Last year when we hosted a #DisneySide @Home Celebration, I spent quite a bit of time making a pull string pinata for the party. I have had the pictures on my computer for almost a year and never got around to posting a tutorial.
Now that everyone else is planning 2015 #DisneySide parties, I thought I’d share how I made my Mickey Mouse Pull String Pinata. Thanks to Alicia Policia for providing the inspiration and the awesome directions!
- cardboard box
- stencil to trace the shape or picture to sketch
- pipe cleaners
- tissue paper cut into 2-3 inch squares
- glue- (I used Tacky glue)
- duct tape
- crepe paper streamers
- curling ribbon
- wrapping paper for the bottom
3. Once the shape is drawn cut out the front and back of Mickey’s head.
4. If your shape has any fold from the box, use additional strips of cardboard and duct tape to reinforce those folds.
5. On the side of your pinata that is going to be the back, cut a “trap door.” Make sure you add a “door knob” of some sort to make it easy to find the door once tissue paper is added. (You’ll be able to see my pipe cleaner pull in a later picture.) This is where you will add your candy and toys once the pinata is complete.
6. Next, you need to measure the circumference of the Mickey shape and cut a long strip of cardboard about 3 inches wide that will be the sides of the pinata. Once the cardboard strip is cut, you’ll need to roll it up, breaking the corrugated lines making it easy to maneuver around the ears and curves.
9. When the front panel is attached to the sides and the hole is cut in the bottom, use duct tape and secure the sides to the front from what will be the inside of the pinata.
11. Once the back side is attached on the outside, start working on the inside of the pinata. You’ll need to reach in with small pieces of duct tape to secure the back panel to the sides.
14. I started by wrapping the tissue paper squares over the eraser end of a pencil, dipping the paper into the glue and sticking it on the Mickey shape cardboard. This was taking way too long, so I started bunching up the tissue paper and dipping the center in the glue. Much easier!
15. I chose to do a multicolored pinata. While I was gluing the tissue paper onto Mickey, I had to be mindful of “mixing up” my colors so they would be evenly distributed. If you choose to go with an all black Mickey, it would be much easier!
16. Here is the finished product! Both sides of the pinata are covered with tissue paper. If you look closely in the center, you can see the black pipe cleaner pull tab for the trap door. Once I had finished the tissue paper on the front and back, I was worried I would lose the shape of Mickey if I added tissue paper to the sides as well. I thought it would end up looking like a big rainbow blob. I decided to cover the sides with red crepe paper streamers instead. You can see this in the last picture.
17. Making the pull strings was the hardest part for me! Start by cutting a piece of wrapping paper to fit the hole in the bottom of the pinata. Make marks on the wrapping paper where you want pull strings to come out so each person at the party will have a string to pull. Cut your curling ribbon 2-3 yards long, so when you thread it up one hole and out another each pull string will be 1- 1 1/2 yards long. As you are threading the curling ribbon/ pull strings, make sure you are twisting it all around each other on the back side of the wrapping paper. Alicia does a great job of explaining this part in her tutorial.
18. Once your pull strings are through the wrapping paper, you’ll need to feed the strings through the trap door of the pinata and out the bottom. It’s easier to go this way rather than try to push it up through the bottom. Once the strings are out the bottom and the wrapping paper is in place, secure it with tape.
19. The pinata should be ready to go. Fill it with candy, hang it up and start pulling! Give each guest a string (or 2) to pull. On the count of three, PULL!!
Hopefully you’ll do your strings better than I did! Once the kids puled the strings to my pinata, I had to reach up to get the candy to fall out! The paper did not rip out properly! Before I use this pinata again, I’m going to make the candy opening larger and do a better job of twisting my pull strings together as they are thread through the wrapping paper!
Wish me luck! 🙂
These were so fun and easy to make, we decided to make the rest of the gang! We bought a pound bag of M&Ms and my boys sorted all the colors. I still had some white chocolate candies left over from the Donald jars, so I used some of them for Minnie. Once they were sorted, we started adding the details, painting the lids and filling up the jars! We were pleased with how they turned out! 🙂
Disclosure: I was sent the Oxygenics Disney Mickey Mouse Shower Head to review on my blog. All opinions expressed are my own.
Our youngest boys love bath time. Each night they rush to the bathroom to get in the tub and get a bath. They love the bubbles, the toys and the splashing. However, my youngest does not like having water poured over his head so I can wash his hair!
- I like the fact that my 5 year old can “practice” showering with the handheld shower head. It has helped him ease into showering by himself.
- I like the durability of the product. Having 2 boys, this product took quite a beating in the bath tub! It stood up to the test. It’s not only durable, but also easy to handle, use and clean.
- The detachable shower head was great. The 72 inch hose allowed me to rinse both boys heads with ease. Once I was finished with the boy closest to the faucet, I could stretch the hose to the back of the tub to rinse the second boys hair.
- The control lever allowed me to turn off the water at the detachable shower head instead of at the main water control. This made lathering shampoo and soap easy since I could turn on and off the shower head with the flip of a switch on the handle.
- The water pressure coming out of our faucet into the tub weakened after the shower head was attached. At first, I thought it was all in my head. When my14 year old complained about the water pressure, I realized it wasn’t me. I temporarily took off our Mickey Mouse shower head to see if the pressure came back and it did. I still don’t know why the water pressure out of the faucet would change even when the shower was not turned on.
- Even though I liked the 72 inch hose when I was trying to rinse my son’s hair who was farthest away from the faucet, I did not like the length of the hose when it was attached to the shower head. There was so much slack in the hose that it got in the way when we were trying to shower. I also didn’t like the detached shower head dangling into the tub water when we were not using it.
Features of the Oxygenics Mickey Mouse Shower Head:
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- 15 total spray combinations with Oxygenics pressure-boosting technology
- 3 powerful spray settings
- 72 inch hose
- Non-slip rubber grip
- Comfort control lever easily adjusts pressure
- Easy-clean nozzles
- Shower heads can be used individually or together
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Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Red. Enjoy the ride as we discuss Disney Themed Christmas Parties.
You can easily create an invitation with a basic digital scrapbook kit. If you can’t do this on your own, search Etsy! If you are REALLY crafty, you can make your own invitations out of construction paper scrapbook pages. Search for Mickey Mouse Birthday invitations for ideas and simply add a Santa hat!
- You can order your own Mickey ornament wreath from Etsy or try to make it yourself!
- Hidden Mickey Snowflakes from Disney Family are perfect decorations for a Mickey Christmas Party!
- The Mint Mickey Garland, also from Disney Family, would make a fun table runner or strung on the mantle for a festive feel!
- The last idea from Disney Family is the Mickey String Ornaments. While these are more time consuming to create, having several of these hanging from doorways, garland or chandeliers would be adorable!
Food is always fun to create! There are so many wonderful Mickey Mouse Party Food ideas on the web these days. You can easily take those ideas and add a holiday/ Santa twist! Or you can try to create some of these on your own:
- Santa Mickey Rice Krispy Treat. I had this goodie on my last trip. You can easily cut out Mickey shapes with a cookie cutter, dip the ears in red candy melts and use white icing for the hat trim. Coat a marshmallow in white edible glitter for the ball and you’re set!
- The Santa Hat Cookie Puzzle would be fun for all ages to “play” or eat! Disney Family has the template ready for you to download.
- To add a “healthy” touch to the party, make Mickey’s Strawberry Santa Hats!
- If you would rather have your guests do the creating, consider setting up Cookie Decorating/ Sprinkle Station. Bake the cookies in the shape of Mickey ahead of time. Let the guests add icing, sprinkles, edible pearls and more!
Crafts are always fun at parties! You can make these Mickey and Minnie Felt Ornaments from Disney Family or make your own Mickey ornaments out of Christmas balls. Jackie from Delightfully Disney has a great tutorial for you! Or, you can hot glue 1 big ball and 2 small balls to create a “Hidden Mickey” ornament for the tree!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Rolling with the Magic.
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