# Make an Emergency Halloween Pinata

4 Steps
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!
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## Step 1: 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.

Goodhart says: Dec 9, 2009. 4:50 AM
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 !

;-)

Wafflicious in reply to GoodhartJul 22, 2010. 9:21 PM
Lol
Goodhart in reply to WaffliciousJul 23, 2010. 11:14 AM
I notice these weird things :-)
Wafflicious in reply to GoodhartJul 23, 2010. 12:22 PM
Also I like your smiley faces :?)
superMacaroni says: Jun 19, 2010. 11:45 PM
What about using a real pumpkin?
Kiteman (author) in reply to superMacaroniJun 20, 2010. 3:00 AM
That's a great idea - I'll try and remember for next Hallowe'en...
thestyrofoampeanut says: Dec 16, 2009. 4:15 PM
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
THANK YOU
Kiteman (author) in reply to thestyrofoampeanutDec 17, 2009. 6:44 AM
Haha, you're welcome.

The Jamalam says: Nov 12, 2009. 10:14 AM
Voted!
Kiteman (author) in reply to The JamalamNov 12, 2009. 11:39 AM
Awesome, thank you!
aj01-01 says: Nov 5, 2009. 9:56 AM
awesome piñata
Kiteman (author) in reply to aj01-01Nov 5, 2009. 10:05 AM
Thank you.
Zaphod Beeblebrox says: Nov 3, 2009. 6:49 PM
#2 son looks alot like the kids who live across the street............
Kiteman (author) in reply to Zaphod BeeblebroxNov 4, 2009. 1:58 AM
Sorry, wrong continent.
Zaphod Beeblebrox in reply to KitemanNov 4, 2009. 2:40 PM
lol
Gjdj3 says: Nov 1, 2009. 5:03 PM
Instructable number 99! This is really cool, and now I'm excited for #100.
Kiteman (author) in reply to Gjdj3Nov 2, 2009. 10:20 AM
Kryptonite says: Oct 30, 2009. 1:03 AM
I've promised myself every Instructable Kiteman does, I have to make one. Looks like I'm staying up late tonight.
Kiteman (author) in reply to KryptoniteOct 30, 2009. 5:16 AM
You'll have trouble with the next one...
Kryptonite in reply to KitemanOct 31, 2009. 3:36 AM
Oh?

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.
Gjdj3 in reply to KryptoniteNov 1, 2009. 5:04 PM
I don't think he's trying to insult you. I'm sure the project would be unusually difficult for anyone.
Kryptonite in reply to Gjdj3Nov 1, 2009. 8:40 PM
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.
Molten Boron says: Oct 29, 2009. 8:32 AM
Yay for saving the day!
You should have gone with the rhombicosidodecahedron.
Kiteman (author) in reply to Molten BoronOct 29, 2009. 8:34 AM
Make it?  I can't even say it!
lemonie says: Oct 28, 2009. 1:37 PM
The Mirror?
What did you / will you fill it with?

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Kiteman (author) in reply to lemonieOct 28, 2009. 1:46 PM
There's a free Lego model every day at the moment...
lemonie in reply to KitemanOct 28, 2009. 2:46 PM
Well, I did not know that. Is there anything worth reading in it?

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Kiteman (author) in reply to lemonieOct 28, 2009. 2:54 PM
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 in reply to KitemanOct 28, 2009. 3:04 PM
Well remember that you've contributed to the official sales figures for that publication - they'll be glad of your support.

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Kiteman (author) in reply to lemonieOct 28, 2009. 3:11 PM
Meh, we got £3 Lego models for 45p
lemonie in reply to KitemanOct 28, 2009. 3:21 PM
It's a boon!

Mrs B, Essex
Kiteman (author) in reply to lemonieOct 28, 2009. 3:24 PM
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 in reply to KitemanOct 28, 2009. 3:48 PM
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.

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xproplayer in reply to xproplayerOct 28, 2009. 10:17 AM
just like to say WOW i commented like 2 hrs form posting lol i hope to see those other instructables that you have planned!