Inspire terror, delight, the high pitched keening of small children as they rassle for candy. I'm talking about the family pinata: endangered, hunted both for sustenance and for sport. Now you shall take it to the streets and create a pinata of your very own.
Last week, for the Instructables Halloween party, I created a man-sized pinata (or manata as I like to call it.) It was a lot of work, but was cheap to build, fun to make, and even more fun to break. This design is very durable and is meant to satisfy a large party of whackers.
Step 1: Chicken wire you looking at me like that?
To build this whole thing, you'll need:
- 3 yards of chicken wire (a 3' x 9' sheet in a gauge you can easily bend)
- 1 newspaper
- a bus tub, bucket or deep tray
- wire snips
- needle nose pliers
- tissue paper
- candy and prizes of all shapes and sizes
- rope for hoisting
The whole project is based around a chicken wire frame. Other materials could be substituted, but I felt this was appropriate for the hoard of candy the hydra was to be guarding. I started with the necks, rolling sheets of chicken wire around cardboard tubes, snipping the overlapping ends, and twisting the wire ends together.
Step 2: Crimp daddy.
Folding volumes together is nearly the same as it would be in paper. You cut a seam in the material, and fold the chicken wire in. To round out corners and bumps, you can poke small dimples into the mesh, and then even them out.
Step 3: Parts
I wanted as many cool features to kill on this dragon as possible, so each major part (heads, necks, arms, legs, tail, body) is loosely attached together with twists of wire. Fit them together, unless you want them to spew streamers. I chose to attach the heads later, so they would bleed red paper ribbons. More on that later.
Here is where you'll want to fit in some support for hanging the creature. I passed a cross of sturdy wire into the body of the beast, and tied it to the frame. You can loop your hauling ropes around this junction.