DIY 80’s Style Boombox Pinata


Sarah probably pitched the idea for a Boombox Pinata because she wanted an excuse to dance (as if she needed one)! BUT I was super excited to make the perfect blend of a pink SHARP QT-50 and the J1 Super Jumbo. From Say Anything to Do the Right Thing, the boombox was such a staple of 80’s pop culture. This piñata would be such a rad addition to a summer 80’s themed party, or to finally fulfill your teenage dream of having the biggest deck on the block. Read on to see how we made it!

DIY 80's Style Boombox Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY 80's Style Boombox Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY 80's Style Boombox Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Cardboard, colored cardstock, silver mirrorboard, packing tape, hot glue gun, pink tissue paper, silver mylar folds, scissor, x-acto knife, ruler, white gesso, twine

Step 1: Measure a rectangle the size you want your boombox onto cardboard and cut it out with the x-acto knife (our pinata was 16-½ x 27”). Trace the rectangle onto another cardboard and cut out the mirror image.

Step 2: Cut out strips of cardboard 4-½” wide for each side of the rectangle. Attach the pieces with packing tape on the edges until you have a three-dimensional box. Before you attach all the sides make a small hole in the top center of the pinata. Take a small piece of cardboard and roll it and tie a piece of twine around it. Stick the twine through the hole. Here is where you hang the pinata! Attach the sides leaving a small trapdoor for treats.

Step 3: Cut out a handle from cardboard and trace to make a mirror images. Cut strips of cardboard to connect the sides to make a three dimensional handle. Attach it to the box with the hot glue gun.

Step 4: Paint the boombox white. Let dry.

Step 5: Cut out fringe from tissue and silver mylar about 2” tall and 1 cm wide. Attach the fringe with the hot glue gun, working your way from the bottom to the top. Switch to the silver foil fringe for the handle.

Step 6: Now it’s time for the details! We used cardstock for all ours. Cut big circles for speakers, about 7-¾” wide. Add silver mirrorboard trim to match the handle. Sketch out additional details on the cardstock and cut them out with a pair of scissors.

Step 7: When all the cardstock detail are cut out, attach them with the hot glue gun. Fill the pinata with treats through the trapdoor, glue shut, and you are done!

DIY 80's Style Boombox Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY 80's Style Boombox Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY 80's Style Boombox Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

DIY 80's Style Boombox Pinata | Oh Happy Day!

Crafting by Ida Olmers
Styling & Photography by Naomi Julia Satake

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