These are some of the piñatas we’ve made in the past.

Penguin for the Mary Poppins birthday (see more here)

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The Cheshire Cat for the Alice in Wonderland birthday (see more here)

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The butterfly for the Fancy Nancy birthday (see more here)

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I  have received questions and emails from some of you regarding piñatas.
Making your own piñata is really not hard. You have to plan a little bit in advance because it needs to have time to dry, but your children can even help with most of it.

This is the minion piñata we made this year for the Despicable Me birthday party

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What you will need:
- newspaper
- paper maché paste (there are a ton of options out there,  mixing flour with water, or mixing white glue with water. I actually buy a powder that you mix with water. For the Swiss people out there, I get “colle de poisson” or “colle d’amidon”)
- balloons
- crêpe paper
- glue stick
- cardstock (blue, yellow and black)
- a print out of the minion goggles – found HERE and resized to fit your minion.

Start by blowing up two balloons, connect them by taping a tube of paper between the two balloons.

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Prepare your glue mix and tear up some strips of newspaper

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Dip the strips in glue (they don’t have to be completely covered in glue, you’ll spread the glue out after)
This does not need to be very precise – in fact, your 3 or 4 year old can do this no problem.
They’ll have fun getting their fingers dirty in the glue.

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Cover the balloons – try to do it evenly and not miss spots but  no more than 4 layers of newspaper.
2 or 3 layers is probably enough.

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Let it dry. I usually leave it overnight.
Then we cut out a little window to put the treats in the piñata once it’s finished.

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Start covering the piñata with crêpe paper (I actually put a coat of white paint on this one because I didn’t want the newspaper to show through the yellow crêpe paper.
You can also use thin white paper instead of newspaper when you cover the balloon to avoid this extra step.)

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I did not want to do the frayed edge on the crêpe paper for this one, so I glued it tightly to the balloon.
This is what it looked like when we were finished. It was far from even but it worked.

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We printed out an eye – found HERE (I resized it in Photoshop)
The eye will be glued on at the end to cover the hole.

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Cut out and draw overalls for the minion out of cardstock.

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Make the back of the overalls in the same way.
I drew a mouth, which you can download HERE.

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Don’t forget to put a string through the top of the head (get a little hand to help you if the hole is too small for you)

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Knot a bead to the end of the string so that the string doesn’t come out.

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Add arms and legs (made out of cardstock)
Fill the piñata with goodies.

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Close the flap, secure with a piece of tape, and stick on the eye/goggles.
Hang it up and hit it!

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17 Comments

  1. Jeanette
    October 13, 2014

    Hi & thanks tor this tutorial
    Question
    When I photo crop the eye what size do I make it ??
    & when I print the eye will it come out the size it needs to be ?
    Thank you jeanette

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    • laura
      October 13, 2014

      Hi Jeanette.
      I didn’t resize the eye, I just used it as it was. I suppose it depends how big you make your piñata.
      Hope your piñata turns out great!

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      • Jeanette
        October 14, 2014

        Oh ok great thanks I will send u a pic lol

        Reply
  2. Laura Salazar
    November 17, 2014

    Precioso…!Mil gracias!

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  3. Mariette
    November 26, 2014

    Great this is a real lifesaver we will be attempting this today :)

    Reply
  4. Alexandra
    April 20, 2015

    How much candy fits inside this piñata?

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    • laura
      June 8, 2015

      That’s a very subjective thing..you don’t want your piñata to be too heavy. It all depends how big your balloons were, etc. Trial and error on this one. Have fun!

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    • Chrris
      July 19, 2015

      It depends on how big is your pinata.

      Reply
  5. Liz
    April 23, 2015

    What kind of glue did you use for the crepe paper? Also, how did you make the arms? Love your pinata. It looks great!

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    • laura
      June 8, 2015

      I used a glue stick for the crepe paper.
      I cut the arms out of card stock and folded them back at the “shoulder” so I could glue them on to the piñata

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  6. Shanny
    June 4, 2015

    Thank you so much for putting this up! A real life saver! However I can not seem to load the eye page or even the goggles.

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  7. Karen Ung (@playoutsidegal)
    June 5, 2015

    Thanks so much for this! We are having a minions party this weekend and your tutorial was a lifesaver. Our pinata was half way done but the eye and mouth cutouts make it look SO good. Thank you!!

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  8. Karen Ung (@playoutsidegal)
    June 5, 2015

    Actually the minion eye/goggle link isn’t working, but the mouth is! We will find another eye.

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  9. Sarah
    August 31, 2015

    I don’t get it do we burst the baloon and add the goodies thru the hole? Nd if we hit the pinata will it break?

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    • laura
      August 31, 2015

      Usually, as the piñata is drying and the balloon loses air/shrinks inside, it pops. I’ve also had the balloon pop when I cut the hole. If you hit the piñata it will break. Of course, it will also depend on how thick you make it (how many layers of paper mâché).

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  10. Katrina
    October 7, 2015

    I can’t open link to minion eye ,?
    Comes up with a blank page/ or can’t open At all

    Reply

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