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Mini Piñatas DIY

Yea! It’s a piñata day! We miss Mexican food here in Paris since it isn’t as readily available as back home so we started having Taco Tuesdays where my friend Rubi makes amazing homemade tacos. Last night we got together and I made everyone their own personalized mini piñatas. There was one at each person’s plate filled with treats and surprises. You just open the flap on the bottom to remove the treats. So fun!

Materials Needed: Cereal boxes, scissors, exacto knife, crepe paper in folds, tape, glue

Step One: Draw a picture of the donkey on a cereal box and cut it out with scissors. You need one for the front and one for the back of each pinata. Then cut out long strips from the cereal box about 1.5″ thick. Tape the front and the back together with the strip. (See more detailed instructions here.)

Step Two: Once your armature is built its time to decorate. Cut off the end of the crepe paper fold and cut on one side to create the fringe. Add lines of glue starting at the bottom. Then glue on the fringe, wrapping it around the pinata until its all covered.

Step Three: When you are done cut a trap door at the bottom to fill with treats like small candies, gifts, party poppers, and confetti. Guests can choose to use the little door or can take it apart anyway they like to get the goods.

I loved making these! They were ridiculously fun to work on. Next time I’ll make the ears separate but I started making them late at night so I didn’t think of it until the next day when they were close to done. I also experimented with tails but I thought it looked better sans tail so I left it as is.

You can find the other piñatas in my piñata series right here.

All photos by Oh Happy Day

  1. atie j

    October 20, 2011

    i think im making these for my daughter’s bday party soon. thanks for the idea. 😀

  2. Pinatas

    October 21, 2011

    This is SUCH a cute idea and is pretty cool!! I really loved the pinata.

  3. Kirk

    October 26, 2011

    This one is one project i wanted to do with my friends, but it was so hard at

    1. the thickness paste of donkey.
    2. crepe paper have to go from the bottom to the top and be very careful with glue.

    I still haven’t have the best solution to do the thickness of donkey, because it is very hard to bent cereal paper into the exact way i want, what i did is to put tissue fold many times and paste in between of 2 donkey.

    anyone can help me out?

    mine wasn’t so sweet like this one in the picture

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