a pinata to punch! – A Subtle Revelry

a pinata to punch!

I have been very on board with the recent pinata trend in parties. Although, for little kid parties they can sometimes become a hazard. Flying candy and bigger guys swinging around sticks sure do make a mom nervous!

For the twin’s birthday this year I decided to design a pinata that you don’t need to swing at. A pinata you could punch. A punchata! It was a huge hit with the kids (they always love something new) and super easy to make.

To make the punchata first blow up a 36 inch balloon (do not use helium it will affect how well your paper stick to the balloon) instead use a large set of lungs or a pump! Hang the balloon upside down and cover with a thin layer of Modge Podge. Begin laying white packing tissue onto the balloon with thin layers of Modge Podge in between each layer. Aim for about 5 layers of tissue over the entire balloon. Let dry for 48 hours.

Once the pinata is completely dry, pop the balloon and slowly pull it out through a small hole in the tissue mache. Begin cutting small holes (about the size of a child’s fist) throughout the pinata, in different spots and on different levels. Cut circle pieces of a coordinating paper and use a small dab of glue to secure them over your holes from the inside of the pinata (use the top hole for easy access). Fill with candy, thread a string through the top and secure the top hole closed with a few more layers of tissue paper and glue.

Hang up to enjoy on party day and let each child have a turn punching in a hole for their candy prize!

Photos taken by Erin Holland for a subtle revelry.

PS. I am super excited to show you the twin’s complete birthday party in our next issue of Styled. Magazine coming out March 6th!


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  1. Giulia

    16 February

    Great idea. I’m working on a spin of the pinata for my son’s 3rd birthday party next week – it will be more pop than punch or beat ;)

  2. Emily

    16 February

    This is such a great idea for littler partiers – real pinatas can be so tough to puncture!

  3. Heather

    16 February

    Oh man. I love tootsie pops. I steel them from my husbands work all the time. Maybe I should think about filling a pinata full. I do love pinatas.

  4. Kristin

    16 February

    What a cool idea! Uber creative!

  5. jojoebi

    16 February

    for the last 3 years we have had a ‘football’ style pinata where the kids have kicked it around until it breaks, each time I have managed to fit in in the theme, a football for 4th b’day, a cannon ball for the knights party and a ninja for the last one. I put up a tutorial after the first one in case your readers are interested
    http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/2009/07/make-football-pinata.html

  6. Lena

    16 February

    How clever and sweet!

  7. Rach

    16 February

    Fun!

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  10. Make and Do Girl

    17 February

    Gorgeous photos! Love the white with pops of color.

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