Enter cheap and crafty ideas... DIY Pinata!
The idea was actually born less out of price woes and more out of the fact that I couldn't find a Toy Story pinata for my older son's 4th birthday. So, I set out to make my own, and found that it cost less than $5, and was really easy!
It's cold in PA in January (although not as cold this year as it usually is...). And, since we don't have indoor batting cages, we have a no-bat-in-the-house rule. (Yes, this requires its own specific rule...boys.)
Solution: I added pull-strings to the bottom (you can see them in the one above also). I actually didn't take any 'before' pictures of this one, so the strings are gone, but just imagine blue ribbon hanging from the bottom.
By some stroke of pure luck, the string that opened the candy flap was the very last one, AND was pulled by the birthday boy. I could not have planned it more perfectly.
Each is simply a box with a flap cut in the bottom.
Important! Fill it with candy! :)
If you're using ribbons, attach curling ribbon to the flap with staples or tape. Make sure only one is attached strongly enough to open the flap, or your pinata will be a one-ribbon failure.
Thread string through the top so you can hang it.
The TS one is covered in tissue paper, then brushed with glue, had a printed out picture attached to each side, and the edges covered in shredded paper.
The Batman and Robin one was covered in construction/poster paper in a couple layers, to create the costume designs.
It's really easy, give it a try!