Mini Witch Hat Pinatas

Packing the action without the mess and tears, these spellbinding little toppers spill goodies when the tags are pulled.

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Mini Witch Hat Pinatas

Witch-Topper Popper
Photograph by Carl Tremblay

Display these Witch-Topper Poppers on hooks or a branch. When it's time to pop them, take each hat down, then hold the cone in one hand while pulling the string with the other.

Originally published in the October 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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The Brim

How-to photo of witch hat bottom and hangtag
Photograph by Mark Mantegna

1. Trace a 3 1/2-inch lid on black construction paper and a 1 1/2-inch lid once on cereal-box cardboard and twice on white paper. Cut out all the circles, then stack the black and cardboard circles as shown, securing them with a glue stick. With a pushpin, pierce a center hole.

2. For the pull string, knot a 10-inch length of baker's twine to make a loop with a 1-inch-long tail. Thread the loop through a yarn needle and pull it through the brim's center hole. Tape the tail ends down as shown.

3. Write Boo! on the white circles. With the twine between them, adhere them back-to-back with glue.

Originally published in the October 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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The Cone

How-to photo of witch topper popper
Photograph by Mark Mantegna

1. Trace a 9-inch plate on the black paper. Cut out the circle, fold it in half, and cut along the fold.

2. For the hanger, knot a 10-inch length of twine into a loop. Tape it to a half-circle as shown. Roll the paper into a cone with a 2 1/4-inch opening and secure it with tape.

Originally published in the October 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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The Cone

How-to photo of witch topper popper
Photograph by Mark Mantegna

3. Roll a 30-inch length of black crepe paper streamer and cut fringe through all the layers.

4. Starting at the cone's bottom edge, use a glue stick to attach the fringed streamer, winding it around and slightly overlapping it as you go. At the tip, trim the excess. Glue the end down.

Assembly

Set the cone in a paper cup, pointed side down. Fill it with treats. Apply 4 removable glue dots around the cardboard circle on the brim. Place the brim over the cone with the tag side out. Press to secure, then flip the hat over and press it on a flat surface for extra hold.

Originally published in the October 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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