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Making a Piñata

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Piñatas are a great addition to any party. Instead of buying one premade, why not try making your own? This is a guide about making a piñata.


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June 1, 2007

For my three year old's birthday party, we wanted to have a pinata. There were to be about 12 children there so we knew we would need quite a few treats. We spent about $10.00 just on the treats, only to discover that the cheapest pinata was $13.00. Rather than buy one, we went to our local H.G. Hills supermarket and picked up a brown paper grocery bag with handles, for free, of course. We then took markers and drew designs on it. (Being a square bag, it was perfect for coloring yellow and adding a large face.)

Of course, you could design anything you wanted, or nothing at all for that matter. The kids only want the candy anyway. We tied the handles together and tied our "pinata" to a tree. It was the best pinata I have ever seen! The kids loved it. It had the perfect amount of strength to it. The oldest child was about 8, and we didn't even put a blindfold on her. We let her go last so she could be the one to break it, and this was after about 10 others had hit it. Several of the parents said it was what they would do from now on. Now I can buy better treats because I no longer have to buy the expensive pinata!


By Delene from Portland, TN

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

A latex balloon can be used as a mold for making your own piñata for an upcoming party. This is a guide about making a DIY balloon piñata.

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February 6, 20170 found this helpful

Using an inflated balloon as the mold is a good way to begin making your own piñata for an upcoming party. This is a guide about making a balloon piñata.

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October 27, 2008

For a children's party, make your own pinata and have your child help. Kids love busting open a pinata. When you make one at home, it won't look like all the others, you customize it to your theme, your child gets involved and learns a new craft, and you save a lot of money.


Store-bought pinatas are expensive, and you can make one for the cost of one balloon, old newspaper waiting to be re-used or recycled, a few cups of flour, and decorations that you probably already have.

There are lots of Web sites with instructions on how to make your own pinata. The key is to start about a week before the party, because it will take about 30 minutes a day for 3-to-5 days to allow for the layers to dry and decorate it.

By Britt from Boston, MA

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September 26, 20050 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to make a pinata? Every year my brother and I have a party for the family. We've bought pinatas for the last two. Since they go over very well with the children, I'd like to make my own.


Darlene from Michigan


September 27, 20050 found this helpful

I made one for my daughter last year on her birthday. The kids loved it!
You need to gather the following items:

1 balloon - as large as you want.
1 old news paper torn in odd pieces - 2 inches square.
1 cup of flour - or more as you need extra paste.
1/2 cup of water - more or less to paste consistency to
6 feet of yarn - or strong cord to tie the Piñata.
1 or 2 or 3 streamers of crepe paper to decorate it.
1 small bottle of Elmer's glue to glue the crepe paper.
Masking tape.

You need to do the following:

Inflate the balloon - make a knot to keep in the air.
Tie the balloon with a string to hang it up.
Make your paste with the flour and the water until you
have the consistency of Elmer's glue.
Start dipping the newspaper pieces into the paste and


cover the balloon with two layers.
Let the layer dry for a day.
Next day if the paper feels dry when you touch it, then:

Wrap the balloon with the yarn to give it strength to hold when swinging it.
Put another two layers of newspapers dipped in paste.
Let it dry for another day.
The decoration:

The crepe paper streamers have to be cut up with a fringe, curl up with the help of the pencil, starting from the uncut side, cut up to handle them right.
Start from the bottom and layer them overlapping.
Make cones with newspaper and attach them to the balloon with masking tape,
Decorate the cones with the crepe paper, adding strings to the tips.

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By SNIGDIBBLY (Guest Post)
September 28, 20050 found this helpful

http://www.bry-  yfun/pinata.html

Has simple and easy directions on how to make your own Pinata. A google search can bring many more similar sites.

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By sarah (Guest Post)
January 11, 20060 found this helpful

How do I make a Mickey Mouse Pinata

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By jazzy (Guest Post)
May 19, 20070 found this helpful

how do i make my own mickey mouse pinata???

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By Mely (Guest Post)
August 1, 20080 found this helpful

Can someone please help me. I would like to make my own pinata the theme is pebbles flinstone.


I would like to know if anyone has done one or any idea how to make it. Please let me know thanks. I am celebrating my daughter's first birthday.

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