How to Make a Paperbag Pinata

Today was my baby boy’s 4th birthday.  I can hardly believe he is four…such a big boy.  We had a Larry Boy from Veggie Tales party with nine loud and rowdy kids.  Isaac was dressed up in this get up.  He is totally going to kill me one day for allowing him to wear that hat.DSC05571 Look at the fabulous cake my friend Lisa made for the party…love you girl!DSC05597

Since there is no such thing as a Larry Boy “pinanna,” as Isaac would say, we decided to make one.

DSC05544 They are super easy to make and ultra inexpensive.  You start with two paper bags.DSC05531I decided to double bag mine so we could get more hitting power but it actually took a long time to break it open so I would use just one bag.  I guess it ultimately depends on the age of the children swinging at it.

Cut a slit in each of the four creased corners cutting out the excess in between on the left and right side of the bag.DSC05532 Fill her up with goodies…DSC05533DSC05534 Grab a sturdy hangar and some packing tape.  Folding one edge over the hangar, tape it in place.  DSC05535DSC05536Now fold the other side over the first side and tape it in place. Don’t worry about the ugliness right now you will cover it all up.  DSC05537

Using crepe paper, tissue paper, or streamers start decorating.  I used streamers because I HAD TO RUFFLE THEM! I just glued them in place with a hot glue gun.  To save time, I ruffled the paper in the the front and then just put the streamers flat on the sides and back.DSC05538DSC05539DSC05540 Then I googled “Larry Boy” and found and image and printed it out on cardstock. DSC05541 I cut it in an oval and glued ruffled streamers behind it…

DSC05543 Then I hot glued the whole thing onto the ruffled front…DSC05579

Worked just like a store bought pinata…


Thanks Kim for the inspiration!