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Making a Birthday Number Piñata

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1 shaped Piñata sitting in the grass
Making a piñata for an upcoming birthday is a fun craft that allows you to create your own design. One possibility it to create one reflecting the age of the celebrant. This page contains instructions for making a birthday number piñata.


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I made this birthday number "1" piñata by recycling shipping boxes I received from my Target orders. The only item I needed to purchase was the metallic gold tissue paper, 8 count, at Target for $1.49. You could use paint if you wanted or decorate with other materials you have on hand making this project essentially free.Birthday Number Piñata - finished piñata sitting on mantle

This craft cost less than $2 compared to purchasing a store bought generic piñata for $15-30. I worked on this project a little per day, but you can definitely get this piñata done in a couple of hours.

Total Time: A couple of hours


  • shipping boxes
  • X-acto knife
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • tissue paper
  • glue
Birthday Number Piñata - gold metallic paper
Birthday Number Piñata - cardboard box


  1. The larger the box, the better. I freehand the number "1" with a Sharpie on the box and using an X-acto knife cut it out.
  2. Birthday Number Piñata - draw the number free hand with your Sharpie
    Birthday Number Piñata - cut out with X-acto knife
    Birthday Number Piñata - number 1 cut out
  3. Once you cut the "1" out, you will need to trace another one and cut it out. Also cut out a long strip of cardboard the same width as the center of the 1 (as pictured).
  4. Birthday Number Piñata - two numbers and the strip to go in-between
  5. Using the long strip you cut earlier, set it beside the "1" and cut to fit the edges all around to form a hollow "1". Using masking tape, securely piece the strip along the number 1.
  6. Birthday Number Piñata - use the long cardboard strip to begin cutting and fitting to make your hollow number
    Birthday Number Piñata - tape
    Birthday Number Piñata - part of the number with strip taped on
    Birthday Number Piñata - taping one side of the lower crossbar
    Birthday Number Piñata - view of the inside as the strip is being taped
    Birthday Number Piñata - finished one side of the hollow number one looking inside
    Birthday Number Piñata - outside of the taped number
    Birthday Number Piñata - closeup of the number standing on floor
  7. I used a gold metallic tissue paper from Target and covered the entire number "1".
  8. Birthday Number Piñata - begin to wrap entire number in gold paper
    Birthday Number Piñata - wrapping and taping
  9. Time to make the fringes for the piñata. Decide how thick you want the gold strips to be, then cut slits all across the strip leaving 1-1.5 cm at the end.
  10. Birthday Number Piñata - creating fringe
    Birthday Number Piñata - fringe being added
  11. Cut the strips to fit the "1" until you covered the entire "1". Glue down and repeat. At the top cut a hole so you can put your goodies inside and cover the hole.
  12. Birthday Number Piñata - taping fringe
    Birthday Number Piñata - fringe on bottom of number
    Birthday Number Piñata - closeup of fringe on crossbar bottom
    Birthday Number Piñata - continue adding fringe and gluing in place partially covered at top
    Birthday Number Piñata - fringe finished at top
    Birthday Number Piñata - front view of the number one
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