Every year you get the gang together for a cool Halloween party with eerie decorations and strange characters as food. This year, do something a little different, and force ’em work to for their candy! Make a candy corn pinata and they can beat their way to the sweets – and treats!
Once you have the pattern for the candy corn pinata the rest is a breeze. It’s not hard to draw the candy corn shape on a piece of thin cardboard, but if you’re not confident with your drawing abilities you can always print out a picture of a piece of candy corn. Blow the picture up using your print program and you can easily trace around it onto the cardboard. You can choose the size you want the pinata to be but it will need to be larger than one sheet of printer paper.
After you’ve drawn the candy corn shape onto the cardboard, cut it out, then use it as a pattern to draw a second candy corn shape. These two shapes will be the front and back of the pinata. To make the band that holds the two together you’ll need to cut a long, wide strip of cardboard. This strip can be as wide as you want (4 to 6″ is good) and must be long enough to wrap all the way around the candy corn. If needed, tape two or more strips together.
Start by using tape to attach the band to one of the candy corn shapes. Don’t use extra-strong tape, like duct tape. Tape the band all the way around the first shape. Poke a hole in the top area of the band and thread a piece of cord through it. Tie in a knot and secure it to the band with a piece of tape. Add the candy and other treats but fill it only about halfway full. Now position the second candy corn shape over the band and tape it on.
To create the finished look for the pinata tear pieces of orange tissue paper and glue or tape them all over the outside of the band. It can be helpful to paint the cardboard orange first. That way, the cardboard doesn’t show through between the tissue paper pieces. Paint the fronts and backs of the cardboard – according to the specified colors below – to use the same technique for coverage. Draw lines to section the front and back off into three sections each. The lines on the front and the back should align perfectly. Viewing pictures of candy corn online, or looking at a real piece of the candy, can help you decide how to section the cardboard pieces.
At the bottom sections of the front and back tear and tape – or glue – pieces of orange tissue paper. In the middle, use yellow paper and at the top, use white. There are other combinations you can do, like brown at the bottom, orange in the middle, and yellow on top. When the pinata is covered in tissue paper it’s ready to hang! Your guests will love beating the pinata to retrieve their Halloween candy at your fabulous party!