My girls are having a Disney TSUM TSUM themed birthday party next week. Can’t believe they’ll be turning 10!!! Double the double digits! They are crazy about TSUM TSUMs and I find them adorable as well. We’ll be having their birthday party in our yard so of course that calls for a pinata and I thought I’d share my tutorial to DIY a TSUM TSUM Pinata. At first, I was going to feature just one character of their choice, but of course they couldn’t agree on just one. Then I think it was Sophie who came up with the idea to make one pinata with three characters in small medium and large and stack them like you can with the little plastic Tsum Tsum toys. They narrowed down their characters to Sulley, Mickey, and Joy, but you can use my tutorial to make a Tsum Tsum Pinata for any character. I’ve also made my pinata a pull-down one as opposed to the kind you whack with a bat, so also included is how to insert the ribbons.
TSUM TSUM Pinata DIY
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- Three hatboxes in small, medium, and large size. The smallest is about 6 inches in diameter and the largest is 11 inches. The small and medium are from Joann and the large is from Michaels.
- If making a pull-down pinata
- Utility knife
- Hole punch
- Curly ribbon
- Push pins
- Tapestry needle
- Crepe paper streamers
- Jute twine
- Glue stick
- Colored cardstock
- Hot glue
First I’ll start with how to insert the ribbons to make a pull-down pinata. Take the largest hatbox (which will be on the bottom) and carefully cut a door with a utility knife. Use a pencil first to trace the door (a 3-sided rectangle).
Punch a hole in the door with a regular sized hole punch close to the edge of the door. Then tie a length of curly ribbon in a knot around the edge of the door. This will be the ribbon that opens the door to release all of the pinata goodies.
Then punch holes all over the door as well as next to the door with a push pin.
Thread a tapestry needle with curly ribbon and thread it through the push pin hole from the outside in. Leave a length inside. These will be the “dummy” ribbons that don’t open the pinata door. Repeat until all of the holes are filled with a ribbon.
Now for the Tsum Tsum bodies. First we need to punch holes on the sides for twine to connect the Tsum Tsums together. Remove the hatbox lids. I used a pushpin to punch two holes in the side of a hatbox, then directly opposite, I punched two more holes. For the largest hatbox, you only need to punch holes at the top, directly across from the door if you made one.
Next, cover the bodies with the main color. I’ll do the small one first using turquoise for Sully. First, fold together a long length of crepe paper streamer. Fold the streamer together to stack it up, then clip it together.
Snip along one edge about 2/3 in to make crepe paper fringe.
Cover Sully’s bottom i.e. the bottom of the hat box with the crepe paper fringe. First, apply glue stick to the outer edge, and gently press down the crepe paper. Keep gluing in a spiral until you’ve reached the center and the whole bottom is covered.
Cover the sides of the hat box, starting with the point where the lid would be. Mark this point with pencil. Repeat with all of the hatboxes.
After the bodies have been covered, thread some twine through the holes to tie all the hatboxes together. For the smallest box, one of the pairs of holes will be for hanging. Cut a length of twine and insert them through the holes so the twine is sticking out the outside.
Next I made the little details for each character. For Joy, she had some turquoise starbursts all over her dress. So I cut about a 6-inch length of fringe and applied glue stick along the non-cut edge.
Then I rolled it up…
…and fanned it out like a flower and hot glued several all over the sides.
Mickey has two round buttons on his pants, so I punched out two yellow cardstock circles.
Then I needed to make some smaller fringe, so I folded a length of crepe paper in half lengthwise, and glued it together. Then I cut fringe along the folded edge.
I then covered the cardstock circle with the fringe, adding glue stick first to the cardstock then adhering the fringe in a spiral starting from the outside going in. I also did this for Sully’s polka dots but with smaller punches.
I attached the polka dots with hot glue.
Tie all of the hatboxes together by threading the twine through the holes you punched previously. You might have to tear away some of the crepe paper fringe to find the holes but you can patch it up later.
Now we can close the boxes. Cover the edges of the lids with fringe.
And now the fun part – making their faces! You can purchase files on Etsy and cut them out on your Cricut. Or you can just sketch them free-handed which is what I ended up doing. Here’s a sketch of my Sully. I started by tracing the lid, then I added the horns.
Next I cut out the outline of the shape. Then I traced the horns on purple paper and adhered them to the horns on the main shape.
Then I added the eyebrows, eyes, and nose.
I glued the face to the lid, and hot glued the lid to the bottom of the hatbox. Repeat with the other characters.
All done with my TSUM TSUM Pinata! I love how it turned out!
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