When Gotham is in trouble, Bruce Wayne springs into bat-action in his bat-mobile as Batman to save the day. However, sometimes he struggles against his greatest rival and most equal adversary: The Joker! In the LEGO world, this is no different. LEGO Batman is up against LEGO Joker in the LEGO Batman movie, and the villain is just as vile and dastardly as always in LEGO form.
Let’s be honest, there’s plenty of people out there who’ve watched Batman battle the Joker and wished they could join in the fight and help Bruce Wayne defeat that cowardly clown. Now, you can! With this DIY pinata, you can grab a bat, or even a stick, and smack the Joker around six ways from Sunday! Although we don’t condone violence, there’s nothing wrong with making this pinata from Wholesale Party Supplies, and beating it until wonderful treats fall out! Besides, the Joker probably deseves it a little bit, right?
After a few quick and easy steps, you’re ready to go home, don the cowl, and take the place of LEGO Batman to defeat the Joker and free the treats he holds within!
- Purple Crepe Paper
- Craft Knife
- White Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
- Masking Tape
- Aluminum Foil
- Bright Green Ribbon- 1” thick
- Cardboard/Presentation Board at least
- Brown Craft Paper or Newspaper
- Bright Green Duct tape
- 12” Latex Balloon
- Cardboard Paper towel Tube
- Disposable container and spoon for mixing the glue
- 3/8” in x 3/4” in x 6ft Tube Pipe Insulation (found at most hardware stores)
- 1” disposable foam brush or paint brush
- White Acrylic Paint
- Joker Piñata Printable
Step 1. Mix glue and water together in a ratio of 3 parts glue and 1 part water. Cut strips of brown craft paper, dip them in the glue and press them on the inflated balloon. Continue adding glue strips to the balloon, covering it completely. Add a few layers and let the balloon dry.
Step 2. Draw out the parts of the piñata on the cardboard, using the measurements listed and shown in the picture:
2 pcs for the front/back- 11” (bottom edge) x 8.5” (top edge) x 10.5” (height)
2 pcs for the sides- 6.5” x 10.5”
1 pc for the bottom – 6.5” x 11”
1 pc for the top – 6.5” x 8.5”
Step 3. Using masking tape, assemble the front, back, bottom and sides of the piñata, leaving off the top panel.
Step 4. Cut a length of ribbon approximately 50” long. Cut 2 evenly spaced slits in the top panel, large enough for the ends of the ribbon to slide through.
Step 5. Tie the ends of the ribbon together. The ribbon will support the whole piñata, so you want to make sure the knot is very secure.
Step 6. Attach the top to the piñata, with the knotted side facing in. Tape all the edges with extra masking tape for added strength.
Step 7. Cut a long strip of purple crepe paper, fold in half 3 or 4 times. Cut small slits in the crepe paper, making sure not to cut the strip in half. The slits should be about 1/4” apart.
Step 8. Starting at the bottom, glue the uncut edge of the crepe paper around the piñata. Continue adding the crepe paper on top of each previous layer, until the front, back and sides are covered.
Step 9. Cut a large flap in the bottom of the piñata, and fill with candy. Tape the flap closed.
Step 10. Cover the top and bottom of the piñata with purple crepe paper.
Step 11. To make the arms. Cut the pipe insulation into 2 pieces, each approximately 5” long. Hot glue the ends together to form a right angle, as shown.
Step 12. Stuff some aluminum foil in the top and elbow to round out the shape of the arm.
Step 13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 to create another arm. Wrap the arms in masking tape.
Step 14. To make the hands, cut a cardboard tube into 2 pieces, each approximately 2” wide. Cut each piece, as shown, to create the rounded shape of the Lego hands.
Step 15. Paint the hands white and let dry.
Step 16. Cover the arms in purple crepe paper strips to match the body, and attach the hands.
Step 17. Hot glue the arms to the piñata body.
Step 18. Once the balloon is dry, snip the end of the balloon open to deflate it. The sides of the paper might stick a little to the balloon, but you can stick the end of a wooden spoon in the top and gently pop the sides back out. Cut a few slits in the opening of the paper maché balloon, paint white, and let dry.
Step 19. To make the Joker’s hair, place aluminum foil on the top of the balloon, creating a widow’s peak. The foil should not be attached to the head yet.
Step 20. Continue building the shape of the hair with foil and masking tape, to hold the pieces together.
Step 21. Remove the foil from the head. Start applying strips of green duct tape to the foil to create the hair.
Step 22. The duct tape pieces should be applied in vertical strips to mimic the feel of the LEGO hair. Cover the entire hairpiece with the duct tape.
Step 23. Using the X-acto knife, cut a slit in the top of the duct tape hair.
Step 24. Cut a slit in the top of the balloon.
Step 25. Attach the balloon to the piñata body, by threading the ribbon through the slit at the top of the balloon. Fold the bottom pieces of the balloon in and hot glue them to the body.
Step 26. Thread the ribbon through the hair and glue the hair to the head.
Step 27. Finish the piñata by gluing on the printables.
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