Punch Pinata how to – conclusion

Here is the thrilling conclusion to how to make a punch Pinata!

Part I is here

A Progress shot here

You can see the finished product in action here

and now, here is my way of getting the candy behind each tissue paper opening.

This took a bunch of thought and I tried a few options on a test punchie before I committed. I decided sandwich size bags were too small – the depth was fine but the circumference was too small to fit the openings. Paper bags were on the fragile side. I didn’t want to waste a dozen of my gallon freezer bags so I ended up with grocery bags (from walmart, we shop there a lot). Hey, one more way to up cycle your plastic grocery bags!

I went with them for a few reasons

1. free

2. already in the house

3. packing tape LOVES to stick to it

4. pretty strong

5. flexible for working with the curves and minor stretching where necessary.

I put the punchie face down on my bed. **tangent** you might notice that the punchie moves around my house, I kept trying to find the right place to work on it. I needed a spot big, flat, and out of harms way. My bed was perfect (after the cutting parts) because it met all those criteria plus it is a good hight to work at – way better than the floor.

1 – I put a few pieces (6) of candy on the tissue paper – do not forget this step or you will have sad kids.

2 – I folded the handles into the bag and straightened it out

3 – (not shown because it takes two hands) I roughly measured the size of the opening with the bag and then tied a knot to make the bag the same size. This is where the bag having a bit of stretch comes in handy if you end up with slightly too small an opening

4 – position the bag over the opening with the knot down. Tape the top and knot with scotch tape

5 – starting with the knot go around the shape with tape catching bag and box. Continue all the way around. I used 3 pieces of tape rather than one long one, it made the corners easier.

6 – double-check the candy didn’t get stuck in the tape by rattling it around.

7. start at #1 again for each opening. Since they are close together I did one at a time so they didn’t overlap too much.

I made 12 openings since that was the highest number of kids but I only got 10 RSVP’s so I decided to have some fun with the last two spots. I took the two smallest and used a sandwich bag with the bottom cut open so the ziplock was facing out (see bottom left of the pic above). On the day of the party I put cold spaghetti into those two bags. The kids that got them took it well more or less (they got another try to get real candy).

some kids get candy, some get spaghetti, seems fair to a 5 year old

, and he decided to eat it… 

Fiona also thought it was great. (I’m glad I made it fresh that day) The bags were really on the small side so they were actually more on the tissue then around the hole but it worked ok for the few hours it needed to hold the weight.

If you make one of these link it in the comments.

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