DIY Party Cow Tails

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

pin the tail from paper wine tags I used an adorable cow print as both a decorative focal point and a pin the tail game for my son’s second birthday. To create the perfect paper complement, I crafted “cow tails” from basic twine and paper drink tags. Check out this easy step-by-step for details on how to make them.

Farm Party art print and pin the tail game by moglea The kiddos got a huge kick out of playing this twist-on-a-classic party game!

New Year's wine glass tags by marabou These little paper rings are one of my favorite party products. I’ve used them for popsicle drip rings, paper garland and now: festive cow tails.

pin the tail supplies Supplies:
Natural Bunting Twine
• Glue sticks
• Glue gun
Modern Mint Glass Tags
• Scissors

pin the tail step-by-step Step 1:  Sort through your group of paper wine tags and select your preferred patterns. I’ve used the Modern Mint style here, but if you don’t have time to order them, you can craft your own discs by using patterned card stock, trimming them to a 2.5″ diameter circle and punching a smaller hole in the center.

Step 2: Using a length of twine, hold the trimmed end in your hand and draw the string down about 6 or 7″ to create a loop. Double the string back over and continue creating loops of this length while pinching one end. The number of loops you create can vary, but, for the tails pictured, I looped each one 15 times.

Step 3: Once you’ve made a small bundle, Take a short length of string and bind the end about an inch down. Trim the top loops above the binding and the bottom loops at the other end of the tail.

Step 4: Insert the bound part of the tail into the paper disc’s center hole.

Step 5: Turn the paper disc over, fan out the threads of string and grasp them with a finger to keep them flat. (This is an important step because it will allow the finished tails to hang smoothly on the game board.) Use hot glue to keep the string bundle in place.

Step 6: Your tail is complete! Hang them on a cork board or display them on a table near the game board. You can use a pin to secure the tails, but I prefer Washi tape or colored painter’s tape, because it won’t pull off the ink on the art print (and you can keep it long after the party!)

Cow tail piece for pin the tail game


• If you’re sticking with the cow theme, use colored bandanas for blindfolds.

• Pass out cow-themed prizes to the winners. I used a  self-inflating whoopee cushion and gag ice cubes with flies in them.


Mod Cow Party Post Here

Modern Mint Party Decor Minted

Farm Party Art Print Minted

Natural Twine Minted

Sign Calligraphy Laura Condouris

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  1. Ananasa

    So much fun!!! And so unique! we love this one, thank you for this post! Home For Handmade