Learn how to make a Tangled Pinata and save a ton of money. It is so easy and turns out great.

Tangled Pinata ready to hang.

Tangled Pinata

Have you watched the cutest movie, Tangled? If so, you probably a have a little girl that would love to have a Tangle birthday party. Everyone knows that no party is complete without a Pinata.

Tangled Pinatas are priced anywhere from $18 to $24. That just seems like money WASTED since the kids are going to be beating it into tiny pieces. Instead, make one for less than a few dollars!

Materials needed for Tangled Pinata:

  • 8 Pink Sheets Of Tissue Paper
  • 8 Purple Sheets Of Tissue Paper. You really could use any two colors that you want.
  • 1  Cardboard Box. You can use a box with the dimensions that you prefer. 7″ is the largest that you want to do for a birthday party, It’s the perfect height for a pinata.
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Rope or twine
  • Elmers Glue
  • Character Plate. One Matching Plate that you will use at the party. You can also use a helium balloon with the character on it that is not blown up.

How to make a Tangled Pinata:

Step 1:  Cut the Tissue paper

  • Cut 4 sheets of each colored tissue paper for your pinata. Unfold the 4 sheets. Then take 2 sheets at a time and cut them 1 ½ to 2 inch strips.
  • Then cut half cuts into the strips to make them look like fringe.

Step 2:  Figure out how you want it to hang.

  • Decide which way you would like your pinata to hang. We had ours hang so it was a square but you could turn it and have it hang like a diamond shape.
  • Put two holes for the twine to hold the rope that you will use to pull the pinata so the children can hit it. There should be two holes on each side and string it through and tie it.

    It needs to be strong enough to support the rope.  Once you have your twine or yarn in place, use the Packing tape to close the flaps on your box.

Step 3: Cut opening for candy.

  • Cut a slit into the side of the box. Make 2 more slits on top of the box so that you have a portion to lift up to insert the candy.
Box with fringe on edges.


Step 4:  Glue Tissue on the front of your box.

Box ready to decorate.
  • Start with any corner that you want in the front of your Pinata.  Take one of your strips and hold it to the box. Cut it where it will only overlap the sides a little bit.
  • Use Elmer’s glue to secure the strips where the flap is not at. Then apply it to your box at the tip of the corner as shown above. Then continue to rotate the colors until you’re ¼ of the way down.
Tangled Pinata with edges decorated.
  • Finally, move to the next corner and repeat till you have all the corners completed. You can use your Plate or Balloon as a guide to see how far down you would like to go for your corners.
  • Once your corners are complete, go to the open areas between your corners. Fill in the area by rotating colors so that you cover all the areas. 
  • Leave the area where your Balloon or Plate will go blank for now.

Step 5: Repeat on the backside

  • When you start on the back of your Pinata, you will start on the top. Keep rotating the colors all the way to the bottom of the pinata.

Step 6: Glue Tissue on the sides.

  • Work on the sides of your pinata. If you have over lapped your strips on the side, they will be dry now.
  • Lift them up a little and cut off the excess so you can fill in the sides of the pinata. They will lay flat.
  • Start on the side where your slit is for the candy to go in the pinata. Start to rotate your strips on the side away from you.
  • When you are to your flap, you will use smaller strips in front of the slit. Then cut strips that will cover the opening and give it room to move up and down.
  • Hold it tight on the opening and make sure it won’t break when your opening and closing your opening. 
  • To save time, use that piece as a template for the rest of your strips so you won’t have to measure each strip.  Then glue the strips with rotating colors.
  • Now finish the other sides of your pinata in the same way that you did the side with the slit.

Step 7:   Add your Plate or Balloon to the center of the Pinata

  • If you are using a helium balloon, cut the balloon to use in the middle of your pinata. Just use the top character part of the balloon to add to your pinata.
  • If you are using a Plate that matches your theme, it does not need to be cut. Just add glue around the outer edge and center of the object you are using.
  • Then put it into place and smooth it out.

Step 8: Add one last strip of tissue to around your plate.

  • If you have space around your balloon or plate that is showing pieces of cardboard, rotate strips to fill them in.
  • Once this step is complete, you will want to take strips to cover the edges of your plate or balloon.
  • Take your strip and measure around the outer edge. You can use smaller strips if it’s easier for you, and then go all the way around the outer edge.
Tangled Pinata ready to hang.

Now you know how to make a pinata with cardboard.

Your Frozen pinata is now complete. It is ready for your party! 

Just fill with candy once it is completely dry. Then use the packing tape to close the slit. We spent less than $5 on this Tangled Pinata!

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Tips for Rapunzel Pinata:

  • Choose a box for the pinata that is no longer than 7″.
  • The width you will want to measure with the object you will be using as the focal point.
  • You do not want a really thick box or a really thin box. Otherwise the kids won’t be able to break it or it will break right away and crush the candy when hit.
  • A regular cardboard box without double layers will work well.
  • No shiny sides as the glue doesn’t stick as well.

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