Paper Face Friday : Piñata Mystery Box

Mystery Box Smash!

Mystery Box Smash!

Well hello there! It’s been a bit quiet again in these parts hasn’t it? Rest assured we have not fallen off the edge of the world as some of you may have assumed but simply been busy working on a variety of projects and celebrating our 1st Monster Birthday! Hip hip hooray!

So this weeks Paper Face Friday isn’t so much a face but still raaaaather neat! Whilst brainstorming a few ideas for our Monster birthday party Dan (lover of all games Mario) came up with a pretty awesome idea. Take the mystery blocks from the classic Mario games and turn them into piñata style boxes filled to the brim with large chocolate coins!

Apart from being a great party idea (we’re a big fans of party games and guest interaction) it was also a simple enough concept for me to squeeze in a few hours amongst the various projects we have going on to create something suitable for the party.

If you want to grab the source files then you can do so at the link below! The .zip includes an A4 mini mystery box and the A0 sheet for you to print four large boxes!

GRAB THE FILES HERE : PFF04_MYSTERYBOX.ZIP

Cutting out the boxes

Cutting out the boxes

So how was it done? Very simply! I recreated the classic mystery block pixel by pixel in Photoshop taking into consideration that the bottom will need to have a ‘smashable’ area and the top needs to be open so that treats can be placed and the smash area replaced if possible. Worth noting that I did not use the traditional colours of the mystery box as we wanted something a little brighter for the dark pub basement in which we were going to be hosting the party. So with the box drawn I scaled it up* to a size suitable for head-butting / punching and prepared a 300dpi A0 print. After a bit of a look around the web we found somewhere cheap enough for a one off print which would give us four boxes to then construct and use. Ideally I think you would print onto card but as that’s quite pricey we found that thick matt poster paper worked almost as well (until we put sweets into it…then it buckled a little).

Constructing the Mystery Box

Constructing the Mystery Box

Compared to a lot of our other papercraft on this blog the Mystery box was fairly easy to assemble. Simply cut out the boxes, score and fold! A few things we did to help speed this along (the party was rapidly approaching!) was to use double sided tape rather than glue. This works a treat and the way I had designed the top and bottom meant it was pretty easy to line everything up! I also opted to use an overlapping technique for extra box strength but in reality this probably wasn’t essential and may have been the reason that some of the cubes looked a little wonky when finished.

Finally we doubled up some yellow tissue paper and stuck that to the inside bottom of the box. Using the bolt holes on top for guidance we also cut some holes for string so that we could hang the boxes up! Ideally I would have used a hole punch for this but forgot to grab one during our trip to the stationary store :(

Sorting the smash zone

Sorting the smash zone

After repeating all of that a few more times we finally had four lovely piñata mystery boxes! Unfortunately it turned out the party venue didn’t really have anywhere to hang the boxes from but we made do and fun was still had by all! The last thing to note was that by doubling up the tissue paper they were actually quite tough to break so might be worth having a bit of a test first to see how strong or weak you want your smash area. Keep in mind though that it also has to support all those lovely tasty treats!

That’s all for this week! If you use these for your own events please let us know and share some photos!

 

*When working with pixel art I find it very handy to scale up using exact percentages (200%, 300%, 800% etc.) and to use Nearest Neighbour scaling in Photoshop to preserve the crisp edges.