How to Make a Pull String Pinata

by Jeff Wysaski

Items you will need

  • Piñata
  • Ribbon or string
  • Tape
  • Box cutter
  • Candy
  • Pencil
  • Crepe paper

Pull string piñatas are kinder, less violent version of the classic piñata. Rather than breaking the piñata open with a bat, this variation features a number of ribbons or strings hanging down from the bottom of piñata. One of the strings is rigged to a trapdoor. Partygoers take turns pulling strings until the correct one is pulled and the candy is liberated from its hiding place.

Step 1

Buy a piñata with a flat bottom design.

Step 2

Use a pencil to mark where you will cut the trapdoor on the bottom of the piñata. A 3-inch square should be a good size.

Step 3

Use a box cutter to cut away three sides of the square so it can fold down.

Step 4

Cut a ribbon strip that is approximately 3-feet in length. Make sure to cut enough so that every partygoer has a chance to pull a string.

Step 5

Use your box cutter to cut a small hole in the center of the trapdoor. Feed one of the ribbons through the hole and tie a knot on the exterior end (so that the knot will be on the outside of the piñata when the trapdoor is closed). The knot should be fat enough so that it won't come through the cardboard when pulled. If necessary, staple or tape the ribbon for added resistance.

Step 6

Cut about 15 decoy ribbons, or enough for each partygoer to pull a string. Make them a little shorter then the original ribbon so they all hang down at about the same length.

Step 7

Use tape to attach each ribbon to the underbelly of the piñata.

Step 8

Put the candy or other prizes inside the piñata and close the trapdoor so that the original ribbon hangs down from the opposite side of the door hinge. The door should stay shut on its own, but a small piece of tape may be necessary.

Step 9

Cut a piece of crepe paper to fit the underside of the piñata. You will use this to hide the tape and knotted string. Poke small holes in the paper and pull each string through a hole. Glue the crepe paper to the bottom of the piñata. Once the glue is dry, the piñata is ready.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Jeff Wysaski has been a professional writer since 2005. He has written for such varied online publications as AOL Travel, Autotropolis, RadioShack and Manolith. Wysaski earned a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from the University of North Texas in 2004.