Learn How to Make Your Own Piñata

Boy hitting pinata at party
Piñata's are very popular at birthday parties. kali9/Getty Images

The ideas here will teach you how to make your own piñatas using a couple different techniques. You will be inspired when you discover how easy it can be.

For those who might not know, a piñata is a container filled with candies and even small toys. A piñata is usually decorated to be bright and colorful and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you make your own pinata, you can make it any size or shape that you like.

Piñatas can be used as a game at special events, especially birthday parties. They are hung from a tree branch or other higher place. One at a time, the participants are blindfolded, spun around a few times, and then they swing a stick or bat at the piñata. The goal is to break them open so the candy and toys inside spill out. When the piñata is broken open, everyone scrambles to gather as many goodies as possible. Of course, you should keep this in mind while you are designing and making your piñata.

Methods to Make Piñatas

Here are two methods you can use to make your own piñatas at home. The first is using paper mache techniques. While this method is messy and the process takes a few days to complete, the end result will be a more traditional, sturdy piñata. You can also create a simple piñata using a paper bag. If you are looking for a quicker, no-mess project, this should be the method you choose.

Keep in mind that a paper bag piñata might not break as nicely when it comes to playing the game as a paper mache one.

You can explore both methods here:

  1. How to Make a Paper Mache Piñata 
    | Step-by-Step Directions |
  2. How to Make a Paper Bag Piñata 
    | Step-by-Step Directions |

How to Design Your Piñata

While you can embellish a paper bag piñata in whatever way you like, you can get much more creative using paper mache techniques.

The paper mache pinata directions above give directions for making a round pinata using a balloon. While you should stick with using a balloon or other thin item as the base of your paper mache, you can add details using cardboard, masking tape, and other objects (see a list of possible objects). For example, to make a piñata that looks like a fish, start with a large balloon and cut a tail and fin shapes out of lightweight cardboard. You can wrap the cardboard with newspaper to give it a little more body and shape. Attach the fins and tail to the fish using masking tape. You can then follow these step-by-step directions to paper mache your piñata.

Use your imagination and you can make a piñata to fit and party theme or holiday - anything is possible if you set your mind to it.