Wondering how to make a piñata? In fact, are you wondering how to make a piñata the easy way? I was too, so I decided to figure it out and have come up with a handy printable on How To Make A Pinata The Easy Way. The great news, making a piñata is not that hard either, and it will save you a lot of money on your next birthday party! I’m going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to make your own piñata – so keep reading!
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It’s no secret, I love kids birthday parties and love to host them at home. People ask me all the time how I do it? How could I possibly enjoy having a bunch of little kids over, hyped up on sugar running through my house for a birthday party?
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I’ll tell you, that’s not the part of a birthday party that I enjoy! Yes, there tends to be the crazy, hyped up part of a party, but there is a way to do an at home party that doesn’t create so much chaos.Control costs by hosting birthday parties at your home! Click To Tweet
For me, I love doing at home birthday parties for my kids because I can control the cost. There are so many fantastic ways to host an at home party that won’t break the bank! One of the big expenses of hosting a birthday party is the piñata, especially if you want a really cool one. And, what’s a kids birthday party without a piñata – right?!
I mean what kid doesn’t love taking a bat and whacking the side of a box hoping to break it open to reveal the mother of a all gifts – CANDY! I mean, when else will your mom give you a bat and tell you to go break something?
I’ve spent many hours in the past making piñata’s – long before I knew the simple trick of how to make a piñata the easy way! Trust me, there is a trick to making a piñata the easy way – in fact, there are a couple tricks.Make a pinata the easy way! Get FREE printable step-by-step instructions now! Click To Tweet
Tricks To Making A Pinata The Easy Way
- Use a box. I like to use an Amazon box. It doesn’t matter what shape, as long as it’s some type of square or rectangle. The easiest way to make a pinata is to choose one that uses a square or rectangle shape, so you can keep the integrity of the box. What I mean, is rather than make the shape of a circular donut, instead make a box of a whole bunch of donuts, so you can use a rectangular box.
- Use Strong Rope. You need to make sure you use pretty strong rope to hang the piñata with. One time, not too long ago actually, I made a great piñata for my son’s birthday party. The rope I used to hang was actually twine. While it looked really cute and rustic, my son and his friends took only a few whacks at it, and the rope broke and the whole pinata fell to the ground – without breaking open. Just make sure you use really strong rope.
- Reinforce The Rope. Make sure you reinforce the area you will hang the rope from so the piñata will hold up to being whacked a whole bunch of times! Another mistake I’ve made is to not reinforce the part of the box where the rope will hang and the piñata breaks right off the rope and falls to the ground. You will want to reinforce the box with extra duct tape so it will hold up.
- Don’t Overfill Your Box. It’s very easy to make your box too heavy and it will either break the rope, or the box will fall right off the rope. Fill it about ½ way full, unless you are using a lot of filler items that are not very heavy (like stickers, small plastic toys, tattoos, etc).
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How To Make A Pinata The Easy Way
Step 1: Collect Supplies
Find a square or rectangle box and streamers that you want to use to cover your box. You will also need candy and filler items you want to put inside your box. Next, you need to make the design you want on the outside of your box.
For this tutorial, I’m making an Outdoor Adventure piñata that resembles a treasure map. I’m using the same graphics that I used for the party invitations and just continuing the design throughout the party to the piñata.
I simply used Canva to create my design, and just printed out the artwork as big as I could on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and then cut them out.
Step 2: Reinforce the Rope Holes
Make sure to use tape to reinforce the spot where you plan to put the rope. I used packing tape and taped both the inside of the box and the outside of the box to reinforce where the rope would go so that the rope would not break right through the box. I’d suggest using even stronger tape, like duct tape for this step if you have it.
Step 3: String Your Rope
Once your box is reinforced, cut two holes about 1 inch apart and string your rope through the holes and tie a knot. Use strong rope so that the rope doesn’t break when the kids are taking whacks at the pinata. Trust me, I’ve had this happen and it wasn’t as fun as having the pinata open while it was still hanging.
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Step 4: Fill Box With Candy
Fill the box with candy and tape it closed. Don’t make the box too heavy or it might break the rope before it’s hit open by the kids. If you are using a lot of little filler items that are not candy you might be able to fill it the box fuller because those things don’t weigh too much. If you are using all candy, make sure you only fill it ½ full so it’s not too heavy.
Trust me, I did this. When I made this piñata , I filled it too full of full-size candy bars (after all, 8 year old boys want big candy – right?!), and after just a few hits, the rope broke because the piñata was so heavy! After you fill it, tape it closed.
Step 5: Cut Streamers For Sides
Next, you will need to cut smaller strips of streamers for the top and bottom of the box. Start with the top where the rope is and tape streamers to the sides, overlapping the sides, but make sure the rope is still visible.
Step 6: Cover Both Sides
Flip the box over and do the same thing to the bottom side of the box. Cut streamers and tape to the side covering the whole bottom of the box.
Step 7: Wrap Streamers Around The Whole Box
Now, take the roll of streamers and without breaking the streamer, start wrapping it around the whole box, keeping it pretty tight. I alternated colors by wrapping a third of the box with orange streamers and taping it off. Then I took red and wrapped it around the box where I left off and finished again with orange.
Step 8: Cover Entire Box
Once you cover the entire box, secure with tape. Looking good huh?! You are almost done!
Step 9: Decorate The Box
Using the graphics you created in Canva, decorate the front of your box. Keep in mind, you don’t have to use Canva to create graphics for the front of your box.
You can draw something on paper and glue it on, or just print a clipart image or design off of Google. This is also the prefect time to add glitter! Whatever you to do, just get your box decorated.
Step 10: Finish & Hang!
You are done! Way to go! That looks awesome! Now hang it up and get ready for all the kids at your party to have a blast! That wasn’t too hard was it?!
See, I told you making your own piñata wasn’t too hard! I’m so proud of you, and think of how much money you just saved making your own piñata!
Way to go momma! You will easily save yourself $20-30 because you won’t need to go buy a piñata from the store. Just remember, the easiest piñatas are the ones made from a square or rectangle box.Making your own pinata is easy, frugal, and fun! Click To Tweet
When you are trying to decide what kind of piñata to make, just make something that goes along with your theme that you can make from a square or rectangle box.
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I can’t wait to see what your piñata turns out like! Post a photo on my Facebook page or comment below and tell me all about it! Hugs!
More Frugal Birthday Party Planning Posts
I have a bunch of frugal birthday party planning posts! Here are few of my favorites – they will be sure to help you plan a frugal fun birthday party for your child!
- One & Only Theme That Fits Any Kids Birthday Party – how to come up with awesome games to play at ANY birthday party!
- Best Boy Birthday Party Themes– awesome theme ideas for boy at home birthday parties!
- How To Throw Two Birthday Parties On The Same Day – ideas for how you can host two parties on the same day to not only save time, but also a lot of money!