Nerf Target Pinata DIY for a Nerf Birthday Party

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!

Easy nerf target pinata for great birthday party fun
Easy nerf target pinata for great birthday party fun

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.

easy nerf pinata instructions
Easy nerf pinata instructions
nerf birthday pinata cups
DIY nerf birthday pinata using paper cups

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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DIY Elena of Avalor Birthday Party Ideas

I love to prepare a cool party for my kids and this Elena of Avalor Party was no exception! Pinatas, treats and fun ideas!

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There was a time my daughter was crazy about her after the Tangled – Rapunzel party. When this craze was over, she wanted an Elena of Avalor Birthday party and I went to my friend Pinterest to find some DIY ideas for her party!

Elena of Avalor Birthday Cake and Treats

The Elena of Avalor Birthday Cake was kept simple. I asked a friend to make me a simple red and blue (colors of Avalor) cake. For the top of that cake, she printed out and glued some of the main characters on a stick. I also had a small, silver tiara that I wanted to put on the cake, but beware!!! You – and I learned that the hard way – can’t simply use a silver tiara on an Elena of Avalor birthday cake!!! So what can a mom do? She (I) painted the tiara with some gold acrylic paint, so it could be finally used as a proper Elena of Avalor cake decoration!!! But you can find lots of tiaras online, that is like the “real” Elena tiara… I also found some golden birthday cake candles which were perfect for the theme and the cake was ready!

To make some matching treats I used my favorite party Strawberry Oreo pops recipe!!!

I made three kinds of truffles. One kind was simple truffles that I covered in red and white chocolate and wrapped with foil. I printed out some Elena pictures on shelf adhesive paper, cut them out, and put them onto the foil.

Elena of Avalor Birthday Party treats
Elena of Avalor Birthday Party treats

The other two were made as cake pops on sticks. To decorate those, I printed out two different Elena pictures (two for each cake pop, front, and back) and cut them and glued them onto the stick so the cake pop would become Elena’s dress.

Lastly, I prepared some easy to bake chocolate muffins. I added chocolate frosting to some and prepared toothpicks by gluing printed Elena pictures. I used strawberries as Elena’s dress and secured them with the toothpicks I mentioned. To the rest of the muffins, I added white vanilla frosting. I also sprinkled some red heart sprinkles over them. Lastly, I added the toothpicks without the strawberries (there were not so many strawberries in March!!)

DIY Elena of Avalor Birthday Party Ideas: Easy Mateo’s Tamburitas craft

To keep the kids busy, I prepared some super simple Mateo tamburitas. All I did was get small white paper plates and sticks. I covered the sticks with some big plastic straws for safety and color!. They need to be paper plates in order to be colored. For each tamburita, you will need to glue or staple the two plates to each other (deep side to deep side). Then enter the stick and secure that, too.

I provided a lot of coloring markers and pencils, and all the kids had super much fun! I tried to add some dried big beans to the tamburitas to make them noisier but decided not to do that. The reason was safety concerns since I had invited small kids to the party. But if you want to use the idea, it worked when I tried it!

To complete everything, I printed out a picture of Mateo yielding his magic tambourine. I also added a text to explain what to do and put it in a frame next to the ready to decorate tamburitas.

Elena of Avalor Pinata

Of course, no party is complete without a Pinata! This year I had so little time, that I had to make the project simpler. I decided to make a simple round pinata. I used the same technique as with all of my other pinatas, with colors that match the theme. Next, I just printed out an Elena of Avalor picture in the same size and glue that onto the pinata, which really worked great!

So that was our Elena of Avalor birthday party! I hope you liked it and found some ideas to use! Check out some other birthday party themes to get more inspiration!

Rapunzel Tangled Birthday Party Ideas

Another party with a great theme: Rapunzel or Tangled! Fun ideas and how to make a wonderful Rapunzel tower pinata!

After some years of small birthday parties for my girl, the time had come to organize a bigger, princessy party for her with all her friends from school and some other friends outside of school. The theme she chose was a Tangled Birthday Party – otherwise known as Rapunzel.

Naturally, I went on Pinterest to get inspired. And boy did I get inspired! There were so many ideas out there, that it became really difficult to choose from… of course, as so many times before, I went for the easier ones, since time is something I don’t have so much of.

What every birthday party needs

There are three things essential for all my kid’s parties (other than the guests, ha!). The birthday cake, the pinata, and a thank you present for the kids! So let me start with the easy part, the cake! It was easy because a really talented friend of mine made it! I only provided the Rapunzel doll. It turned out really great for our Tangled birthday party and my girl loved it!

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Tangled Birthday party Rapunzel Doll Birthday Cake
Our Rapunzel Doll Birthday Cake

How to make the Tangled Tower Pinata

Tangled Rapunzel birthday Party Ideas diy pinata
Tangled/Rapunzel Birthday Party Ideas

I, on the other hand, started crafting the ou Tangled birthday party pinata. We chose a Tangled Tower for it. The technique we used was the same as for the Star Wars Pinata we made for another birthday party.  As a first step, I cut out two round disks (I used a plate as a template) for the bottom and the top of the tower. Then I made a tube-shape out of cardboard, high enough to make a nice tower.

After that, I used tape – a lot of it – to tape the tube shape to the bottom disk. I made a hole through the center of the disk and secured the rope. My husband crafted an “x” an out of two small wooden pieces to tie the rope to, to make sure that the pinata wouldn’t fall down.

Next, I filled the pinata with the necessary candy and treats. I taped the top disk to the upper end of the pinata, making sure to make a hole at the center of it, too and to pull my rope through it. Now it was time to decorate the pinata.

I used purple crepe paper for the tower and decorated it with some artificial flowers. I also printed out Rapunzel, peaking out her window, and glued it in place.

Making the Pinata’s tower top

The next step was to make the cone for the top of the tower. To make it I just cut out another fitting sized triangle from the cardboard and rolled it into a cone, taped it to secure it, and then cut the excess away. The good thing is that it doesn’t need to be perfect since you always can make some adjustments when placing the cone into place and hide imperfections with crepe paper.

Once the cone was ready, I decorated it with pink crepe paper and some felt flower stickers I had, and hot glued it to the tower.

As for the pinata stick, to stay with the Rapunzel theme, I used a small frying pan I had in my kitchen which I decorated with a little yellow string!

The wooden "x" to secure the rope
The wooden “x” to secure the rope
Cone and tube rapunzel pinata
The Rapunzel tower out of a cardboard tube and the top out of a cardboard cone

The pinata was almost ready, and I moved on to my next project… making Rapunzel’s Hair for gifts!

Tangled Birthday party The DIY Rapunzel Pinata
The DIY Rapunzel Pinata

How to make easy Rapunzel Braid Hairbands

To make these, all you need are plain plastic hairbands for girls, hot glue and a lot of yellow string. The thicker your string is, the thicker your hair will be. I used some yellow string that is supposed to be used for kites since I had lots of it. This string is not as thick as I wanted it, so I had to use more of it to get the result I wanted.

So the first step was to cut the string into appr. 1 meter long pieces. If you are going to make them, do a sample first and keep your guests hight in mind – I didn’t want the braid to become too long, for safety reasons. Also, don’t forget that the final braid will be shorter than the pieces of strings, due to – well – braiding it! About 15 pieces where enough to achieve a braid thick enough for my hairbands. Again do a sample to find out what fits. Next, I divided the strings into three lots. Now I was ready to make the braid like you would make a simple braid with your hair.

Long Rapunzel Hairbands
Long Rapunzel Hairbands

To make it easier, I first secured one end of the strings with a small rubber band, then braided, and then secured the other end with another rubber band. I used some hot glue to secure the rubber bands a little more.

Then, I hot glued the braid to the hairband. I did that for about 15 hairbands so you can imagine the time it took… but it was worth it!

Tangled Birthday party Rapunzel Hairbands
Rapunzel Hairbands

A final touch to complete the Pinata

I did, however, have one braid leftover (the first sample I made) and it was just perfect for completing our Pinata! Simple enough, I glued the braid to Rapunzel’s hair and it really did the trick!

Some more extras to complete our Tangled Birthday Party

To complete our guests’ entertainment for our Tangled birthday party, I prepared photo props, Rapunzel and Princess themed for the girls, mustaches, and hats for the boys. These ended up being also presents for the guests as they left the party with them.

Of course, for an extra treat, I prepared some of my all time favorite Strawberry Oreo Cream Cheese pops (recipe I am using here).

So, that was our Rapunzel themed birthday party! We had a lot of fun, and my little girl was so happy with it that it was totally worth the time and effort!