Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Rapunzel: Pull-Apart Pinata
This is our Rapunzel pinata.
It is a cardboard tower that's open at the top and closed at the bottom. It is not a smash-up pinata like the previous pinatas we made for summer outdoor parties. We made this one a pull-open pinata because ours was an indoor party and our guests were a little too young to be inflicting blunt force trauma on things, even inanimate objects.
Some of you expressed interest in pull-apart pinatas, so I'll show you how we made ours. The initial plan was to make the tower as is, and cut as many windows as there were guests, stick tissue paper over the windows, bundle up treats, tie long ribbons to them, put them in the tower with the ribbons hanging out through tiny holes in the tissue paper. Each guest would then pull one of the ribbons and a little candy bundle would come tumbling out. Easy, non-violent, equitable, and unmessy. But not much fun, and zero suspense.
So we changed it to this more popular kind: lots of ribbons dangling from the bottom of the pinata - all of them duds save the one that, when pulled, would open a trapdoor and spill out the loot. Lots of suspense, and even easier to make. Here's how:
First, make the base of the pinata. We made ours out of corrugated cardboard. Our pinata was a cylindrical(ish) tower, so the base was a circle. Cut a large trapdoor out, hinged on one of the four edges:
Next, get lots of those curling ribbons:
Cut a length of ribbon, and securely glue it to the wrong side (inside) of the trapdoor, so that it hangs over the edge opposite the hinge. I used my hot glue gun because it was there, heating up for assembling the pinata anyway.
Here's another view:
Then attach the base to the pinata body. I hot-glued mine on.
Cut lengths of ribbon - at least one or two per guest, and lay about 6" of their ends within the trapdoor opening. Close the trapdoor - it will pinch the ribbons in place.
The hinge edge will not have any ribbons so you'll need to disguise it by cutting small slits close to the hinge and inserting ribbons through them.
Decorate your pinata - use crepe paper in frilly layers like the store-bought pinatas, if you like. We left ours plain because I like natural cardboard, and I didn't think Rapunzel's tower had ruffles.
When you are ready to use it, fill it with candy and hang it up.
The guests take turns to pull one ribbon each. At some point, someone will tug on the ribbon that opens the trapdoor
and out will come the goodies.
Much easier than the papier-mache bash-up kind, and actually more nerve-wrackingly suspenseful. Only don't let the kids see you make it if you're using multicolored ribbons, or they'll remember which one opens the trapdoor. Sneaky.