DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate

DIY Flamingo Piñata

DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateWe are taking a slight break from the typical Valnetine’s DIYs and Super Bowl goodies that should be going up right about now to share with you a fun DIY I made for my birthday that was on Sunday. It’s still pink though so it might be able to pass for Valentine’s Day.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateActually, this DIY flamingo piñata might do pretty well at a Galentine’s party if I do say so myself. It’s pink, it’s full of candy, it’s a flamingo – perfect for any party really.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateYou might be wondering why I chose a flamingo piñata of all things. Well, to be perfectly honest, I’ve seemed to have collected or made a lot of flamingo themed things this past year. I guess when you’ve got a whole flock of flamignos around you you sort of become associated as the flamingo lady, a title I will gladly hold.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateDIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateYou also might be wondering why flamingos of all creatures. I’m not too sure tbh. Maybe it’s because they are pink or that they stand on one leg or that they have funny necks, who really knows – just call me crazy flamingo lady and leave it at that.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateI knew I wanted to make a piñata for my birthday since I made one for Rose’s and made a cactus one, it was just a matter of what to make a piñata of. Looking back on the year flamingos seemed to come up more than once so it was a pretty easy decision from there. Now we’ve got a nice little flamingo added to our ever growing piñata collection.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateMaterials:

  • Cardboard boxes – cereal boxes worked really well
  • Cardboard paper towel rolls and/or toilet paper rolls
  • Exacto knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Streamers in pink, orange, and white
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • A helping hand

How to make the flamingo piñata:

  1. I apologize in advance for the pictures of this DIY – I needed both my hands to do most of the steps so it was a bit tricky photographing it as well, but I will do my best to describe the process. Start with drawing a flamingo body shape onto cardboard and cut out using an exacto knife. Trace this body onto another piece of cardboard and cut that out as well. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  2. Cut out a lot a lot of strips of cardboard about 2 inches across – these will be what connects the two layers of the flamingo body (and the rest of the flamingo later). I found the sides of cereal boxes were the perfect size. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  3. Cut out a head shape and then trace it onto another piece of cardboard and cut that out as well. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  4. Cut out two feet shapesDIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  5. Now it’s time to glue the two layers together. This is when a helping hand is needed. Take the two layers of the flamingo body and put hot glue on the sides of each of them then quickly place down one of the 2 inch across strips as far as it will go along the body. Do this across the top of the body and most of the bottom – but make sure to leave room for the legs. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  6. To make the legs I used 1 paper towel roll and 3 toilet paper rolls. Place the straight paper towel roll in between the two layers of the body and glue it down with hot glue. To make the bent leg place 1 toilet paper roll in between the two layers of the body and glue it there. Slightly bend another toilet roll and glue it to the first toilet paper roll. Add a third toilet paper roll to the bottom. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  7. For the neck of the bird glue 1 paper towel roll to the body.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  8. For the head, glue each of the two layers to the top of the paper towel roll. Then take another cereal box strip and glue it between the two head layers. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateDIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  9. Glue the feet to the bottom of the two legs.
  10. Now you should have a full flamingo body and can start adding the streamers. To do this start at the bottom of the flamingo (so the legs) and wrap the streamer around the area you are going to put it then cut it to that size. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  11. Add small cuts to one side of the streamer to create the fringe.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  12. Add glue to the top part of the streamer where you didn’t add the fringe. Then carefully glue it onto the birdDIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  13. Continue doing this all the way to the top.
  14. To do the back and top of the head (the cereal boxes) just cut small strips and layer them like you did for the body. Before you do the top of the head make sure to hot glue on a string so it can hang. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate


Now your flamingo is ready to mingle! DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Peace out 24 and hellooo 25! Now I’m taking this flamingo and adding it to my piñata collection.  If you have any suggestions as to another piñata I should attempt – leave them below! Also, if you have any good names to give this pretty lady comment them below! Happy crafting!

DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate

Click here for some more piñata ideas! May I suggest a cactus?

Cindo de mayo cactus pinata | Popcorn & Chocolate

Cactus Pinata

Cindo de mayo cactus pinata | Popcorn & ChocolateOh Cinco de Mayo, what a fun holiday. I remember the first time we celebrated Cinco de Mayo. We were abroad in London, and it was towards the end of our time there. The sun was peaking out from the clouds, and we were in good spirits and decided we wanted tacos. We had no clue it was even Cinco de Mayo. Now, let me just preface this by saying we did not cook a single thing up until this point. It had been a solid 4 months without cooking as the kitchens were deemed scary, and we thus avoided them at all costs (fyi we both were abroad in London at different locations, each with equally scary kitchens). What suddenly possessed us with the desire to finally cook? Who knows, but I speculate it was the taco fairy knocking on our stomachs telling us to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the one way we know how: to eat!Cactus Piñata with flowers | Popcorn & Chocolate That is just what we did. We threw on our running shoes (first time we used those too; the gym was deemed scary too) and jogged to the closest grocery store. Yes, we jogged, we were that excited for tacos. We jogged our way to Sainsbury’s and rushed through the store looking for all the supplies we needed. We were going to make tacos and margaritas and thus needed all the typical fixings. The store had almost everything we needed for the tacos expect the key ingredient the ground beef. We had to jog/walk our way to a different store to pick it up. We were determined.DIY Piñata shaped like a cactus | Popcorn & Chocolate Once back at my dorm, we faced our fears and made our way into the kitchen. We had to “borrow” someone’s pans to cook the beef but we managed to cook everything and had quite the feast ahead of us. We poured ourselves some celebratory margaritas and dug in. It was definitely worth the scary kitchen and all that jogging. We feasted like kings. It was only after the fact that we realized it was Cinco de Mayo so we poured ourselves a second drink and broke out the popcorn for dessert. If only we had this cilantro lime popcorn we made last year!Cactus Piñata made out of cardboard | Popcorn & ChocolatePhew what a day that was! We joke about it now but we always make sure to have something to celebrate with on Cinco de Mayo, if not to remember just how crazy we are sometimes. This year we are planning on sipping on some mango margaritas and breaking into this lovely cactus piñata. Here is how you too can make this wonderfully colorful and festive DIY cactus piñata!


  • Cardboard
  • Poster board
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mod podge
  • Streamers
  • A friend to lend a helping hand



First, draw your cactus shape onto a big piece of cardboard (we used a cardboard box) and cut it out. Then trace the shape onto another piece of cardboard and cut that out too. This will be the front and back of your pinata!

Next you should decide how deep you want your pinata to be (ours is about 3.5 inches). Cut long strips of poster board that are 1 inch longer than the desired depth of your pinata. You will be gluing these to both sides of the cardboard cactus to form the sides of the pinata. This is when an extra set of hands is helpful. Start from the bottom and work your way up one side by putting hot glue on the cardboard edges and pressing the poster board onto the glue. Hold each piece in place for a few seconds before moving on to the next piece to make sure it doesn’t pop off. We did one segment from the bottom to the armpit on one side, then rounded our way up the arm and over the top. If you want your pinata to hang, make sure you punch two holes in the poster board that is going to go over the top before you glue it down so you can put a string through it later.

Once you’re doing the part where the arms curve in in the middle of the cactus, you’ll have to wedge the poster board in there first. We found it easier to crease the poster board a bit with the crease of the cactus to make sure that once that piece was in place, it wouldn’t pop off.

After you’ve carefully glued around your whole pinata, trim any excess poster board. Now you’re ready to start putting the streamers on! Cut strips of streamers long enough to fit around your pinata starting from the bottom. Cut into each strip every inch or so to create the fringe. Then use mod podge to attach the strip all the way around. Work your way up the pinata in whatever color pattern you want, overlapping each row with the one below it by about a half inch. Once you get to the top, thread a string through the hole if you made one to hang it, and you’re done! You’ve now got yourself an awesome cactus pinata and are now part of the #addictedtopinatas club.

DIY colorful cactus piñata | Popcorn & Chocolate

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Comment below on what you like to do to celebrate! What other shapes of pinatas would you make?

Homemade pinatas | Popcorn & Chocolatep.s. here is my ever growing collection of homemade pinatas. We named the cactus Señor and the ram is Lucinda – they are bffffs now (we forced them to be). Go check out this ram I made on my Instagram!

What We Ate 4/12/15 – 4/19/15

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing weekend. I am currently enjoy an acai bowl from home and about to go outside to cheer on the runners in the Boston Marathon. Hopefully the rain will hold off for them today! This week for food we had some special delights as it was someones birthday… Rose turned 23 on last Sunday! We got to enjoy a delicious brownie pie with a big pile of ice cream. Yum, I love birthdays! Here is what else we ate this week:

rice bowl

Sunday: Rice bowl and birthday cake! We had some rice with all sorts of veggies piled in and dressed with soy sauce and some sesame seeds. Simple and delicious! We also made this delicious brownie pie that we enjoyed with extra ice cream and wine; Happy birthday Rose!

Egg sandwich with asparagus

Monday: Egg sandwich with asparagus. This was a throw together whatever we had kind of night. I ended up with this delicious egg sandwich with spinach and a fresh tomato with some sautéed asparagus on the side. I love that asparagus is in season!

risotto with spring veggiesBen & Jerry's ice cream

Tuesday: Risotto with chicken and spring veggies. We sort of followed this recipe, but we already had cooked rice so we changed it up a bit and added our own things. It turned out okay, but probably would have been much better if we had cooked the rice according to the recipe. Oh well! Tuesday was also free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s so we might have had dessert before dinner.. It was positively delicious! We both got The Tonight Dough and yum yum yum it was amazing.

Meatball sandwich

Wednesday: Meatball Sandwich with Veggies. We were planning on doing a different recipe with these turkey meatballs that we picked up at Trader Joe’s but a sandwich sounded better so we whipped up these instead. We cooked the meatballs in some marina sauce and sautéed some zucchini, onion, corn, and carrots to add on top.

Cornbread salad

Thursday & Friday: Cornbread Panzanella Salad from Two Peas & Their Pod. This salad was delicious and just what I wanted. Extra cornbread on top, yes please! We would have had this delicious dish many more nights except our cornbread molded! We put it away when it must have still been a bit moist and as our apartment can get overly heated, it was just not a good combination.

Saturday: It was both my mom’s birthday as well as Rose’s dad’s… coincidence, who knows? Rose went out to dinner with her family to celebrate and I had some pizza on the couch while I caught up with my mom on the phone.

Happy (Belated) Birthday Rose!

Rose turned 23 on April 12th! Here are some of the activities we enjoyed and things that I made for her wonderful birthday. I know this is a bit different from some of our other posts, but we thought it would be nice for you to get to know us a bit better, plus we like to document these things and thought it would be fun to incorporate into our blog.

IMG_5965We started the morning off with some crockpot oatmeal that I had sneakily going all night. After we enjoyed the oats we got dressed and went out hiking in the Blue Hills (post to come shortly). It was nice and refreshing and we both had a grand time.


Who wouldn’t love a bar cart full of presents?! I cut out these tassels from tissue paper and draped them around the cart to make it more festive. It was a super easy and simple decoration to make yourself. We are all about making our own things here in the Popcorn and Chocolate household, and birthdays are no exception. Homemade is always nicer than store bought because it has that extra loving feel to it.


Here are some other homemade popcorn bits that I made and scattered across the table. They kind of look like goldfish here.. While I hid behind a pillow and cut these out on the couch, I made Rose scrunch up white tissue paper into little balls, which I then placed in the popcorn container.

At night Rose put on her party pj’s and opened up her presents. I loved this wrapping paper that I found at the Container Store, it perfectly matched her pjs! IMG_6017IMG_6018IMG_6019

IMG_6020Rose’s reaction to opening up a box full of her favorite popcorn (Pipcorn). I got her the same thing last year and so I knew it would be a hit again. I love that she was so surprised and excited that I got it for her again. A big hit! IMG_6026After presents we stood up to bake Rose’s cake. She wanted a skillet brownie so we followed this recipe, but used oat flour instead of tapioca flour because it’s what we had. It came out delicious, even though we couldn’t get all the candles to stick! Of course we added lots of ice cream and some wine to celebrate. IMG_6032Happy Birthday Rose!

Hope you enjoyed this quick birthday post, we are still trying to find our groove and what exactly we want to post, so please keep with us and let us know what you enjoy to read the most!

Happy Birthday Haley!


Today is a very special day in the Popcorn & Chocolate household. Today is Haley’s 23rd birthday! We love birthdays, so today is going to be full of smiles and surprises! I set up decorations around the house and have spent days crafting and creating to make this birthday special. We’ll share more pictures and how to make some of our decorations, so stay tuned. Spoiler: I made a crown, a bow garland, and tons of stamped wrapping paper and gift tags.


Thursday is a great, relaxing day for a birthday. We are planning to make a fun and delicious dinner (after work) and then, of course, make chocolate cake and eat it with ice cream! Then we can have a second birthday night of fun on Friday (since we both have to work and can’t stay up all night eating ice cream tonight, though we might try!)


The ice cream is our exception to eating no refined sugars for this month.. it’s a birthday, we have to! We will also share the cake we make and post pictures of the fun tonight. Our morning started off with a bit of traffic on the snowy roads, but the sun is out and there’s ice cream in the freezer. Happy birthday Haley!