I'm the one who told Max about Sasquatch. I'm also the one who told him about Yeti. I filled his head with fantastical stories, took him on hunts, made him Sasquatch and Yeti clothes, pictures and food...so it shouldn't have come as a surprise to me when he said he wanted a pinata for his 6th birthday. One with Yeti on one side and Sasquatch on the other! Just so you know, you cannot buy a ready-made split-persona pinata. But you can make one!
The cactus pinata seemed like a good place to start! The cactus had 3 "arms" - I removed one and relocated another. Then I filled the cactus with candy - and not just any candy - because Max is picky about his cavity-making-treats, he likes Twix Bars so they filled most of the cactus!
Thin strips of crepe paper that had been hand-fringed...also known as cut with scissors, were glued on with Elmer's glue. Hand-fringed is a pinata-maker's technical term, as is dotted adhesive so as not to allow moisture to permeate the crepe...I was warned by a "pinata expert" at the party store (because that's where unemployed pinata-makers go to find work and share their vast knowledge of pinata making) that the last thing I wanted was permeated crepe!
Max will love this - I'll make sure of it - I'll tell him about the professional pinata-maker I met and how if he works really hard in school with glue and paper that one day he might be able to apprentice under a pinata master, so he can - dare to dream/hope/wish - maybe one day...create pinata's for children to smash to smithereens!
Let's do some math:
Price of cactus pinata: $12.00
Price of brown, blue and white crepe paper: $8.50
Price of candy to fill pinata: $22.73
Seeing Max's face when he sees the pinata, smashes it open, collects and eats the candy inside...wait for it...
P R I C E L E S S !