Easy Boo & Chain Chomp PiΓ±atas

πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚  Boo & Chain Chomp PiΓ±atas



As mentioned in the previous post, we did all hand made decorations for this cool Super Birthday Boy's MARIO PARTY.  

Here we are going to take a closer look at the fun Boo and Chain Chomp piΓ±ata. (Quick, easy Balloon BooπŸ‘» at the bottom of this page.)

Boo and Chomps were made with the children. These piΓ±atas are pretty easy using a simple balloon piΓ±ata for the base.
(Here is just a quick run down. These posts are more for ideas. Please use your own best judgement.)

You will need;
large balloons
white glue, like Elmer's glue
acrylic paint
paint brushes
rope or string
tapestry needle (optional)
exacto knife (optional)
bowl, to mix in

Cover work surface. (This can be messy.)

Blow up balloons. (Fun to let the kids do this while you prepare things.)

Tear or cut newspaper into 1.5"-2" wide strips. (Fun for kids.)

Mix glue and water in a bowl, 2 parts glue to 1 part water. (Have kids stir and note thickness and color of mixture.)

Once you have everything ready.

You can use a mug or other low, heavy cup to sit your balloon in (tape balloon to cup if necessary).

Dip strips of newspaper through the glue mixture and lay flat (as possible) on your balloon. You can try different lengths to see what lays best. Lay strips in different directions to get better coverage.

Let dry and add second layer. Make sure no surface of the balloon is visible.

Once completely dry, pop the balloon and pull out thru the hole, this will be your fill hole.

You can now start painting your piΓ±ata.

Depending on your design, use black for Chain Chomp or white for Boo, as the base color.

Let this dry thoroughly. You will need 2 coats for best results.

Take your pencil, and using reference photos, sketch a face on your piΓ±ata.

Paint your face.

Once this has dried, use your exacto knife to poke small holes on the top on either side of the piΓ±ata. Take a tapestry needle and string/yarn and fish it thru, starting on the outside, thru the inside, and out the other hole. Tie as long as you need it. You could also put the string thru each hole and tie/tape it down securely on the each side, if that works for you.

Fill your piΓ±ata!

You can cover the hole by gluing on a small square piece of colored construction paper. If making Chomp, you can add the chain mentioned below to help cover this.

We added a chain to our Chain Chomp, fashioning a paper chain.

To get the right look, we painted over black construction paper with thinned white paint. Cut in strips and had the kids glue these together in a chain. I also cut a bigger strip to put at the top of Chain Chomp, to help cover the hole and look more like Chomps, you can kind of see this in the picture below.

When the glue on the paper chain didn't hold, I stapled them all securely.

You can see that ours is lumpy, but the kids had a blast making them, and were very pleased with their piΓ±atas. 

They had fun destroying them as wellπŸ’£


Another quick and easy way to make a Boo is to draw a face with sharpie on a white balloon. 

Be sure to add lots of these floating around your party  πŸ‘»
Halloween Parties as well!

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May you find joy & inspiration!

Pictures from 2013 ©Cathleen ~ Doily Designs

Came up with this quick gift for the birthday boy to carry his tiny treasures;
Crochet Bomb bagπŸ’£  Check back for the pattern.

Mario & Yoshi DIY Decorations

🎈Super Mario Birthday Party⭐🎈


Super fun homemade Mario Party Birthday decorations for our Super Birthday Boy!

All of the decorations seen pictured above are hand made. From the gift bags, label's for water bottles, piΓ±atas, birthday cards, birthday sign, even the games we played, you name it, it was made by hand. Lot's of kids crafts and fun, plus adult crafts and fun!

Since there is a lot to share, there will be separate posts for each craft.  Please visit Doily Designs home page to find more.

We will start here with the Mario Birthday Sign..... 

The sign was a lot of fun. Constructed with cutout pieces of construction paper, backed with cardboard, like cereal boxes, for stiffness, though, I would recommend you use colored card stock and print these if possible, unless you just really like coloring, cutting and gluing. 
Using pictures for references to the super blocks, and brick blocks, Mario character, etc.  I cut out the letters and glued those on, and drew lines to resemble bricks on the brown squares. 

Do black and white prints for the characters, and color them yourself, or have the kids color. 
Notice the mushroom πŸ„ is a 4 up, reflecting child's age. 

You will want to make sure to leave room for punching 2 holes in each piece to run a string thru. Use whatever string you have on hand, most anything should work. 
The point is to HAVE FuN :)

Hang your sign & there you go.....


HappY BiRthDaY, to all YoU SuPeR BirtHdAy BoYs & GirLs!

We had so much fun the whole week making each of these projects for the big day. A weeks worth of crafts. Visit Chain Chomp piΓ±ata post to see more about the crazy Chomps you may have noticed hanging there πŸ’£. 
Another really fun Super Mario Party Decoration ~

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May you find joy and inspiration!

Crochet Owl Phone Case

Patches ♡ the Patriotic Owl Pal

Share your love for America with this spirited little owl pal. With its adorable patriotic flare, owl pouch helps protect and carry your phone, or other accessories.

You can find Patches hanging out on Etsy.  

Choose to make the owl simple with no accessories, like pictured above, or with owl horns and stars, pictured below.

Patches the Patriotic Owl Pal is part of Doily Designs American Flag Pattern Collection.

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Best wishes and Happy crocheting!


American Flag Blanket

Doily Designs

Boho Granny Diverse Stitch 

Crochet American Flag Blanket

Part of the American Flag Crochet Pattern Collection 

Share your love for the USA with this newly designed American Pride Crochet Collection.  Designed with old fashion charm and modern Bohemian, chunky style. 

American flag blanket, Queen/King, measures approximately 60 in x 80 in. To have this spirited and unique flag afghan made just for you, or to purchase the crochet pattern, please visit Doily Designs on Etsy or Ravelry.

If you crochet, this fun, illustrated pattern guides you thru each stitch, of the 50 stars, and the 13 red and white stripes, to create this heart warming, patriotic afghan. With its diverse stitches, the design is sure to keep even the experienced crocheter engaged.

Boho Granny ~ Diverse Stitch ~ American Flag ~ Crochet Pattern ~ 

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Best wishes & Happy crocheting!

Cathleen Wake Gorbatenko ©July2021

American Flag Collection

Doily Designs

Boho Granny American Flag 

Crochet Pattern Collection

Crochet American Flag Pattern Collection features the Boho Granny Diverse Stitch American Flag BlanketBoho Granny Diverse Stitch American Flag Blanket, & the American Flag Heart Pillow set. Collection also includes,  Patriotic Mandala Doily, USA Star Coaster, Tiny Star & Tiny Star Charm,  Firecracker the Owl Pillow, Patches the Patriotic Owl Phone Pal, Patriotic Popsicle Holders,  plus more. 

These items can be found handmade especially for you at Doily Designs on Etsy.

Patriotic pattern book comes with illustrated instructions to create each of these spirited new, USA inspired, crochet collectables. If you prefer, you can find each pattern sold separately.

American Flag Heart Pillow Collection, Tiny Heart...

along with large, medium and small, versatile American Flag Heart Pillow patterns.

Find the 9 x 9 in adorable little, patriotic lovey size Small American Flag Heart Pillow Plush made for you, or grab yourself a hook, yarn and the pattern on Etsy, as well as Ravelry.

The versatile Small American Flag Pillow Pattern, can be made up in a variety of colors, including  Texas Heart


Tiny & Original Americana Bunting

Diverse Stitch Americana Doily to match.

Diverse Stitch Americana Doily
Diversity in colors and stitches make this a fun project to create different looks and designs.

Pattern includes instructions to make Patches in a variety of ways!

Free pattern

Patriotic Mandala Doily is a quick and easy, versatile pattern for creating this great table topper in a multitude of colors like this fun Summertime Watermelon Doily.

Patriotic Popsicle Holders

And More~!
~Summer 2021~

Cathleen Wake Gorbatenko ©2021

Inspired by my Dad♡

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Planter Cozy

 Super Simple Planter πŸ€ Cozy

This was a quick addition to a gift for my MIL. I had designed her the Crochet Mandala Doily Rug. It was made with 2 strands of cotton held together, and when I finished, there was lots of leftover yarn. These yarn scraps were great for adding a few small gifts to match her rug gift. One of these small gifts was this simple planter cover. It slides on and off easily, and for decorative purpose and extra security, it has a drawstring bow. There is no bottom, to allow for water drainage.

I recommend cotton for this, but you could use anything you choose. Here is a quick rundown of what I did. Sorry, it is not in pattern format.

Using a large hook, like a K hook. 
Make a Ch long enough to fit around the planter, in multiples of 5. 
You do not want it loose or the finished cozy may be too loose. 
Join without twisting, with a Sl st in beg Ch, 
(Ch 5 = Dc), (Ch 2, Dc) in same sp,
 *Skip 1, (Dc, Ch 2, Dc),* repeat * to * around. 
Joining with Sl st in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 5,
Sl st into Ch 2 sp,
Repeating (V = Dc, Ch 2, Dc), in each Vst's Ch 2 space, for as many rnds as needed. FO. Make a Ch for a drawstring, and thread through each V.

I designed and gave her these back in 2011. She had that pot sitting outside for more than 5 years, nurturing the plant we had given her. She ended up planting the flowers in her garden and retiring the pot. The rug was also there for just as long, if not longer. I still see her put it out every now and then. ♡ 

Crochet Mandala Doily Rug

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Cranberry Pineapple Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

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