DIY Toy Story Space Alien Piñata

DIY Toy Story Space Alien Piñata

DIY Toy Story Space Alien Piñata

Buddy requested a Toy Story themed birthday this year.  The two of us searched on Pinterest for ideas for a piñata that we could make.  We settled on making a Space Alien (to be known in this post as a Pizza Planet since that is what Buddy calls them).  This pin is what inspired our piñata.  I am going to walk you through the steps to create your own piñata at home and save some money.

Materials Needed:

  • Punching balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Paper mâche paste (equal parts flour and water)
  • Crepe paper
  • Hot Glue gun/glue sticks
  • Cardboard (for ears)
  • Scissors
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 piece of tinfoil
  • Wire for fashioning a hanger
  • Rope

Phase 1 – Paper Mâche  (KID FRIENDLY)

DIY Toy Story Space Alien Piñata

  • Rip the newspaper into long strips
  • Mix up paste – equal parts flour to water – I used 2 cups of each and added a little additional water to thin the paste out.  Mix until most clumps are gone
  • Blow up the punching balloon to the desired size of your final piñata
  • Place inflated balloon on a bowl to hold it
  • Dip newspaper in the paste – remove excess paste with your fingers and apply strips in a flat layer to the balloon
  • Repeat until the balloon is totally encased – the more layers you apply – the harder the piñata will be to break
  • Place somewhere to dry – if it is a sunny day out you could put it outside during the day and bring it back in at night.
  • Let the piñata dry for at least 3 days – possibly longer depending on the weather (humidity doesn’t allow the paste to dry quickly)

Phase 2 – Prep Work

DIY Toy Story Space Alien Piñata

  • Once dry determine where you will cut a hole to insert the prizes (we made a small square in the back and covered it with duct tape once the prizes were inserted ***KID FRIENDLY ACTIVITY)
  • Fashion a hanger on the top of the piñata (my husband did this for me)
    • Drill 4 small holes into the top of the pinata
    • Insert wire through the holes and twist together at the top
  • Make antenna
    • I used a pencil with a ball of tin foil on the top
    • Use a knife to make a small hole for the antenna (in front of the hanger)
    • Duct tape the pencil to the top of the piñata
  • Make ears
    • Use thin cardboard to trace four ear shaped pieces
    • Bend the end of each piece of cardboard to create a 1/2 inch flap
    • Using duct tape secure the flaps to the piñata (flap out) – leave 1/2 inch space in the middle of two ear pieces to make the ears 3-D instead of flat

Phase 3 – Decorating

DIY Toy Story Space Alien Piñata

  • Plug in hot glue gun
  • Start unrolling crepe paper
    • Use scissors and create notches on the bottom of the crepe paper roughly 1 inch apart across the entire length (this creates volume and makes the piñata look more like its store bought)
  • Start applying already notched crepe paper
    • Start on the bottom of the piñata and work around the circumference
    • Apply a line of glue to the piñata – stick on crepe paper
  • As needed stop and notch more crepe paper
  • When you get to the ears apply the crepe paper down the length and wrap around the other side pulling the tips of the two pieces of cardboard together
  • Around the antenna and hanger you may have to cut the crepe paper and start again with a new piece – glue the overlap down so it doesn’t flap
  • For the antenna wrap the crepe paper around the pencil and tinfoil ball
  • Cut three eyes out of white cardstock
  • Cut three pupils and a mouth out of black cardstock
  • Adhere the pupils to the eyes with hot glue
  • Adhere the eyes and mouth directly to the piñata surface

Phase 4 – Admire your completed Piñata!

DIY Toy Story Space Alien Piñata

Phase 5 – Watch children gleefully kill your beautiful Piñata!

DIY Toy Story Space Alien Piñata

Stay tuned this week for more details of Buddy’s Toy Story birthday party.

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