Unique and Custom Birthday Party Pinatas

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Pinatas

Pinatas make a wonderful party activity. They also make a great addition to your party decorations until they are ready to be used. I have Pinatas at most of my children's birthday parties. What kid doesn't love to have candy and toys falling all around them? Today, there are pinatas for almost every party theme available to purchase. Or, if you want to be creative, you can make your own party pinata.

Mini pinatas are the latest trend in kid's birthday parties. I will also include instructions here on how you can make your own mini pinatas as well as places where you can purchase them.

Pull String Attachment Kit

Pinata Party Tips

  • Stay away from "Pinata filler" bags. Most of those bags are filled with junky candy and toys that most children will not like. Instead, go to your local Target or Party Store and pick up a few bags of the "better" candy.(chocolates, Starburst, Jolly Ranchers, Smarties, etc.) The kids will appreciate it! If you are including chocolate candy in the pinata, be sure to select bags of candy that are peanut-free just incase any of the children have a peanut allergy. It is always better safe than sorry.
  • Pinatas are not just for candy! You can also include small toys that coordinate with your party theme in the pinata as well. For example, tattoos, small figures, bracelets, mini bubbles, bounce balls, stickers, etc.
  • To hit the pinata or use a pull string? You have the option of purchasing a traditional pinata which you can hit with a stick or a pull-string pinata.  If you want to convert a traditional pinata into a pull-string pinata, you can purchase a pull-string attachement kit.
  • Keep a candy reserve. I learned this lesson after hosting my first birthday party. We did the Pinata activity and of course some of the smaller kids were unable to get to the candy and did not get much (some didn't get any!). And, since it is hard to get the other kids to give up their stash, this kind of caused a problem. Now, after I fill the pinata, I always keep a bowl of candy separate. Once the pinata is opened and all the candy is picked up, I am able to give some candy to any of the kids who were not able to get that much. Another idea would be to toss the reserve candy into the mix as the pinata is opening making sure that all of the kids can get to some.
  • Don't buy too much candy. I have done this quite a few times until I got it right. I have the habit buying too much candy for the number of guests. I think a good rule of thumb would be to have two handfuls of candy per guest.
  • Should I use a blindfold? I generally don't have a blindfold during the Pinata activity since I use the pull-string as mentioned above. However, if the kids are hitting the Pinata, you certainly could use a blindfold if you want. I would note that some kids, especially younger children, don't like to be blindfolded, so I would keep that in mind when making your decision.

Decorate your own Pinata

There are hundreds of different pinatas available to purchase, however, there may be some party themes where a coordinating Pinata cannot be found. Don't worry! You can decorate your own!

Purchase a plain Customizable Pinata. These can be found online or at your local party store (I know the Party City by me carries them). These pinatas come with the colorful streamers, but the front is blank. You can use photos cut out of magazines or downloaded from the Internet, stickers or a round mylar balloon to decorate the front to match your party theme and décor.

The best part of these customizable pinatas is that your child can help. So, not only do you get a fun Pinata to coordinate with your party theme, it is also a great project for your child to work on with you. Most children love helping with the party planning, so this would be the perfect activity.

Handmade Mini Pinatas

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Mini Pinata Favors

Mini pinatas are the latest trend in unique birthday party favors. These pinatas can also be used as Halloween treat bags and favor bags for other Holiday parties such as Valentine's Day, Easter and Christmas. They are simple to make and you can decorate them yourself to coordinate with your birthday party theme. Supplies needed: high stock quality posterboard, hot glue, masking or duct tape, crepe paper, string and decorating materials.

Mini pinata favors are generally 7-8" in height and 3-4" in diameter. Once you determine the size pinata you would like to make, measure and cut out the posterboard and fold to create a cylinder shape. Hot glue the posterboard together along the seam. Measure and cut out a circle from the posterboard. Hot glue the circle to the bottom of the pinata and then reinforce with tape.

It is now time to decorate your pinata for your birthday party theme. You can use wrapping paper or create and print out personalized labels. Another item many people use to decorate their mini pinatas is the napkins that came with their theme partyware. Use your imagination! Once you decide on the decorations, attach them to your pinata.

Next, punch two holes at the top of the pinata, one on each side. Thread coordinating colored string through the holes and tie a knot. The knot should be inside the cylinder. You have now created the pinata handle.

Measure and cut out another circle from the posterboard. It should be the same size as the one you made for the bottom of the pinata. Cut a small hole in the circle. The hole should be just large enough to insert and remove the candies and other pinata goodies. Using hot glue attach the circle to the top of the pinata.

You can then finish off your mini pinata with coordinating crepe paper attached around the top and the bottom of the pinata.

Classic Pinata Song

Spanish:Dale, dale, dale. No pierdas el tino. Porque si lo pierdes. Pierdes el camino.Ya le diste una. Ya le diste dos. Ya le diste tres. Y tu tiempo se acabó.

English:Hit it, hit it, hit it. Don't loose your aim. Because if you loose it. You loose the way.You hit it once. You hit it twice. You hit it three times. And your time is up.

Pinatas for Your Birthday Party

Princess Party Pinatas

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Princess Party Pinata
Princess Mini Pinata
Princess Mini Pinata

Make Your Own Princess Pinatas

I am so excited to share these pinatas made by one of my site visitors, Brooke. She made a large pinata and mini pinatas for her daughter Kassadie's 2nd birthday party. Making her own pinatas was a lot of fun and it helped her save money on the party, too. Here is how she made her pinatas:

Large Pinata: Brooke used a box from a new coffee maker to make the pinata. On the top, she used her daughter's purple Barney hats from her first birthday party. She then made strips out of paper gift tissue left over from her baby shower to cover the pinata. She glued a strip on and snipped it to make fringe.

Then she glued another strip up above that one- continuing with each side until the pinata was completely covered. She then embellished the pinata using clearenced Christmas decorations. Total cost of pinata: less than $5!

Mini Pinatas: Brooke made the mini pinatas out of toilet paper rolls. She used leftover tissue paper to decorate the pinatas and bread twisties for the "finger size" handle.

She lysoled the rolls and since they were used in a bathroom did not want to put candy inside. Therefore, these pinatas were not used as party favors, but as hanging party decorations that the guests could take home with them.

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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

Great idea this halloween I will make a pinata for the kids who come knocking for candy. Any ideas what pinata can be made which will be little scary at the same time fun?


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Janet21 8 years ago from New York Author

What is great about making your own mini pinata is that you can decorate it however you would like. Therefore, you can decide how scary you want to make it. I have added a few Halloween pinatas to the hub to give you some ideas.  Hope this helps.  Thanks for the great tip!


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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

Thanx for the great ideas. Would surely love to scare some of the kids this time around :-)


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DECHAMMER 7 years ago

hello is anyone here


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Janet21 7 years ago from New York Author

Yep, I'm here. What's up? :)


JennLuffman 7 years ago

How do you get that nice crepe paper fringe at the top and bottom?


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Janet21 7 years ago from New York Author

@Jenn:  You need to take the crepe paper and shred it into strips.  Once the paper is shredded into strips, hot glue the pieces onto the top and bottom of the pinata in a random pattern until you achieve a nice fringe look.   Hope this helps!


queens1718 7 years ago

Im having a hard time finding crepe paper also I cant seem to get the bottom circle to stay with the tape. What else can I use?


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Janet21 7 years ago from New York Author

@queens1718: I have added some crepe streamer paper to this page, however, you can also purchase it at Target or at your local party store. I made a small error in my instructions. You need to hot glue the circle to the bottom of the pinata and then reinforce with tape if necessary. Sorry about that! Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for stopping by! :)


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Always wondered how to make a pinata! Thanks!


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manchito 7 years ago from Caracas

Great Hub!

It brings me memories of my childhood. My grandpa used to make them for a living and whenever we were in school Hollidays visiting my grandparents, my brothers and me had a great time building piñatas.

Just a tip from those days.. Whenever a new piñata had to be made, initial patters were made in newspaper, once the design was a workable one, the final template was made in cardboard, the strongest one, and from that point onward is was just a matter to use the template in another cardboard, flat box or whatever, then the glued, stapled or whatever to build it for to finally decorating it. In those time we didn't have pc so all the decoration was wither hand made of by using paper crepe of several colors.

Keep up the good work!


kk 6 years ago

would a toliet paper roll work instead of the posterboard


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Janet21 6 years ago from New York Author

@kk: A toilet paper roll unfortunately would be too small to make a mini pinata favor. Mini pinatas are typically 7"-8" x 3"-4". A standard toilet paper roll is around 4" x 2". I just measured mine. ;)


BrookeAnnaRoberts 6 years ago

My daughter is turning two, and I am in college full time. I start Jan. 11 she is 2 Feb. 7th. I don't have much time to contruct the cylinders myself and don't have the funds either. I know it is not the correct size, but I do like the toilet paper idea (or 1/2 of a paper towel roll.) It is smaller for smaller children, right? I want a normal size pull string pinata- but would like to have the TP roll size ones to put on the childrens table to accompany the favors. Kassadie's birthday is Princess and the Frog- and can use purple for the girls and green for the boys as there are 1/2 and 1/2 coming to the party.


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Janet21 6 years ago from New York Author

@Brooke: That sounds like a good idea. The toilet paper rolls are small, but for a 2 y/o's b-day party they could work. You could just fill them with small candies and toys. I like the green and purple idea. You could also print out Princess and the Frog images from the Internet and glue them onto the pinata as well. Good luck and I hope your daughter has a great party!


Brookeannaroberts 6 years ago

So far I have constructed two. I am not going to use them as mini's, but they will be great for a hanging favor that can be given away with a balloon attached. Is there a way to send pictures. I remembered I had a huge amount of tissue paper from my two baby showers and birthdays. I opted to use anything I had on hand. I used bread twisties for the "finger size" handle. I had a sheet of bright colored plaid tissue paper, and the colors were girly; so I am using that for the girls. They are not perfect or professional looking since I don't have much to work with. Is there any way to send you a picture? Oh, and I lysoled the rolls- and since they were used in a bathroom I did not want to put candy inside... I'm just saying ;)


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Janet21 6 years ago from New York Author

They sound great! I would love to see them. Send me a note through the 'contact' link above.


leizelle 6 years ago

Thanks my daughter b-day is this saturday i will try and make the mini for favors hope it turns out good but if i follow instructions should not be problem.


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Janet21 6 years ago from New York Author

@leizelle: Good luck with your mini pinatas! Let me know how it goes. Have a great party. :)


SoccerMama 6 years ago

Has anyone found a good way of making the crepe fringe look professional like in those examples from ebay?


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Janet21 6 years ago from New York Author

@SoccerMamm: It is just a matter of trial and error. Put a few pieces on at a time until you get the right look. Don't worry about your pinatas looking as professional as the ones on Ebay. If they come out slightly more "homemade" I think that is great. And, trust me, the kids certainly won't notice! ;) Good luck!


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Janet21 6 years ago from New York Author

@manchito: I am sorry I didn't respond to your comment. It must have been a busy day! :) Thanks for sharing your personal story about your childhood.


josiahmommy 5 years ago

hi!! i was planning to make the mini pinatas for my son's 1st birthday i was going with a handy manny theme! and i was planning to use similac cans as my base! you think that the crepe paper for the top and bottom would stay? that way the kids just could pop open the mini pinatas. and i actually was going to cut out the plates for the lids and still put the crepe paper.


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Janet21 5 years ago from New York Author

@josiahmommy: Your mini pinatas sounds great! I think the crepe paper will stick to the cans fine as long as you use enough glue. The plates are a good idea, too. I would love to see photos of the finished pinatas when you are done. Feel free to send them to me! Have a great party. ;)


Lauren 5 years ago

Thank you for such an informative post! I had been going back and forth on whether to include a pinata at my daughter's upcoming birthday, in large part because they're so needlessly expensive, but I've been able to make a pretty awesome looking princess castle pinata for practically nothing at home. Of course, with the amount of time I've spent on it, it probably would have worked out just the same to buy one, but this way is much more fun!


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Janet21 5 years ago from New York Author

@Lauren: That is great to hear! I would love to have a photo of it to post on my page. You can send me a note via the contact link above. :)


Iza 5 years ago

Ok... so I'm going to make the frog pinata for the birthday party of my child :) Wish me luck! :)


kimmy 5 years ago

which is better to use for making custom pinatas...chipboard or posterboard?


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Janet21 5 years ago from New York Author

@kimmy: I have never used chipboard, so I can't say how well it will work. I always used posterboard. If you do try it using chipboard and it works, please let me know! :)


kimmy 5 years ago

Thank you sooo much for the quick response!!..This is my 1st time making pinatas (doing a Washington Redskin for my son and Ni Hao Kai-Lan for my daughter)..I think I'm going to use posterboard which seems to be bigger, circumference wise, than the 12x12 chipboard that's being sold in arts&crafts stores..I will definitely use ALL your suggestions as my reference!


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Janet21 5 years ago from New York Author

@Kimmy: Please send over some photos of your finished pinatas and I will post them here! You can contact me via the contact link above.


Kimmy 5 years ago

Thanks! I definitely will!


jennifer 5 years ago

Can pull string pinatas be hit?


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Janet21 5 years ago from New York Author

@Jennifer: Yes, I believe most pull string pinatas can also be hit. Hope this helps!

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