Tie Piñata…

The last time I made a piñata, it was on a much smaller scale. Remember these? Let me just say this, I have a whole new found respect for piñata makers. Ok, so I’ve never given piñata makers much thought, but I do now.  Obviously, I want you to try my project, but I feel it necessary to warn you…it can be tedious. This isn’t even full blown paper maché piñata makin’. But, if you’re nitpicky…probably not the best project for you. I am confirmed nitpicky…but, I can also exhibit restraint when crepe paper goes awry. Not really, I’m just a super competitive person and I was not about to let some wrinkly paper take me down. Proceed with caution.

tie pinataSupplies I used:

  • Scrap cardboard
  • Cereal box
  • Masking tape
  • Crepe paper {2 colors}
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Xacto knife
  • Twine

tie pinata

  • Draw a tie template and trace onto 2 pieces of scrap cardboard, then cut.
  • Cut a 2 inch wide strip from cereal box. Cut extra if needed.
  • Work the cereal box cardboard around the tie, taping off as you go.
  • Flip over and repeat with the other cardboard tie.
  • Using a ruler and pen, draw 1.5 in diagonal lines the length of the tie.

tie pinata

tie pinata

 tie pinata

  • Cut 1.5 inch wide strips of crepe paper.
  • Fold in half the length, then end to end.
  • Cut the crepe paper in small increments.
  • Starting at the bottom, add a small line of glue {you do not need a lot of glue}, and begin laying the crepe paper within your diagonal markings.
  • Leave a small excess on either side to wrap over. This will help guide you when alternating the colors on the sides of the tie.
  • After completing the front and back of the tie, start attaching paper to the sides.
  • Cut a small opening in the top with an Xacto knife.
  • Poke two small holes, approximately 1.5 inches apart.
  • Insert twine in the holes, secure on the inside with tape.

tie pinata

father's day pinata

  • Fill your piñata with things for Dad.
  • Close flap, and secure with a little tape. {this is where you pull to open, so don’t overdo it with the tape}
  • Glue crepe paper to the top of the tie.

In spite of my piñata disclosure at the beginning, I really want you to give this a go. Just remember, crepe paper has feelings too.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *