Art with Alyssa: Mini Halloween Piñatas

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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.
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  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. 
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  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. 
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  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.

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

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