Picture of Make an Emergency Halloween Pinata
OK, so we got invited to a Hallowe'en party, one of those where people bring contributions to the buffet.

"Of course we'd like to come - what shall we bring?"

"Could you manage a Hallowe'en-themed piñata?"

Er, OK...

...and here we go.

(Oh, and the emergency? Version one, a papier mache construction failed. Four days of pasting and gluing, and it all went wrong. I didn't have four days left to make another that way.)

So, to the cardboard!

Step 1: The template

Picture of The template
I didn't have time to make another frame and cover it in a stiff shell, so I decided to go straight for a stiff shell.

I had some thick corrugated card*, too thick for smooth curves, so I decided to go geometric, and make a truncated cuboid - six octahedra, in the planes of the faces of a cube, with equilateral triangles filling in the corners.

I used the largest handy sheet of paper (a page of newsprint) to make a square.

Folding into four, then a triangle, and cutting off one point makes a nice octahedron when opened.

I cut two "proper" octahedrons out of the card, then folded the template across the middle to make it narrower - I wanted the piñata to be slightly flatter than a cube.

*Saved from the box that a garden bench came in - Kitewife got fed up with waiting for me to get round to making her one.

Goodhart5 years ago
Interesting (co-incidence? ),  in step #1, the first picture, you outlined a triangle containing the words: Pumpkin Prices Slashed!
and then comment that this should be Cut Off !   

I notice these weird things :-)
Also I like your smiley faces :?)
What about using a real pumpkin?
Kiteman (author)  superMacaroni5 years ago
That's a great idea - I'll try and remember for next Hallowe'en...
 i love you kiteman!!!
youre paper outlines for catapults are great, and now you saved me
tomorow i need a pinata for a school party
Kiteman (author)  thestyrofoampeanut5 years ago
Haha, you're welcome.

The Jamalam5 years ago
Kiteman (author)  The Jamalam5 years ago
Awesome, thank you!
aj01-015 years ago
awesome piñata
Kiteman (author)  aj01-015 years ago
Thank you.
#2 son looks alot like the kids who live across the street............
Kiteman (author)  Zaphod Beeblebrox5 years ago
Sorry, wrong continent.
Gjdj35 years ago
Instructable number 99! This is really cool, and now I'm excited for #100.
Kiteman (author)  Gjdj35 years ago
Kryptonite5 years ago
I've promised myself every Instructable Kiteman does, I have to make one. Looks like I'm staying up late tonight.
Kiteman (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
You'll have trouble with the next one...

Everything I seem to make seems to be inferior and I don't feel like posting because it feels stupid, even if I should.

I built a "candy bottle" which is a shortened 2 L bottle for Smarties and stuff because my step brother has far too many loose lollies around the place.

I did extremely simple sewing to make my backdrop for picture taking, but it sits well on a curtain rod.

I did a 2 minute gutter cap for our hot house because the gutters had no ends and it just ran off, so I capped one side so we can get a tank and lead the water into it.

I made a motivational background / desktop image, looks great, but I normally I have Instructables up so the motivational side of it gets lost in talking to every one on here.

At least I'm still fairly young so I have a little while to build up to your standards.
I don't think he's trying to insult you. I'm sure the project would be unusually difficult for anyone.
I know he wasn't trying to make me feel bad, but thanks any way. He's showed me what he's working on and.... it's impressive.

The rest of the comment is more of a rant.
Yay for saving the day!
You should have gone with the rhombicosidodecahedron.
Kiteman (author)  Molten Boron5 years ago
Make it?  I can't even say it!
lemonie5 years ago
The Mirror?
What did you / will you fill it with?

Kiteman (author)  lemonie5 years ago
There's a free Lego model every day at the moment...
lemonie Kiteman5 years ago
Well, I did not know that. Is there anything worth reading in it?

Kiteman (author)  lemonie5 years ago
I have no idea - the Lego went to the boys, the paper straight into the pile to make the failed version of the piñata, and then into the recycling.
lemonie Kiteman5 years ago
Well remember that you've contributed to the official sales figures for that publication - they'll be glad of your support.

Kiteman (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Meh, we got £3 Lego models for 45p
lemonie Kiteman5 years ago
It's a boon!

Mrs B, Essex
Kiteman (author)  lemonie5 years ago
LOL.  I occasionally read the Daily Mail online (out of nostalgia for reading Fred Basset in my parents' copy), but otherwise I tend to avoid tabloids like pregnant Polish job-stealing Mafioso immigrants the plague.
lemonie Kiteman5 years ago
I never think of that publication without thinking of "Daily Mail Island" (esp with Fred Basset) - but I remember that you've seen that too.

just like to say WOW i commented like 2 hrs form posting lol i hope to see those other instructables that you have planned!