Recently at my son’s birthday party, he received a SpongeBob Pinata full of candy. It was not the type of pinata you beat to get the candy out. Instead, there were a series of ribbons at the bottom so that the children could pull a trap door open, spilling the candy yet preserving the pinata.
However, my newly seven year old son wouldn’t hear of that. He’d seen people beating the pinata, and he wanted to beat the pinata. Still we didn’t have the heart to bust up poor old SpongeBob. We had another idea.
My husband took a simple paper grocery bag, and then drew a SpongeBob character to place on its front. The whole project was quick and easy, and only cost a few cents since we already had all the materials we needed.
If you don’t know how to draw SpongeBob, it’s actually very simple to learn. We used our pinata as a guide, but there are many other SpongeBob drawing tutorials available online as well, as well as books to help you learn how to draw SpongeBob.
When you begin your drawing, draw in pencil with only a very light pressure. That way if you mess up, or you don’t feel that your drawing looks right, you can erase easily and reshape your lines. Be sure to refer to your SpongeBob guide picture (provided with this article) frequently throughout the drawing process, to be sure that everything is in the right place.
To begin, draw a slightly wedged rectangular shape on a large piece of paper, which is at least two feet tall and one foot wide. The larger part should be at the top. Then divide it into sections, drawing a “t” shape across the rectangle. The center horizontal line should be slightly above center, and the vertical line should go straight down the middle.
Now we’ll draw the eyes. We’re drawing our SpongeBob face front, so the eyes will be large circles, drawn right next to one another, touching in the middle. The bottom of the eyes should touch the horizontal line in the upper middle of your rectangle. Next draw the irises and pupils. The eyeballs are somewhat crosseyed, so place them somewhat off-center; the left eyeball should be off to the right of the eye, and the right eyeball should off to the left. Create an outer ring for the iris, and an inner circle for the pupil. Then create three large eyelashes above each eye, radiating outward.
The nose is a slightly bulbous shape, turned upward, and should be placed directly between the eyes. The tip should be just below the place where the two eyes touch. Make sure the bottom of the nose is just slightly below the bottom of the eyes.
Then draw the cheeks so that they just slightly overlap the outer lower corners of the eyes. The bottom of the cheeks should be on the same horizontal line with the bottom of the nose. Draw three freckles on the inside of each cheek.
The upper corners of the mouth should be directly beneath and on the inside of the cheeks. The mouth is a fairly simple banana shape, with sharp corners. Two dimple lines should be drawn at each corner, curving downward. Then draw two squarish, slightly uneven teeth on the upper part of the mouth, and a tongue with two bumps at the bottom of the mouth. Directly underneath the mouth, draw a line for the chin.
A line just below the facial features indicates the top of the shirt. At the center, draw two triangles, slightly separated, for the collar of the shirt. At the center of this draw the tie. Indicate the pants by drawing a simple line across the bottom with four rectangles in a row to indicate the belt.
Then draw a large wavy line all around the outer perimeter of the rectangle wedge shape, except for the bottom edge which should remain flat.
Create the shirtsleeves, arms and legs separately on another piece of paper. The shirtsleeves are a simple elongated half-circle. The arms are also very easy to make; simply create a sort of boomerang shape, with sharp edges at the elbows and mittens at the end. Thumbs should be on the inside.
For the legs create the boomerang shape again, but place simple shoes, facing outwards, at the bottom. Knees should be pointing outward.
Draw over the lines you want to keep with a black Sharpie marker. Be sure to differentiate between the final lines and any extraneous lines, such as your “t” guide shape, and partially erased lines or overlaps. Once you have drawn your final SpongeBob character with Sharpie marker, giving the marker time to dry, erase any remaining visible pencil lines.
Carefully cut out your SpongeBob character, shirtsleeves, arms and legs. Glue or tape these shapes to your SpongeBob main body. Arms and shirtsleeves should be just under the cheeks. Legs should be placed centrally below the square pants.
Now color your SpongeBob character. Use anything you like which is handy, such as crayons, washable markers, or colored pencils. The SpongeBob body, arms and legs should be a bright clear yellow. Eyes are blue. Use a medium reddish brown for the cheeks, inner mouth and pants. Then use a slightly pink color for the tongue and tie. The belt should be grey, and use Sharpie marker for the inner pupil of the eye and the shoes. Involve your children in the coloring of your SpongeBob character. For example, you can show them which color to use, and where to place it, and let them do the coloring.
Then glue or tape the SpongeBob character to the front of the paper bag. Be sure to use the type of bag which has handles. Fill the bag with candy. Tie a rope or twine to the handles. Then hang this assemblage to a tree like you would any pinata, and take a swing at it. When you’ve finished, only the bag will be broken and you can retain your SpongeBob drawing to adorn your child’s room. Then reuse it in future years at other birthday parties.
This is a really fun project which will give you and your family loads of fun for years to come.