Olaf pinata tutorial – Under $3 and made from a paper lantern!

Olaf pinata tutorial

I loved making this Olaf pinata and it was so easy and cheap. It cost me less than $3 and took me only 30 minutes!

Olaf pinata tutorial

For this Olaf pinata tutorial, you will need a white paper lantern, white tissue paper, Elmer’s glue, curling ribbon, two brown or black pipe cleaners, orange foam, and the vinyl stickers. If you don’t have a way to cut vinyl, you can also cut out the pieces from black paper and glue them on.

1) Prep your tissue paper:

Cut your tissue paper into 1.5-inch strips. Then create a fringe by cutting 2/3 up along the edge. You can do this faster by keeping the tissue folded so that you are cutting through several layers at a time.


2) Glue the fringe to the pinata:

Once the fringe is ready, glue it to the pinata by following along the lines on the paper lantern. I just used Elmer’s glue and then allowed it to dry.


3) Create the pull string:

I made this one a pull-string pinata by cutting a piece of paper to plug up the bottom. Then using a needle, I threaded several pieces of ribbon through the bottom. I anchored the “winning” string by using a paper clip and then taping it to the paper. You want to make sure that it is really secure. The rest of the ribbons were left loose so that they would easily pull out.


Once I was done, I placed the paper into place with the ribbons hanging down. I then filled the pinata with goodies. Of course, I got some chocolate Hugs because we all know how Olaf feels about warm hugs!

4) Finish the face:

For Olaf’s nose, I cut out a piece of orange foam so that it stuck out a bit. But for the rest of his face I cut it out using my Silhouette. It made it super easy to just stick it on there. I then added two pipe cleaners on top of his head to make the little sticks he has sticking out.
Download Free Silhouette File of Olaf’s Face

5) Time to play!

The girls took turns pulling out ribbons until we got to the winning ribbon. I found it is helpful to use smaller but heavier pieces of candy that will fall out easily. For example, the Hugs fell right out, but the candy bracelets I had in there had to be coaxed out a little.

If you don’t want to do a pull string, you can also take a bat to poor Olaf and he works just like a normal pinata.


4 Responses

  1. Janet says:

    Where did you get the lantern? Dollar Tree has only small ones.

  2. Lucy says:

    I feel like with a bat it would break really easily? How can I make the piñata stronger?

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