Yesterday was my oldest nephew’s 8th birthday, they were here in Cornwall on holiday and my sister had mentioned how he’d like a pinata, so to avoid packing for my very imminent house move I decided to DIY one. Lots of tutorials use paper mache, but that seemed like too much mess, so I went with cardboard and tape. Lots of tape.
You will need:
- cardboard – I used 2 cereal boxes
- sticky tape – I used brown packing tape for the construction and regular tape to attach the tissue paper
- string, yarn or ribbon – length depends on where you’re hanging it, but a finished length of 2-3m-ish. Mine was 6 x 3m lengths of yarn.
- sweets/chocolate – preferably things that can’t get crushed. I didn’t think about that and the chocolate bars and chewy bars were a bit squashed/broken, whereas the jelly sweets were fine.
What to do:
- Cut the narrow sides of the cereal boxes off the front and back pieces of the box.
- Overlap these narrow strips and tape together to make one long strip. This will become the sides of the pinata.
- Using a front piece of a box, draw the shape for the front/back of your pinata. Cut out 4 pieces.
- Using the packing tape, stick 2 of the front/back pieces together and repeat for the remaining 2 pieces.
- Using the packing tape, stick the long cardboard strip to one of the front/back pieces. Leave a gap so you can fill the pinata later.
- Repeat to add the other front/back piece to the pinata, again leaving a gap.
- Fill your pinata with the sweets/chocolate.
- Tape the gap shut.
- Make your hanging string: double/treble/quadruple or more your yarn/string, and tie a knot at each end to keep the strands together.
- Find the centre of your yarn/string, and tape this to the bottom of your pinata. Add more tape on either side. I stopped taping at the widest part of the top.
- Cut your tissue paper into5cm strips and cut fronds into each strip.
- Tape a rectangle of tissue paper to the bottom of the pinata.
- Add the frond strips around the pinata using regular sticky tape from the bottom up, overlapping by 3-4cm. I put tiny bits of tape at each corner and in the middle of the front & back pieces.
- Cut the fronds shorter just above where the string is.
- Hang, bash and eat!
I was a bit worried that my pinata would explode after a couple of hits, but it lasted for over 15 minutes of kid-hitting before the grown-ups gave it a couple of whacks to help the splitting. We did use a foam-type bat though, so using a wooden one would speed things up.