How to Make a Piñata

Create this festive piñata using simple materials and brilliant colors. You may not want to smash it after you finish this easy project.

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DIY Pinata

Remove all four flaps from cardboard box. Set aside.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 extra-large cardboard moving box
  • 4 toilet paper roll tubes or 2 paper towel tubes cut in half
  • 4 rolls colorful crepe paper
  • 1 white poster board
  • 1 sheet colorful tissue paper
  • scissors
  • box cutter
  • black marker
  • pencil or chalk
  • craft glue
  • masking tape
  • packing tape
  • rope

Draw Donkey Outline

Remove all four flaps from cardboard box. Set aside. With a pencil or chalk, create the outline of a donkey and cut along the outline. Make sure to cut through both sides of the cardboard box.

Create Donkey Structure

To create braces for the structure, glue 4 toilet paper roll tubes upright with craft glue. Make sure to space them evenly from head to tail. Apply glue to the tops of the tubes and place second cutout on top. Let dry completely (images 1 and 2).

Cut and Attach Cardboard Strips

Measure the space between two cardboard sides — approximately 5 inches (image 1) — and cut strips from the cardboard flaps previously set aside. Attach strips between both sides of the piñata and secure with masking tape (image 2).

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