Catbus Piñata

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Here is the Catbus piñata that the kids and I made last night. We used techniques we found on Alicia Policia’s blog entry about making a Luke Skywalker Piñata. I had never thought about using cardboard rather then paper mache. It was much faster, and way less messy.


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To create our catbus, we re-used a priority mailing box (shoebox size) for the body. Which works pretty perfectly. Then we cut apart another used box to create the face, tail, and legs. I just drew the face on, using photos online for reference. Same with the stripes, and windows of the bus.


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I just used packing tape, because that is what I have on hand…so I tried not to use too much of it. Although I did cut plenty of slits all over the box to help weaken it, so it should still break open easily. I cut a hole in the top (close to the tail) for adding the goodies, and doubled up the cardboard in the area where I attached some wire (for hanging) for extra stability.

Adding the crepe paper puffs went pretty quickly on the body, the face took slightly more time since it had a bit more detail. For the bottom of our catbus I simply glued down strips of the crepe streamers to cover it.

As for streamers we needed 2 rolls of brown (although we didn’t use all of the second one) 1 roll of tan, a small bit of yellow, and black for the smaller details.

For filling (since it is for 15 & 16 years old) we are thinking Pocky, fortune cookies, susuwatari plush (soot sprites), candy from the asian market, and a bunch of paper cranes. :)

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10 Responses to Catbus Piñata

  1. mollie says:

    I totally love this! Well, anything Totoro, really. I would caution on the use of easily breakable things inside. When we’ve done pinatas with older kids, a lot of the treats have gotten smashed.

  2. Awesome! I was so psyched when I saw the words ‘Catbus Piñata’ appear in my blogroll, but even more psyched to learn my very own tutorial played a part. : ) I love Catbus!

    It looks great! And sounds like it will be filled with nice goodies, too. I hope you don’t mind my reposting and sharing it over at my place!

  3. irasema says:

    i love this! i think i may suggest a catbus piñata for my sister’s 16th birthday. absolutely awesome!

  4. P says:

    Happy Birthday to K!
    The pinata looks great.

  5. Mercedes says:

    Wow!!! That is just AWESOME!

    I love spirted away & My neighboor Totatro!!

    Amazing! I love anime ^___^

  6. Ann says:

    The CatBus is amazing! Your birthday parties are the things childhood memories are made of.

  7. Megan M says:

    I have to agree with some of other people that posted when saying that My Neighbor Totoro Catbus is AMAZING!!!!! I don’t even want anything in it, I just want that catbus pinata for decoration! Maybe that’ll be a rainy day craft for myself one of these days! lol

  8. Raelena says:

    That is so awesome!

  9. Katie says:

    This so makes me want to have an anime inspired baby shower or at least a totorro themed cake.