You know what’s fun? Pinatas are fun. Why do we only get to play with pinatas when we are young? Today’s crafty DIY project will change all of that. These mini pinatas favors are so adorable and they’re even more fun to make than they are to play with. One of the best things about being an adult is finding ways to have as much fun as the kids. This craft is perfect for inspiring some childlike joy for children and adults alike.
Mini pinatas can be stuffed with anything that you can fit inside. Fill them up with candy, treats, small gifts, and more. They’re even great to make as a fun way to deliver a little note! Use your imagination and get those creative juices flowing while you build these DIY Mini Pinatas. I think they’d make a great addition to a festive party or themed gathering but they’re also fun for an ‘anytime’ kind of surprise.
DIY Mini Pinatas:
Materials Needed to Make Mini Pinatas:
- Cardboard (use an empty cereal or cracker box)
- Small Dish (ours is 3.5″ in diameter
- White Glue
- Tissue Paper
- Curling Ribbon
- Hot Glue
- Metallic Treat bags, if desired
- 0.6″ circle paper punch
Mini Pinatas Instructions for Assembly:
- Use the small dish as a template to cut out circles onto card board. You will need 2 circles per pinata.
- Cut a small strip of card board about 1″ x 12″ of the card board. Cut a piece of curling ribbon about 18″ long. Use hot glue to attach the curling ribbon to the long strip of card board and adhere it well.
- Add hot glue to one circle, near the edge and carefully attach the cardboard strip to the hot glue. Make sure to keep the ribbon sticking out of the edge of the pinata. Let set.
- Fill the container with candy before adding hot glue to the edge of the strip (that’s attached to the circle) and placing the other circle on top to close the pinata.
- Cut 2 more shorter pieces of curling ribbon (8-12″) and adhere them to the edge of the pinata as shown with hot glue.
- Fold one sheet of tissue paper in fourths (or 6ths, if your paper is large) by folding in half and then in half again.
- Trim off about 1″ of tissue paper, cutting all four sheets at once and then cut small fringe marks into the paper.
- Trim the tissue paper to about 1″ wide and begin to adhere it to the edge of the pinata with white glue. Note: Using one single piece of tissue paper is challenging. It rips easily or the glue begins to leak through very quickly, therefore two sheets work best. Just glue two sheets together at a time, place glue on the edge of the card board and continue all the way around until completely covered.
- Use those same strips of tissue paper an begin to cover the mini pinatas. You can choose any design you want, circles, lines, etc. Once you have all of your tissue paper on the pinata, fluff it gently with your fingers.
- Add accents with the metallic paper gift bags if desired. We used a circle punch to cut out some circle accents and add them to the pinata with white glue.
- If you place your ruffled tissue paper in a line you can trim them to almost the correct size (three color pinata) or you can extend the paper beyond the edge of the pinata and trim later. Either way works (yellow and pink pinata).
- To open, pull a piece of curling ribbon. Only one will open the pinata.