A mom from Edinburgh has created an impressive side business with bespoke piÃ±atas for parties in the capital and the Lothians.
Papier Smache PiÃ±ata Services was started by Karen Whitehead, 48, who lives in West Edinburgh.
She started the business a few years ago during Halloween after making a pumpkin piÃ±ata on an experimental basis.
The reaction from friends and family made Karen think she was into something and so the business idea went from there.
She has so far created a range of SpongeBob SquarePants to Santa Claus stuffed piÃ±atas among many, with piÃ±atas filled for Â£ 35 for six to eight and unfilled for Â£ 25.
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The business is just a hobby, according to Karen, who says she enjoys her full-time job and has no plans to work full-time in the piÃ±ata industry.
On making and selling piÃ±atas, Karen said, âIt all started on a Halloween when I made a pumpkin piÃ±ata as an experiment, the reception was amazing from friends and family. family and it’s kind of a spiral from there.
âI have no gift as a 2D artist, however, it seems to me that I can visualize things better in 3D and I think any shape is possible.
âThey’re very personalized and I make them when I get orders. Normally the turnaround time is approximately four weeks from delivery. I charge Â£ 35 for a filled piÃ±ata for around 6-8 people or Â£ 25 unfilled.
âIt’s really a hobby, I find the making of piÃ±ata very therapeutic. I work full time in Edinburgh and balance it out by setting aside time at night or on weekends.
âThe most exciting and creative piÃ±atas have been a Volkswagen camper van, teen titans Robin, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, SpongeBob, Peppa pig, Hello Kitty and the list goes on. People can find me on Facebook and Instagram. “
Recently, Karen was able to make a piÃ±ata for a dog birthday party, filled with dog treats, and says it adapts really well to any occasion.
You can place an order or explore more of his work on the Facebook page here.