Birthday Fun: DIY Avengers Pinata

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by on August 27, 2014

DIY Avengers PinataToday is my son’s birthday and I know he would love this DIY Avengers Pinata since they add so much fun to birthdays, family parties or even backyard BBQs. We have a tradition to have a piñata at our big family Christmas party. The kids always look forward to it – and depending on the ages of the children, it can be filled with candy or small toys.

My boys love Avengers, so I knew this DIY Avengers Piñata would be a hit – if you have an Avengers fan, check out how to make this DIY Avengers Piñata.

Note: You really can make this any theme you want by switching out the main picture.

How to Make a DIY Avengers Pinata

What You Need:

  • 8 Blue Sheets Of Tissue Paper
  • 8 Red Sheets Of Tissue Paper
  • 1 Cardboard Box with the dimensions that you would like, you don’t want the height of the box over 7″ for a birthday party, It’s the perfect height. The width you will want to measure with the object you will be using as the focal point. You do not want a really thick box or a really thin box, other wise the kids won’t be able to break it or it will break right away and crush the candy when hit. A regular cardboard box without double layers will work well. (No shiny sides as the glue doesn’t stick as well)
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • an Avengers party plate or helium balloon (not inflated).

Steps for making your Piñata:

Step 1: You will want to cut 4 sheets of each colored tissue paper for your piñata. You will unfold the 4 sheets, then take 2 sheets at a time, and cut them 1 1/2 to 2 inch strips. When you have cut all the strips, you will then cut half cuts into the strip to make the strips into the fringe like look for the piñata.

Step 2: You will want to figure out which way you would like your piñata to hang. Then put two holes for your thick twine or yarn to hold the rope that you will use to pull the piñata so that the children can hit it. You will put two holes on each side and string it through and tie it so that it’s strong enough to support the rope. Once you have your twine or yarn in place then use the Packing tape to close the flaps on your box.

box slit 1Step 3: Cut a slit into the side of the box, you will want to make 2 more slits so that you have a part of the box that will lift up so you can stuff the candy inside. Just like is shown above. You will want to make the slit at the top of your cardboard box.

It will not matter if your going to make a square or triangle piñata. You will still go through the same steps and just put the piñata the way you want it when your finished. You will do the front and back of your piñata first.

 

Step 4: You will start with any corner that you want in the front of your Piñata. Take one of your strips, hold it up to the box and cut it where it will only over lap the sides a little bit then cut it there. You will add Elmer’s glue to the strip where the flap is not at. Then apply it to your box at the tip of the corner as shown. Then continue to rotate the colors until you’re 1/4 of the way down as shown.

boys corner of pinataStep 5: Then move to the next corner and repeat till you have all the corners complete. Don’t worry if you go into the sides of the piñata we will fix those later. You can use your Plate or Balloon as a guide to see how far down you would like to go down for your corners. Once your corners are complete you will go to the open areas between your corners and again fill in the area rotating colors so that you cover all the areas. Leave the area where your Balloon or Plate will go blank for now.

boys pinata all cornersStep 6: When you start on the back of your Piñata, you will start on the top and just keep rotating the colors all the way to the bottom of the piñata. The Longer areas you will need to use a strip and a 1/2 to 2 strips to cover the area using the same colors.

Step 7: You will now work on the sides of your piñata. If you have over lapped your strips on the side. They will be dry now. So you can lift them up a little and cut off the excess so that you can fill in the sides of the piñata and they will lay flat.

Step 8: You will want to start on the side where your slit is for the candy to go in the piñata. Start to rotate your strips on the side away from you. When you are to your flap, you will use smaller strips in front of the slit then cut strips that will cover the opening and give it room to move up and down. so before you glue your first one on. (See picture below). Hold it tight onto the opening and make sure it won’t break when your opening and closing your opening. If it does break then use a little longer piece. To save you time use that piece as a template for the rest of your strips so you won’t have to measure each strip. Then glue the strips with rotating colors.

boys pinata flap 1Step 9: You will now finish the other sides of your piñata in the same way that you did the side with the slit. Your piñata is now complete with all your strips.

Step 10: If your using a helium balloon you will cut the balloon to use in the middle of your piñata and just use the top character part of the balloon to add to your piñata. If your using a Plate that matches your theme you won’t need to cut it at all. You will now add glue around the outer edge and center of the object you are using. Then put it into place and smooth it out.

Step 11: This is the last step for completing your piñata. If you have space around your balloon or plate that is showing your cardboard box then rotate strips to fill them in. Once this step is complete, you will want to take strips to cover the edges of your plate or balloon. Take your strip and measure around the outer edge. You can use smaller strips if it’s easier for you, and then go all the way around the outer edge. Your piñata is now complete, it’s ready for your party! Just fill with candy once it is completely dry, use the packing tape to close the slit and your ready for the kids to have a great time with their piñata!

Won’t this make any Avengers fan happy? And it won’t cost you a fortune to buy a piñata now that you know how to make it yourself.

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