quinceñera diy items

As promised here's a couple of items that we DIYed for Juddie's 15th. 

The whole process was super simple so don't hesitate to make your own and take inspiration from them. 

The top part of the centerpiece was a lot of fun to make because I love repurposing and recycling ordinary items into weird and unique items. Here's the breakdown of what we did:

•record: swap meet. We bought 30 records for $20 from one of our favorite swap meets-Goldenwest in Westminster. We painted all of them ~*sea mist*~ to match the color theme of the 15th. 

•cds: home. I'm sure we all have tons of CDs laying around that we secretly don't want to throw away. We painted them silver glitter which came out really shiny and had a chunky glitter texture. Some of the cds had dark bases so we had to paint them white then spray them with the silver. 

•cassettes: home. Samesies with the cds laying around, of course I made sure to keep my Motley Crue and Stevie Nicks out of the 'will paint' pile. We used this black glittery outdoor paint which looked great. 

•folded paper fan: home. I printed a ton of these and we all sat down folding and gluing them together while we watched The Walking Dead.

•foam flowers: downtown LA.  I think we bought 6 dozens for around $20. My dude's mom sprayed them with hairspray and sprinkled glitter to add some sass.

•random accessories: sister-in-law. She had a bag full of random earrings, buttons, and weird stuff that she figured I'd be able to use for something and she was right. The accessories added personality and an extra layer of weirdness. 

•diamond wrap ribbon: I don't remember how much it costs but I'm sure it was less than $10 for a looot. They also come in different colors so there's tons to choose from. 

•spray paint: Home Depot. I think we bought 4 cans per color because we had to make 35 centerpieces. Yeah, 35! 

•glue gun, E6000: home. I use this stuff on everything! 

 

This was incredibly easy to make but took a lot of steps since we had to assemble the pieces in order. Again, most of the materials are from Downtown LA-that place is the best! Here's the break down of the process and where the materials came from:

•giant paper clip: 99ç store. We had to paint some of them white because we had different colors.

•printed paper fan: home.  

•foam flowers: downtown LA. 

•glitter: downtown. It was a huge bottle that cost 7 bucks. We probably used 1/3 of it. We placed them in old salt and pepper shakers to make the sprinkling a lot easier but of course our whole place was glittering for months.

•styrofoam disk: downtown LA. These disks were 1inch thick and come in different sizes and can easily be cut. 

•diamond wrap ribbon: downtown LA. 

•wires, glue gun, E6000: 99ç store and Michael's. We used glue gun and thin wires (ornament wires actually) to secure things around the styrofoam disk. 

The court corsages was easier than I thought. I used the same materials that we already had. I used pin backs for the dudes' and used elastic on the girls'. These would be perfect for weddings, proms, or any fancy events. Since the flower is artificial, they can last fooorever! 

These masks were used during the baile de surpresa - surprise dance. We bought these masks at downtown, 20 for $10. Total deal. 

Juddie used this vest in one of their dances. I used elements from the invitations to make things cohesive and cuuute. I printed these on iron on and transferred it on white felt fabric and sewed them directly to an old vest that I had. Ta-Da! Instant 15th tough girl denim cut. 

You can take a look here to see the invitation and cards that I made for the 15th.

Hopefully this post has inspired you to make your own or simply continue to customize your own stuff-fancy party related or not! 

Stay cool and rad. 

-Nika B.

 

 

face swap tips

This weekend was my brotha David's, 25th birthday celebration. There was a secret surprise picnic followed by another secret surprise archery party. I wanted to play tribute to his new found passion-archery, so I made him into famous archers and here's some stuff I learned along the way.

QUICK TIPS FOR FACE SWAPPING:

GOOD PHOTOS

=This is probably the most important because, duh, you're swappin' faces! Try to get both faces to have the same profile: looking up, straight forward, side ways, whatevaaa. The closer they are, the easier it and for realzies it will look.

-Davryl hunting walkers

-Davryl hunting walkers

INCLUDE DETAILS

=Include as many details of your person as possible. Glasses and facial hair are super helpful to recognize their face. Don't worry too much about their hair because it will probably be covered or erased. 

-the hair on these are too good, especially Meri-David

-the hair on these are too good, especially Meri-David

•ADD DETAILS

=They say, "the devils are in the details," because little tiny devils sneak themselves in cracks and tiny spaces because they like small and hot areas. JK. These details include adding highlights and shadows and making sure the whole thing looks cohesive. 

-I erased and added shadow to make it look more real

-I erased and added shadow to make it look more real

BLEND TOGETHER

=This is where the magic happens! Make sure that both skin tones match so make it look really realistic. I used photoshop so I had control over brightness, hue and saturation, and even color balance. Use all the filters if you have to!

-these are my favorite because of his expressions

-these are my favorite because of his expressions

•FUNKY FACE

=Faces with funny expressions combined with serious poses make the best face swaps. Duck lips, big smiles, and straight up funky faces transforms any pose into a life-size poster worthy piece. The funkier the funnier. 

The likeness is uncanny. David and the rest of the gang thought it was HILIARIOUSSS. I had to take a break from a couple of them because I just couldn't stop laughing. Coincidentally, the place had almost the same posters that I made so it was even more hilarious.

-Oli-Vid, Meri-David, and Robin Hoo-David

-Oli-Vid, Meri-David, and Robin Hoo-David

-Legola-Vid, Kat-Vid

-Legola-Vid, Kat-Vid

-aaand the whole gang

-aaand the whole gang

Do you have any great face swaps? I would totally love to see a mashup of people's faces. 

Stay cool. 

-Nika B.

quinceñera lessons learned

This Saturday was my dude's sister's quinceñera and it was definitely a great experience to be a part of. Lots of planning, running around, and making things from scratch. My kinda party. I was in charged of most of the decorations and photography so here's some of the things that I've learned that will hopefully help you out with your next event-big or small.

QUINCEÑERA LESSONS LEARNED:

•PREPARATION IS NUMERO UNO

=I'm a big list maker so I made different lists as the day got closer. I could refer to the list whenever I felt overwhelmed or a little too comfortable with things. I had lists of things I needed to make, things I needed to do, materials, and everything else that I needed to remember.  We started working on the decorations months waaay before the date so we weren't panicking last minute. Plan things accordingly and give yourself lots of time to work on things-either buying and ordering stuff or DIYing everything. 

-pages of tiny notes and lists.

-pages of tiny notes and lists.

•ORGANIZATION IS ALSO NUMERO UNO

=I am definitely organized and my lists totally helped. We put things in ziplock bags in boxes and made sure to label what was in it. The decorations were separated and labeled correctly. The clean up was a lot easier since we knew where the scissors, fabric, and random stuff went. Label all the things!!! 

-boxes with labels and zip locks.

-boxes with labels and zip locks.

•TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES

=We opted out of hiring a photographer to save some money so my dude and I were running around the whole night taking pictures. Down side is that we're barely in any pictures. Oh well. Tip: take a picture with every single table to remember who was there and who to thank. We totally forgot this part but hopefully the videographer caught the crowd. 

-the only pictures of me, and my dude with his sisters.

-the only pictures of me, and my dude with his sisters.

•THINGS WILL GO WRONG

=This was my first quinceñera so I wasn't completely sure what to expect but judging from Juddie's frustrated face and people running around, I knew things weren't going as planned. The DJ announced the toast too early so we took a deep breath and solved things little by little. We went around the tables and distribute glasses, champagne, and ciders. Wearing flats instead of heels was definitely a good idea. Next thing we knew, we were toasting for the little lady.

-quinceñera looking all grumpy and the after look of the night.

-quinceñera looking all grumpy and the after look of the night.

•HAVE FUN

=I was freaking out a little inside because things weren't going as smoothly as planned but then I thought these people probably don't care, they'll forget, and I'm being too harsh on myself. Whatevaaa. At the end of the day, all it really matters is that you have fun or whoever you're celebrating for. I asked Juddie's mom if she was having fun and she replied, "No, but as long as Juddie's having fun then I'm happy." It was the sweetest thing evarrr. The quinceñera did have fun and all her friends said that the party was "turnt up." 

-cheesy jumping pose.

-cheesy jumping pose.

-photo booth fun.

-photo booth fun.

-quinceñera and her court.

-quinceñera and her court.

There's definitely things that I wish I would have done differently but like I said-things will go wrong. Keeping this list in mind will definitely help me out the next time we throw a ginormous party again and maybe this list will help you out as well when you throw your own shindig. 

I'll have a separate post that shows all the rad DIY stuff we made for the quince. Boooyah!

Stay cool. 

-Nika B.

hello friendz

Hello! I'm Nika B., the main piña of PIñANIKA

I'm passionate about equality, design, craft, jiu-jitsu, and of course, pineapples. 

I am a full time graphic designer and working my way to full time crafter. I've always loved working with my hands so this blog is a way for me to do what I love while sharing it with others. Shrinky dinks are my all time favorite thing to work with but I also like working with fabric, clay, paint, and random stuff. 

I'll be posting things that interest me from: my crafts, diy projects, easy recipes, occasional outfits, grrrl power motivations, maybe even kick ass jiu-jitsu moves, and other radical things. 

Feel free to message me for any questions or just chat about your favorite ice cream. 

Stay cool. 
-Nika B.