Time To Party! Learn How To Make A Pinata!

Some of the most popular party ideas are pom poms and balloons. You can make and hang some pom poms, blow up some balloons and decorate your terrace for a birthday party. Kids will love it and have fun playing around with them. However, you can make the party even more interesting and exciting by hanging a pinata-another popular fun activity for birthday parties.

A unicorn shaped pinata

However, buying one can be a waste of money since you can make your own pinata. Making one is very simple and inexpensive. A DIY pinata doesn’t require any special tools or being an expert. You can create one using cardboard, colourful wrapping paper or even toilet paper rolls. Here’s a step-by-step pinata tutorial on how to make one.

How to make a paper mache pinata

Papier mache is a technique in which paper is used to form complex items. It’s one of the most used ways to make a pinata. Almost all of the materials and tools you need to make one you have them in your house. But even those you don’t have, you can find them at the nearest store and at a low price. Let’s see how to make a paper mache pinata.

Needed materials:

  • 2 large bowls
  • 1 ½ part of water
  • 1 part flour
  • Plastic wrap
  • Twine
  • Newspaper
  • Coloured tissue paper/ streamer paper
  • Balloons

Steps to follow:

1. Blow up the balloon as large as possible to form the pinata base.

2. Get a bowl that the balloon will fit on top of it and cover it with plastic wrap. Then, place your balloon on top of the bowl.

3. Grab the newspaper and tear several pages into strips. The strips should be about 2.5cm wide and 15-20cm long. Place them afterwards next to the balloon.

4. It’s time now to make the paper mache paste. Mix in a bowl 1 and a half parts of water and a part of the flour. Stir them until you form a papier-mache paste.

A child is making a pinata using a ballon and strips of newspaper

5. Start now to dip the strips of newspaper into the paper mache paste. Dip each one into the paste and spread it onto the balloon. Just make sure to spread them in different directions and cover the entire balloon. Don’t forget to leave a small hole on top of the balloon where it is tied to remove it once you’re finished and fill it.

6. Let the first layer completely dry, and then add two or three layers of paper mache.

7. Once it’s dry, pop the balloon and remove it through the hole you left.

8. The easiest way to decorate your DIY pinata is to paint it with bright, vibrant colours and hang some wrapping paper at the bottom. But you can make it more interesting by adding some tissue paper.

9. Then, poke four holes around the larger hole and thread twine or a piece of yarn through each hole. Tie them together at the top and secure them using masking tape.

10. Finally, tie a long piece of string onto those to hang your pinata. Just before tightening the string, stuff it with confetti, candies or any other small gifts you like.

How to make a pinata with a cardboard box

A pinata needs to be made of solid material to withstand the treats it is filled with and bash it with a stick, so all the fillers are scattered around the room. One hard material that can be used is cardboard. Here’s a tutorial for a DIY pinata made from cardboard.

A woman decorating cactus shaped pinata made from cardboard box

Needed materials:

  • A cardboard box (you can also use some pieces of thickish cardboard)
  • Masking or duct tape
  • A pen
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Crepe paper
  • Glue or sticky tape
  • String

Steps to follow:

  1. Draw onto one large piece of cardboard the shape you want your pinata to have. You can draw a horse, a cupcake or find many free printables online. Cut it out. Draw that cut out on a second side of the box and cut it out. You should now have two, the front and the back.
  2. Next, cut the flaps of the box to form the sides of your pinata.
  3. Using duct tape, tape the side strips to the front and then tape the back on. Before you tape the backside, insert the candies, stickers, small toys or anything else you like. Then, attach the backside.
  4. Poke a hole on each side of your pinata and insert the string so you can hang it for the party.
  5. Cover the whole pinata with some crepe paper to cover the box images.
  6. It’s time now to decorate your shaped pinata, depending on the drawing you have chosen. Cut some wrapping paper and glue it over the box.

Ta-Da!!! Your party pinata is ready!

How to make a pinata of a cereal box

But even if you can’t find cardboard, and you still want to make a homemade pinata, there’s a solution. You can use an empty cereal box. It’s hard enough, and you can use it to build one for your child’s birthday or your best friend’s baby shower party. 

Needed materials:

  • An empty cereal box
  • Wrapping paper
  • Masking tape
  • Landscaping wire or twine
  • Streamer paper
  • A screwdriver

Steps to follow:

  1. Fill the box with the gifts and close it with the tabs. Don’t secure it. The top of the box will be the bottom of the pinata, and you want it to be easy to open when the children hit it.
  2. Wrap the box with wrapping paper, making sure you secure the top of the box with a few small pieces of tape, so it will be easy to open.
  3. With your screwdriver, poke a small hole on every two sides of the top of the pinata.
  4. Thread landscaping wire in one hole through the other. You’re going to use this to hang your project.

EXTRA TIP: Once you have finished your homemade pinata, you can decorate it using crepe paper.

NOTE: In case you throw a party for younger children, or you have a narrow space, you better consider building a pull string pinata, which is similar to the traditional pinata but with a few exceptions. 

  • Create a secret trap door at the bottom of the pinata
  • Attach to bottom 20-30 ribbons. Be sure, though, that one of the ribbons be attached to the trap door. Thus, when a child pulls that ribbon, the door will open, and all the secret gifts will spread around the room. 

Ideas to fill a pinata for kids

Pinatas are usually filled with candies. Yet, if you want more healthy pinata filler alternatives, there are plenty of choices to fill your own pinata for your next party and satisfy both girls and boys.

A girl is going to hit a horse shaped pinata hanging from a tree at a birthday party

  1. Pencils and erasers.
  2. Hair Bands, scrunchies, clips and bows
  3. Jumping frogs
  4. Finger puppets
  5. Stickers
  6. Spinning tops
  7. Small plastic toys
  8. Lego 

Ideas to fill a pinata for adults

However, a pinata isn’t only for kids. It’s a funny activity that adults will enjoy as well. Here are some stuffer ideas for your next fiesta! We promise that your guests will have as much fun as the kids.

  1. Keychain bottle openers
  2. Plastic mini bottles of your favourite beverages and drinks
  3. Chocolate discs
  4. Gum
  5. Small flashlights
  6. Decks of cards
  7. Guitar picks

A horse shaped pinata decorated with multicoloured crepe paper

As you can see, making a pinata isn’t as hard as you might think it is. It’s an easy DIY craft project that both children and adults will enjoy. Make your own and fill it with goodies that will satisfy your guests. But, even if you aren’t sure what to fill it with, some confetti and candies will work well. The key to this game-like activity is to have fun. And we promise you will!

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