Do-It-Yourself El Chavo del Ocho Centerpieces

How many people loved to watch El Chavo del Ocho when they were a child? Use this easy and cheap centerpiece for your older child’s fiesta!


El Chavo Characters photo printed about 7-10 inches tall
16 oz Water Bottle
Popsicle Sticks (about 20 per barrel)
Brown Ribbon
-3/8 inches
-5/8 inches
Flower Foam
Kabob Sticks
Brown Paper Shreds
Small Water Balloons
Hanging Birthday Decor
Straw Birthday Decorations
Sparkly Pipe Cleaners


Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Box Cutter


  1. Measure the height of the barrel with the popsicle stick, this will be where you cut the plastic bottle. Let about 3/4 of an inch of the popsicle stick hang off the top of the water bottle.
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  2. Use the hot glue gun to glue each popsicle stick around the outside of the water bottle. Fill the sides until complete!
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  3. Using the 5/8th” Ribbon, measure around the barrel, cut two pieces of the 5/8th” ribbon, creating the metal hoops. Repeat with the 3/8th” ribbon. Hot glue each piece of ribbon around the barrel.
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  4. After you have picked out and printed the characters, carefully cut them out. Make sure you print the “El Chavo” logo!
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  5. Tape the characters on to the straw decorations.
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  6. Using a razor blade, cut a piece of flower foam big enough to fit inside the barrel. Hot glue the foam piece inside of the barrel.
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  7. For the second piece of decor that will be in the barrel, break your kabobs in half for some variety in height.
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  8. Cut different pieces out of the string decor and tape them individually to your kabobs.
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  9. Blow up 3 small water balloons using colors that will match your decor. We used green, white, and red!
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  10. Make the third piece of decor. Twist/tie all 3 balloons together using the pipe cleaner to hold them together while then working the pipe cleaner around the kabob stick.
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  11. Tape the cut out of “El Chavo” onto the front of your barrel.
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  12. Push all 3 of your decorated pieces into the flower foam.
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    -Birthday Decoration (s)
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  13. Place the brown paper shreds into the barrel to cover the flower foam.
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    Be creative and have fun with this! Use a variety of matching colors to fit your event, use different sizes, characters and more.

Additional Ideas:

-Type phrases or table numbers relevant to your party and print them with a white background. Cut the sayings out as voice bubbles to act as if the characters are saying them.
-Glue shiny pipe cleaners around the voice bubble to decorate them.
-Print or cut out just the heads of each character for one centerpiece.


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