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How to make a pinata

Posted by  ·  December 28, 2009  ·  Last Updated: February 4, 2019

My daughter says it is not a party without a pinata. Let me how to make a pinata. It is easier than you think and kids will love to get in on the action.girl holding homemade snowman pinats

Pinata Supplies

  • Balloons (thin box or thin cardboard) for the foundation
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • String (or fishing line) for hanging
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Glue (white school glue works great)
  • Crepe Paper, not tissue paper (I used the kind that is in a roll used for party supplies)
  • Construction paper
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Candy and small party favor toys games etc…. for the filling the pinata

How to Make a Pinata

Blow up balloons and tape together in the desired shape. We are making a snowman pinata. The sky is the limit. You can make any shape from unicorns to cupcakes. You can even make the traditional star shape pinata for a Cinco de Mayo.

balloons on newspaper

The next step is ooey gooey fun for kids. Paper mache is always a hit with kids.  Mix up a thick soupy mixture of flour and water. No recipe needed. Place about a cup of flour in a bowl and add water until it is the consistency of a soupy pudding. You will want this mixture thick enough that it sticks to the paper.

paper mache in green bowl

Cut or tear strips of newspaper and begin covering balloons. The balloons will need 2-3 layers depending on the strength of the party attendees. Older children might need more layers. Don’t make it too strong or the kids won’t be able to break it open.

paper mache balloons

Before the final layer add a strong string for hanging the pinata. The string went all the way around the snowman to keep the head from being knocked off. Pieces of tape kept the string in place around the snowman until the final layer was put on and dry. Once the balloon is covered allow pinata to dry completely. I could take a day or so depending on the humidity. Cut a small hole somewhere on the pinata (we cut the hole in the top of the head). The hole only needs to be big enough to slip the candy and toys inside.  Fill with goodies.

making snowman pinata

Fold strips of crepe paper in half. Make slits on the folded sided 1/4″ – 1/2″ apart.

crepe paper and scissors

Glue uncut edges of the strips of crepe paper.  spiraling around entire pinata, cutting more strips as needed. Slightly pull crepe paper as gluing to allow the cut edges to pop out.

crepe favorite fringe for pinata

Allow pinata to dry and then add details. Hot glue construction paper buttons, eyes and a cone shape for the nose to the pinata. The scarf is made of felt (one piece cut in thirds lengthwise, sewn end to end, with slits cut on the outside ends to make fringe).

snowman pinata how to make a pinata

See the pinata in action at Bella’s breakfast with Santa birthday party. The girls had so much fun. Now you know how to make a pinata here are some fun party games to also keep the kids entertained. If you don’t have time to make a pinata you can always buy one.

I am also a huge fan of personalized favors for parties.

If you are celebrating a birthday here is the most adorable DIY birthday cake topper! It is the perfect way to dress up a store bought or homemade cake. In a pinch here are some free printable birthday cards.

I hope you have everything you need to celebrate!

It is not a party without a pinata. Let me how to make a pinata. It is easier than you think and kids will love to get in on the action. #kids #parties #crafts

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  1. Michelle Whitt
    Friday, December 9th, 2016
    So, only the head gets filled with candy?
    • Cindy
      Monday, December 12th, 2016
      You can really fill whatever part of the snowman you want. We did just fill the head on our snowman, but the hole can be cut anywhere on the snowman. Cut hole, fill then replace piece you cut away and fasten with tape and then decorate with crepe paper.
  2. Meghan
    Monday, January 4th, 2016
    Hi I I'm making this snowman pinata ,but am having problems keeping them balls to stay connected d to eachother? Have any suggestions any of your expert adivice would be amazing thanks
    • Cindy
      Monday, February 4th, 2019
      Hello Meghan, I taped the balloons together with masking tape to hold them together long enough to get the first layer on. Hope this help!
  3. Monday, November 26th, 2012
    Absolutely LOVE this!! So, so cute :)

    I also wanted to let you know that I featured you on my blog today
  4. Allie
    Saturday, August 18th, 2012
    Bella was clearly happy! Score!!
  5. Monday, November 28th, 2011
    How funny! My grandkids would love to do this. You have many clever ideas on this site. I never would have thought of this unless I had stumbled upon your site. Great ideas!
  6. Thursday, January 13th, 2011
    love this!
    great for all those winter days without snow.
    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

    many greetings, doro.
  7. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
    This is adorable! We always made them as kids, but they were UGLY and TOO HARD to break open. I think we did too many layers of newspaper. I've wanted to try again with my kids, and you just gave me great inspiration. Thanks!
  8. elif
    Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
    gerçekten çok güzel olmuş....türkiye bunu beğendi...
  9. Marsha
    Saturday, February 6th, 2010
    I have boy/girl twins and we are doing a winter/snow theme so this is perfect! Cna't wait to make it for next Saturday's party! ;)
  10. Magda
    Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    For diferent shaped pinatas. Use helium ballons in the desire shape/character.
  11. Nicole
    Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
    I love this idea and the entire birthday party theme! Now I just have to convince my March and/or September daughters that a snowman/Christmas theme party is PERFECT for them! LOL
  12. Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
    Love it.
  13. Monday, December 28th, 2009
    Very clever! Now if I could only figure out how to make other shapes. LOL

  14. Monday, December 28th, 2009
    never thought that i can make pinatas .... counting the $$ that i can save! thanks ALOT for sharing.
  15. Monday, December 28th, 2009
    I have always wanted to know how to make these. Thank you so much!
  16. Laura
    Monday, December 28th, 2009
    It looks so easy and turns out beautiful!
  17. Silvelaine
    Monday, December 28th, 2009
    Muito divertido isso...
  18. Monday, December 28th, 2009
    What a cute idea and so much better than the store-bought pinatas. Great job!
  19. gemgirl
    Monday, December 28th, 2009
    They look terribly hard to break, especially blindfolded, but I guess that is the suspense of it. Yours looked so nice and the snow on the ground made it perfect. Fun to all the little girls.
  20. Monday, December 28th, 2009
    Now that is absolutely adorable! I love that you added a realistic-looking scarf to him. :-)
  21. Sheila
    Monday, December 28th, 2009
    Thank you so much for sharing how you made the adorable Snowman pinata! I can't wait to try to make one....My Grandson calls it a "pie yata"....It must be the Italian in him coming out....LOL