Make this fun DIY pull-string Boots the monkey pinata filled with gold coin treasure treats for your next Dora birthday party.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Paramount Pictures.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold hits theatres on August 9. Have you seen the preview yet? It looks like such a fun movie. Flynn and I first saw it in the movie theater a couple of weeks ago (I’m sharing the preview below if you haven’t seen it). If you’re thinking it’s probably just for kids, it’s not. If you think you know Dora, think again! Dora is a little bit older and navigating things like high school after having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents. This movie will definitely appeal to older kids as well.
If you are planning a Dora birthday party soon, then make it a movie night. I’m showing you how to make a monkey piñata inspired by Boots. The kids will love pulling the string to get to their gold ‘treats’.
Dora birthday party piñata
I’ve made it easy for you and included a template of Boots head which you can download and print here.
This pull-string piñata is so easy to make, requires very few items, and the kids will love refilling it with treasures.
Supplies to make a Boots piñata
- cardboard – an old box is fine
- crepe paper streamers – gold and beige (cream or a soft pink or peach work just fine too)
- scrapbook paper or card stock – brown and black
- glue stick
- box cutter
- packing tape
- the template of Boots head
- gold coins or bars
Instructions to make a Boots piñata
If you haven’t printed the template of Boots head, do it now. You’ll need two cut-outs of the head, one for the front of the piñata and one for the back.
You will also need to cut out a circle for his face, two sections for his tuft of hair, and strips of cardboard approximately 2.5″ wide.
Using small strips of packing tape, attach the strips of cardboard to the outside of the head pieces.
Continue doing this until both the front and back are attached.
Glue the circle onto the face, and then attach the tufts of hair to the top of the head. I used glue to attach the two pieces together, made a crease in the bottom, and then taped that into place to keep it secure.
Before you attach the crepe paper, cut a small flap into the bottom of the piñata for candy to fall out.
Starting with the back and working your way around to the front, cut strips of crepe paper streamers. Cut a fringe into each piece, and attach them overlaying one another around the piñata.
Once you’ve attached all of your crepe paper, it should look like this:
You can see Boots forming now, especially with that little tuft of hair on top.
Now it’s time (as you can see above) to cut out the nose, eyes, and mouth from the black and brown cardboard. Attach those in place with glue.
The final step is to attach strings to the flap so that the kids can pull it open to release their treasure. I found it easiest to poke a hole with a needle, and then shove a pencil through that hole to make it larger. Tie the strings in place, fill the piñata with gold, and close the flap.
Dora birthday party ideas
- Have a scavenger hunt outdoors.
- Watch Dora and the Lost City of Gold on an outdoor movie screen.
- Fill your Boots the monkey piñatas with gold coins and other delicious treats.
- Make these delicious banana boat s’mores treats to enjoy during the movie too.
- Give all of your guests an explorer hat to wear.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold movie preview
Don’t forget to check out the trailer below, and watch Dora and the Lost City of Gold in theaters on August 9.
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