Art with Alyssa: Mini Halloween Piñatas

mini pinatas

As an art teacher, I love connecting arts & crafts to literature and recycling. This Halloween craft is a great way to repurpose cardboard toilet paper tubes. If you want to link your mini piñata characters to books, some of my students’ favorite Halloween-inspired stories are The Runaway Pumpkin; Go Away, Big Green Monster and Stellaluna

Supplies

  • 1 cardboard toilet paper tube per piñata
  • Black tempera paint (for bat)
  • One 8-inch piece of yarn, twine or string per piñata
  • 1 sheet of tissue paper per piñata (orange, black and green for all characters)
  • Scissors (+ optional decorative scissors)
  • Double-sided Scotch tape or glue stick
  • Small candies or toys
  • Construction paper or cardstock (colors of your choice + white and black)
  • Googly eyes
  • Black marker
  • White colored pencil
  • Hole punch
  • Placemat to cover workspace

Note to parents: Read through directions and prepare all materials in advance to make the project easier for younger kids (cut string, tissue, pull-tabs, wings, etc.).

Directions

  1. If making bats, paint the tubes black (for each bat) and let dry.
  2. Cut two circles of tissue (about ½ inch larger than the cardboard tube) for each piñata. Use green tissue for monsters, orange for pumpkins and black for bats or cats.
    mini piñata2
  3. Use a glue stick or double–sided tape around the edge of the tube. Cover one end of each tube with a tissue paper circle. 
    mini piñata1
  4. Place a few small candies or toys in the open end of each tube. 
  5. Use a glue stick or double–sided tape to secure a string across the opening so that the ends hang down. Cover the end of the tube (and string) with the other circle of tissue paper. 
    mini piñata3
  6. Wrap each tube in tissue paper of coordinating color. (4¼ x 7” rectangles work for toilet paper tubes.) 
  7. Using cardstock or construction paper, make pull tags. Decorate with markers. 
  8. Tie tags on with the ends of the string. These are pull-tab to get the candy and toys out.
  9. Decorate characters as follows:

Monsters: Cut white paper circles for eyes. Make pupils with black marker, glue onto the tube and draw a mouth and eyebrows with markers. 

Pumpkins: Cut black paper mouth and eyes or draw features with black marker. 

Bats or cats: Cut wings from black construction paper or cardstock and glue or tape on. Add googly eyes and draw a mouth with white pencil. Pinch the top of the tube closed to make bat ears. Could use this method for a cat. Instead of wings, add a tail.

________

Alyssa Navapanich is an art enthusiast who teaches art to elementary school kids in North San Diego County.

________

Art with Alyssa: Fall Leaves

Art with Alyssa: Fall Leaves

Celebrate the season by making fall leaves with a DIY printing plate made from Styrofoam. Print leaves onto paper just for fun or get creative and use the printing plate to make thank you cards, place . . .

Read more

Fall Party Favors

Fall Party Favors

These fall party favors double as place cards at the Thanksgiving table. Use them to stave off pre-feast hunger pains or take them home for later!Supplies Plastic zip top bags (snack size) Empty . . .

Read more

Thankful Jars

Thankful Jars

Start a new family tradition by filling a decorated jar full of thanks. Expressing gratitude is (or should be) a year-round activity! Using a thankful jar at Thanksgiving? Give each guest one or mo . . .

Read more

Thankful Turkey Thanksgiving Craft

Thankful Turkey Thanksgiving Craft

These tiny turkeys are a great Thanksgiving activity. Make them ahead of the holiday, or as a way to pass the time while dinner cooks. Quick and cute, they are a fun way for kids and adults to displ . . .

Read more

Thanksgiving Table Toppers Craft

Thanksgiving Table Toppers Craft

Make this Thanksgiving extra special by crafting these super cute tabletop decorations! Tools and Supplies For All Four Projects: 4 empty food canisters (from snacks, nuts, coffee, pet treats, etc. . . .

Read more

Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holders

Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holders

These cute crayon holders are perfect for the kids’ table, covered with butcher paper. The kids can draw, doodle and write about the things for which they are thankful. Thank you to Deborah at Sup . . .

Read more

Thanksgiving Turkey Table Toppers

Thanksgiving Turkey Table Toppers

Decorate the Thanksgiving table or mantle with cute turkeys made from water bottles and simple household items. Fun Thanksgiving craft for kids!Supplies: Package of coffee filtersPlastic water bottl . . .

Read more

Thanksgiving Napkin Holder

Thanksgiving Napkin Holder

Here’s one turkey who won’t mind being at the Thanksgiving table; since he’ll make himself useful by holding extra Holiday napkins, he won’t have to worry about ending up on a dinner plate! . . .

Read more

Homemade Holiday, Edible Decorations for Kids

Homemade Holiday, Edible Decorations for Kids

Tired of the same old holiday decorations you see in the same old stores year after year? Are you wishing you could stay out of the shopping rush and snuggle at home with the kids instead? Save money . . .

Read more

Marshmallow Snowman Card

Marshmallow Snowman Card

Kids can create great winter greeting cards while they enjoy a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows. Just put out some paint, colored paper and a few extra marshmallows for stamping! Su . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: DIY Menorah Craft

Art with Alyssa: DIY Menorah Craft

Get the kids involved in decorating for Hanukkah by designing a menorah with wooden blocks. Discussion Points for Parents/Teachers Talk about Hanukkah family traditions. Talk about the symbols . . .

Read more

12-Day Christmas Countdown

12-Day Christmas Countdown

The whole family can help make this cheerful tree to countdown the days to Christmas! Supplies 2 sheets of heavyweight scrapbooking paper or cardstock (12” x 12”) Scraps of plain and decorativ . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!