Here is the thing about Pinterest. It’s such a great source of party ideas that I couldn’t help but look at it when I was planning Ethan’s Taco and Beer birthday party. But then I saw this amazingly adorable Taco Piñata from Studio DIY and suddenly the completely acceptable premade chile pepper piñata I was going to buy at the party store just wasn’t good enough anymore. So, off I went, down the taco piñata rabbit hole.
At least my mom was visiting, so that was a big help. The entire piece was definitely more structurally sound because of her input. But I also wanted the piñata to be a surprise for Ethan, so I had to work on it when he (and Alex, who does not yet understand the concept of a “secret”) was out of the house.
But, I got it done! And honestly the construction didn’t take that long. I started with a giant piece of cardboard that I folded in half and cut into my “tortilla.”
Then I added another piece of cardboard down the center and used A LOT of tape to hold it in place. Note the little door for putting candy in later.
Before I sealed it up on top, I cut a small hole and pulled the top of a wire hanger through. This is where I would hang the string. My mom also added these little cardboard buttons to each side with twine running between them to give the whole thing a little more structure.
The construction of the cardboard portion took about two hours, and that’s with my mom’s help. Then we covered the whole thing with yellow tissue paper and set to work with the really fun (and time-consuming) part: the decorations.
Following Studio DIY’s directions, I bought some yellow crepe paper and cut it into fringe. It took two rolls of crepe paper, but I covered the whole thing.
My mom covered two big plates with red tissue paper to make the tomatoes, and I manipulated black and green tissue paper to make the other “toppings,” plus added some curls of construction paper “cheese” on top.
I loved it so much I was very sad its entire purpose was to get mangled and destroyed! But I did manage to use it as decoration for the whole party before we brought it out back and tore it to pieces.
I was a little concerned it was going to fall apart in two seconds (especially when I realized too late that I had put WAY too much candy inside). But it lasted forever! All the kids at the party had a chance to whack at it a few times. (Thanks to my cousin Val for these great pics!)
Then all the adults who wanted to got a chance to go at it as well.
As you can see, by the end the poor thing looked pretty beat up, but the structure remained more or less intact. I started to get concerned that maybe we had built it too well. In the end, it was the hanger that gave out and the whole top ripped off. The kids converged on the fallen taco like animals on wounded prey. (Ethan said it reminded him of several of the gorier scenes from The Walking Dead.)
Everyone had so much fun destroying it that it actually didn’t bother me to see it go into the trash after being picked clean. But if Alex wants a T-Rex or a steam train piñata for his upcoming birthday party, I’m going pre made all the way.