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LEGO Piñata

For our #trysomethingnewsundays I made a LEGO Piñata for my twin’s 3rd Birthday Party.  The LEGO piñata took a few hours and did require the paper mache to dry over night. Using supplies around the house, I was able to design a sturdy piñata shaped like a giant yellow LEGO that survived 19 kids hitting it prior to it being broken open by a 9 year old.  Below I describe the steps to make the LEGO piñata. You can use these steps to design any type of piñata.

 

Supplies

  • 2 large boxes
  • Scissors
  • Tape (Heavy duty package tape)
  • Hot Glue Gun.
  • Tissue paper (any color)
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Bungee Cord
  • Optional card stock of six circle for LEGO Blocks.
  • Rope and Stick

Instructions

Making the Piñata

  1. Take the box that you will be storing the candy in and cut a small square on the side.  This hole will be used to put candy into the box at the very end of this process.  Save the square cut out.  You will tape the square cut out  back on to the box  after you’ve filled it.

2. Create 2 holes on top of the box and insert bungee cords.  Tie bungee cord ends together inside the box.  Place additional cardboard and tape around the tied ends of the  bungee cords to ensure they are secure.  Pick box up by bungee cords to make sure they are secure and not ripping the box.

 

3. Seal the box with tape.  Make sure the only opening on the box is  the square for the candy.

4. Take the 2nd box and cut 6 even strips and 6 circles.

 

5. Plug in hot glue gun. Take the strips and fold them into circles (make sure the circle top and bottom are the same size prior to gluing).  Glue the ends together to form a circle. Hold in place 2 minutes.

6. Add hot glue to the top of the card board strip.  Place the cardboard circle on top of circle strip.  Hold in place 2 minutes.  Repeat 5 times.

Decorating the Piñata

7. With regular glue, glue tissue paper around entire box.

8. With a Hot glue gun, glue  the 6 circles to the front of the box.

9. Using regular glue, glue tissue paper to the top of the circles.

Paper Mache

10. Cut up or rip tissue paper into about 1 inch by inch strips.

11. Make the mache mixture by adding equal parts water and glue in bowl and stirring. About 3 cups of each. (Could vary based on size of box being used).  I got the recipe here.

12. Starting in the back. Dip tissue paper in the water glue mixture and stick to box. Don’t flip over until dry. Repeat process on entire box.  Please note, I decided not to do this part on the 6 circles, instead, I cut 6 yellow card stock circles and glued them to the front.

13. Fill piñata with candy and treats.  My piñata was able to hold 10 pounds of Candy in it with no issues.   Cover square cut out with tissue paper and tape back on the piñata.  Once the piñata is full, pick it up and ensure the bungee cords are secure.

14. Using a rope, hang piñata.  Let the fun begin, Enjoy!

 

 

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