How to Make a Piñata

This super simple DIY piñata—no paper mache required—is sure to make any party that much sweeter.

What You Need

  1. Check Cardboard box
  2. Check Pen
  3. Check Masking tape
  4. Check Scissors
  5. Check String
  6. Check Craft knife
  7. Check Cream crepe paper
  8. Check Pink crepe paper
  9. Check Colored construction paper
  10. Check Hot glue and hot glue gun or white craft glue

Follow These Steps

  1. Cut three circles out of cardboard using a large dinner plate as a guide (we used an 11-inch plate).

  2. Cut an inner hole from all three circles using a smaller dish, like a bowl (ours was 5 inches).

  3. In two of the circles, punch a hole about ¼-inch from the top (this is where you’ll thread the string for hanging.)

  4. Use string to measure the circumference of the inner circle. Cut strip of cardboard to match that length, approximately 2 inches wide. Roll the cardboard strip, then unroll.

  5. Use masking tape to secure the strip to one of the cardboard circles (one with a hole at the top!)

  6. Place another cardboard circle on top, lining up the holes at the top. Tape together.

  7. Use string to measure the circumference of the large circle. Cut a strip of cardboard to match that length, approximately 2 inches wide. Roll the cardboard strip, then unroll.

  8. Place the strip around the outside of the cardboard circles and secure with tape.

  9. Cut strips of cream crepe paper to wrap around the doughnut shape. To create fringe, roll each strip and cut halfway up about 6 times. Unroll.

  10. Wrap the fringed strips around the doughnut and secure on the back side with tape. Repeat until cardboard is covered.

  11. Use a pen to draw a squiggly circle inside the remaining cardboard circle. Cut.

  12. Wrap light pink crepe paper around the shape.

  13. Cut small rectangles from construction paper. Glue to the pink shape for “sprinkles.”

  14. Glue the pink ring to the donut shape.

  15. Add string to hang. Enjoy!