There are two things in life I am absolutely obsessed with... donkeys (I would be the happiest person alive if my hubby would let me have a mini donkey!) and piñatas. So when I saw these mini fiesta donkeys on the Oriental Trading site, I knew I had to have them for our Fiesta Forever GNO.
This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. However, I only promote products I love and all ideas and opinions are my own.
Only thing I didn't like about these cute little fellas... they weren't the pretty pastel colors I had envisioned for our theme. Enter my good friend Rustoleum (spray paint allll the things!) in the colors of French Lilac, Ocean Mist, Gloss Berry Pink and Candy Pink.
Supplies for this craft:
After spray painting the donkeys a solid color, sit back and let them dry. This is the hardest part of the process for an impatient gal like me. They took for-EVER to dry! I think it has something to do with the plastic itself, but I'm no chemical engineer!
While I waited for them to dry, I cut long strips of tissue paper, in two different lengths. They don't need to be perfectly straight (said as the perfectionist in me cringes!).
Once you have them all cut you'll fringe the edges. When cutting the fringe, be careful not to cut all the way to the top or you'll end up with a bunch of really short strips (I may or may not be speaking from experience). This is probably where the fringe scissors would be helpful I would guess.
After you've finished cutting the fringe, start with the color you'd like to have as your bottom layer, and work your way around the donkey, adding a dab of hot glue here and there to adhere the fringe.
Then apply another layer...
...and another layer. I didn't want to go too overboard with the layers so I stopped at three. But you could certainly add more if that floats your boat!
I also added the tissue fringe in the opposite direction on half of the donkeys. I think they quite look like cute skirts, no?
After they're all finished, add them to your table decor here and there. They would make perfect party favors for your guests!
As you can also see from a few of the pictures, we also applied the same technique to the DIY ceramic mini flowerpots and the DIY wood maracas. We will be using both of these items during our GNO as craft projects for the littles, but wanted to give them a fun color to start as a base.