a 1/4″ of the bottom of the stem under and use that as a tab to glue your stamp to your apple. Done!
Happy back-to-school season!
All Photos: Kelly Lanza