Tassel Garland & Piñata Making x School of Styling PH
Last week, I was very fortunate to be join the Tassel Garland & Piñata Making workshop of School of Styling Philippines, which was held at the Glorietta 5 Activity Center.
It has been awhile since I had “craft time” so I was very excited! It was a great afternoon spent with other Mommy Bloggers.
We started off by having a Basic Photography course. This was led by Geunice Burgos of Lightkeeper Studios.
“We pride ourselves in capturing moments.” – Geunice
The focus of the workshop is using mobile phones to capture photos, so it was very helpful for me.
She taught us how to get the perfect shot: mind the background, maximize the manual focus, and quality-check photos. She also taught us basic composition: rule of thirds, negative space, and contrast.
The workshop also brushed on some editing techniques. I am no Photoshop guru, so I was happy that she focused on mobile editing apps such as VSCO, Instagram, and Snapseed.
Geunice encouraged us to explore and play with our own style. And of course, be inspired.
“Follow photographers. This way, your eyes get trained to seeing beautiful things”. – Geunice
Tassel Garland + Piñata Making
The next portion was led by Indy Ycasiano of She Dreams in Ink.
Making a tassel garland is easy. You would only need 4 things: Japanese paper, scissors, yarn, and tape. It was been awhile since I last crafted, so I did my first with shaky hands. I got the rhythm eventually and I was able to make 5!
1. Choose a color. Fold it half vertically & horizontally. Cut along one of your folds, creating 2 separate sheets. Divide this into 2 again so you would have 4 segments.
2. Keep the folds at the top of your segment. Cut in strips to create a fringe, leaving 1 inch on top (towards the folded side).
3. Unfold the sheet and roll it along the uncut middle.
4. Twist the rolled piece to make a loop, and secure it with tape.
During the activity, Ms. Indy goes around to check on the participants. The fringes I made were a bit big so it was hard to roll. She gave me one with a smaller fringe from another table so I could try. Using small fringes is way easier.
The piñata was a notch higher in difficulty because we needed to make a mold. A part of me planned to make a basic shape for ease, but the dreamer in me was thinking otherwise. I decided to make a candy-shaped piñata.
My game face was captured by Lightkeeper Studios:
Since it had a lot of corners, I was struggling making the mold. It was miniature so it is much difficult to make. I was tired by the time I finished the mold. No wonder pre-made piñatas are very expensive!
I looked at the other moms who continue to make theirs. I gave myself an inner pep talk , and went back to mine. I wanted this candy piñata, I will finish it!
Tip for beginners: start with a basic shape with less corners.
1. After the base is stable, make a hole for where you would put the string. Also, create a flap on where you would put the candies. (I didn’t make the candy hole for mine since I’m just planning to display it.
2. Cover your mold with the paper. This way, it creates a solid background so you wouldn’t see bits of tape here and there. Since Japanese paper is thin, I covered mine twice.
3. Layer with fringe. Start at the bottom! Also, make sure fringe that you use is small. Mine is a bit big so it doesn’t look that good 🙁 After you’re done adding fringe, make sure to put some on the sides too.
4. Trim the figure afterwards so you can see the shape.
People recognized that mine is candy-shaped, so I was happy that it was recognizable. Making a piñata is easy, but it takes hard work.
We all gathered for a photo towards the end.
Photo credit: Lightkeeper Studios
We were able to bring home our tassels and piñatas. The son was very excited waving it around. Next time, I’ll make a bigger one!
School of Styling Philippines is a passion project of Em Matias-Sulit and Indy Ycasiano.
It holds workshops to help individuals have an extra source of income. It’s also helpful for moms like me who would prefer to DIY their own parties and save a lot on decors.
Truly, with hard work, anything can be achieved.
Here are their upcoming workshops for this year:
The workshops are inclusive of:
1. Workshop Materials
2. Basic Photography Workshop by LightKeepers Studio
3. Business Portfolio Making 101 Workshop by EmmSulit
4. School of Styling Bag
5. Certificate of Attendance
6. Workshop Modules
7. Professionally-taken Photos
8. Light Snacks and Refreshments
Learn more by visiting their social media accounts:
Have you tried making your own tassel or piñata? Let me know in the comments! 😉
Enjoy life. Cheers!