Did you know that if you have a large piece of cardboard at home you have almost everything you need to create a fabulous one-of-a-kind purse pinata for a little girl? Forget going out and purchasing a pinata that costs plenty and looks like everyone else’s! Make the pinata yourself and you’ll have a party everyone will remember. The only talents you’ll need in order to create the cute pinata is the ability to cut a straight line and the ability to fold and tape or glue. If you can do those things you are all set to make a pinata full of goodies for the crowd.
You’ll start by cutting two exact pieces of thick cardboard. If you don’t understand complicated geometric terms just think of a square with part of it cut away. Draw a line across the cardboard to the width you want the purse to be. Directly across from it, draw a line to make the top of the purse, so place this line to make the height of the purse. Now draw the sides of the purse, from the bottom line to the top line, so that you have the basic shape of the purse. The finished shape should look like a triangle with the top third cut off so that it no longer comes to a point. Cut two of these shapes to create the front and back of the basic purse.
You’ll need to create a band that will go around the sides and bottom of the two cardboard panels. This band will hold the front and back of the purse together and will also determine how much candy can be held inside depending upon how wide you cut it. Cut the band to the width you want it to be and cut it to a length that is long enough to go all the way around the purse. Cut it slightly longer to make sure it’s plenty long enough; you can trim away the excess later.
To assemble the purse pinata lay one side of the purse on a flat surface. Begin gluing or taping the band to the purse piece. Go easy on the tape or glue since you don’t want to make it impossible to crack open the purse at the party. After attaching the band trim away the excess cardboard. Poke a hole in the middle of the band, at the top, to make a place for the hanger. Fold a piece of cord in half, slide it in the hole, then tape or glue to secure. Fill the half-purse with the candy and other goodies. Now position the second purse piece on the band and tape or glue it in place. Make handles for the purse or buy real purse handles to use on the pinata. The handles should be stiff and positioned so that they stand straight up. Purchase them at a craft supply store or cut them out of thick cardboard.
After attaching the handles you can then decorate the purse pinata. Tear off pieces of colored tissue paper and glue them in place. Or, take the time to glue tiny sequin all over the purse. To cover it in wrapping paper tape a piece of the paper to each piece of cardboard before assembling. Materials like fake fur or fake leather work well to make an attractive purse, too. Just make sure you cover each piece individually rather than assembling the purse then covering it with material.
You don’t necessarily have to wrap the purse with fancy paper or cloth to achieve the finished pinata. Use markers, pens, stickers, colored tape and similar art items to embellish the purse in a less expensive fashion. The fabulous thing about the purse pinata is that it can be made to suit the budget of anyone. Plus, you can use any number of craft supplies to suit the color and/or theme of the party. Invest time and a little money to produce quite a nice purse or use things you have around the house for a cheaper version. Make the purse pinata for any girl or even a grown woman.
It’s fun to include purse-type things inside the pinata as part of the goodies. Some suggestions include pencils, pens, small notepads, coins, lip balm, sample-size lotions, a couple of band-aids, cheap jewelry pieces and similar items. The children who grab these gifts will be thrilled to find them amongst the candies. Make something different for a party where you don’t want a pinata. Just make the purses much smaller, fill each one with goodies, then hand one out to each guest.
No matter who you are, no matter how much you have to spend, no matter what the occasion, you’ll be happy with the purse pinata. It can be cute or gorgeous, big or small, and can be any color or theme you want. With so many choices how can you go wrong with the cool purse? Since most everyone has some cardboard around the house you won’t even have to go to the store to get supplies for the pinata. So, what are you waiting for?