My oldest is turning two and what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a piñata? Kids hitting their favorite characters with sticks, candy flying everywhere, and a stampede of little ones rushing to fill their bags.
Oh, the joys of childhood!
Lately my son has been into Elmo, so I decided to give him a diy Elmo piñata. Last year it was Mickey Mouse and it was my first attempt at making one and I didn’t do half bad. You can see the pics here.
I never got around to making a tutorial for that one (plus it took a little more time to make), so I wanted to share how to make an Elmo piñata with you all. Enjoy!
Supplies for DIY Elmo Piñata
- Cardboard Box
- Hot Glue Gun
- 3 Sheets Tissue Paper
- Mod Podge
- Sponge Brush
- Construction Paper (White, Black, Orange)
- Glue Stick
- Hole Punch
How to Make an Elmo Piñata
I traced two large circles onto the cardboard and cut them out.
I cut one long 3” wide strip of cardboard out of my scraps. The length will vary depending on how much around you need it to be.
I bent the strip in small sections so it will roll easily around the circle cutouts.
I used the preheated glue gun to attach the cardboard strip to the inside edge of one of the circles. After the glue dried, I glued the second circle to the other side of the strip.
Make sure the strip doesn’t close at the top because you need a place to add the candy. This is what it should look like.
I cut a 2” piece of tissue paper length-wise. Next , I cut slits ¾ of the width into the paper all the way to the end of the strip. I used Mod Podge to glue the tissue paper down, while layering each consecutive strip.
I did that until the front was completely covered. For the sides and back, I just added one layer of tissue paper.
I used construction paper to trace and cut out the shapes for the eyes and nose. I freehand drew the mouth and used the glue stick to attach them all.
I used a hole punch to make two holes on the front top and the back top of the piñata to slide the twine through so it could be hung up.