My son is growing up so fast!!! I can barely keep up with all the changes happening! For his 10th birthday, he didn’t want most of the usual birthday stuff, except for two things: A nerf-themed birthday cake and a matching nerf pinata! The ideas for a nerf party are countless, but my son didn’t want any of them… so we made an easy, DIY nerf target Pinata, using a different approach, as I wanted to use some of his nerf guns!
We just bought some different sized paper cups, elastic bands, and blue and orange tissue paper – and of course, wrapped sweets. To make this easy pinata, put one or more pieces of candy inside each cup and covered the cups by using a piece of tissue paper and an elastic band. Also, cut a big circle out of cardboard and start arranging the paper cups on it making circles out of same-sized white cups, starting from the outside.
You will have to finish with a single paper cup in the center of the circle (we put extra bounty in that one!!!). If needed, you can rearrange the cups and cut the excess from the cardboard circle. Then, proceed to glue each cup into place. Since the tissue paper is very delicate, you need to be careful not to rip it. For a finishing touch, wrap the outer circle of cups with a strap of tissue paper.
Things to do before starting to hit the DIY nerf target pinata
Next, we used a couple of not used tissue paper wrapped cups to find out the perfect distance to shoot from. It had to be close enough so the nerf bullet would have enough power to rip the paper, but it should remain a challenge to hit the target! Now we were ready for the party! We found a tree to put the target against and everyone took their turn! Little kids could get closer. If you can’t find a tree or something else to put the pinata against, try making some stands out of cardboard and glue them to the back of the pinata. If you want to try this idea, be sure to have some extra nerf bullets and nerf guns around!
Time flies, and as I mentioned, my son already begins to change his party preferences! Who knows how many chances are left for me to throw a kid’s birthday party!
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For many years our son was a huge Star Wars fan and so all of his parties had to be Star Wars themed. Here are some of the ideas we tried and instruction on how to make an easy Star Wars Pinata!
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So, my son is one of the biggest Star Wars fans I know. He has a huge Star Wars figure collection, Mace Windu being his favorite Jedi. As we as a family love themed birthday parties, it was a given that he would have a Star Wars Birthday Party! For two years in a row and we had a blast both times! When I think about making pinatas, I always think that I can’t make one that is cute or with a character I like… for example, I could in no way allow kids to hit Yoda or another Yedi, pinata or not! So, when the time came to decide on the DIY Star Wars Pinata, we had these two ideas: the first one was a very easy Death Star Pinata, and the second one a slightly more complicated but still easy Darth Vader Pinata.
DIY Star Wars Pinata: How to Make a Super Easy DIY Death Star Pinata
All you will need for this pinata are:
a white round paper lampshade (I bought mine from IKEA),
a piece of cardboard,
grey spray paint,
some fishing line or other kinds of string and of course
Star Wars candy and favors!!!
Assemble the lampshade per instructions. Cover the bottom hole with a small piece of cardboard (secure with some tape). Go outside and spray paint the whole thing grey (if you find a grey lampshade, by all means, buy that if you want, and just skip spray painting it!). With the black marker, add a few features (rectangles to the lampshade so it resembles the Death Star. Fill the Death Star carefully with candy and favors. Since it is made out of paper, take care not to overfill it or else it will bend or even rip. Add the string to the wire on top of the Death Star for hanging. All you need now is a stick and children to hit the pinata and get all the bounty!!!
DIY Star Wars Pinata: How we made our Darth Vader Pinata
To make the Darth Vader Pinata you will need:
a cardboard box (I use a cereal box or use some thicker cardboard),
painters or another tape,
black crepe paper
Darth Vader Mask Template.
Instructions to make a Darth Vader Pinata
Print the Darth Vader Mask Template in a size that will suit you and your box and use it to cut the back and front of the box so they resemble the shape of the mask (you will end up with two mask-shaped cardboard pieces). Don’t worry too much about details, they will most likely get lost when you’ll add the fringes.
Use the box’s sides or cut out a few 4″ wide strips (the longer the better) to use them to connect the two mask-shaped pieces to each other. To do that, use the adhesive tape, which is kind of the most tricky part, especially at the beginning.
Remember to use some string or rope to make a loop for hanging your pinata on top.
Also, don’t forget to fill your pinata with goodies before sealing it completely!
When you have finished with the cardboard pinata, it is time to decorate it. Cut out 2” wide strips of the crepe paper and cut fringes into them.
Try to make them as long as they need to be to cover the pinata from end to end in each row so the result will be nicer looking. Now, with patience, glue all the strips onto the cardboard. Repeat on the back and the sides. This is the most time-consuming step for making the pinata, but it is a rather fun process.
Lastly, cut out the Darth Vader mask highlights from your template and glue them to the front of your pinata. We painted Darth Vader’s eyes red, for a fierce result! Didn’t it turn out great?
For the rest of our first party I prepared green Yoda plates for the cake. To make them you will need just green party plates, and use a stapler to attach some green Yoda ears which you have to cut out of green cardboard.
We made a softball target shoot game (took an old big carton, painted the whole thing with black spray paint (outside!), glued some space stickers I had in the house, and then we just cut out different sized circles, glued some Star Wars Villains on the circles for targets).
Another game we prepared, was the “Pin the lightsaber on the Jedi” game.
Lastly, we gave out some super cool pool noodle foam lightsabers real but safe lightsabers!!! – for every kid after the “Jedi Training”. You could also use some fun inflatable lightsabers!
The moment Darth Vader crushed the party
When the training ended, suddenly, Darth Vader invaded our party to steal the birthday cake! We actually wrote a teaser about this in our invitation: “….Will the Padawans complete their training in-time to become Jedi, so they stand a chance against the upcoming Darth Vader threat and help their friend to complete his birthday celebration?…”.
And fortunately, all of our newly trained Jedi friends managed to fight the Darth Vader off with their newly acquired lightsabers and Jedi skills, and so we could eat the cake after all!!!
To be honest, we did take the cake out of the carton first, before Darth Vader tried to steal it, just to be safe, haha!
It was really fun and all of our guests and our birthday boy had a blast!
The second party’s highlight was our DIY Star Wars Pinata of course, which did need to take a lot of hits before it released it’s bounty, being a true Darth Vader Pinata…
You can find a great tutorial with pictures showing the steps to make the Darth Vader pinata at the Minireve blog, that we slightly adjusted since we didn’t want a string pulled pinata as in that post. Check it out here.