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How To Make A Star Pinata For All Special Occasions

Updated on January 7, 2014

Star Pinatas are just not for Cinco de Mayo but for all special occasions.

How about making a Star Pinata and getting the youngsters involved in making the pinata for Cinco de Mayo?

Do you remember the pinatas you used to make in grade school and at home? I remember making them and they were a fun craft project; especially when it came to getting blindfolded and trying to hit and break the pinata open so all of the candy would come raining out all over the ground. By the time you got the blindfold off you were the last one to dive into the mad frenzy of youngsters grabbing for all of the candy that fell out on the ground. What some fun memories they were and are!

Making a homemade pinata was an easy project that required a few basic materials that were usually found around the house. The pinata usually consisted of a balloon which you made the pinata around, some Elmer's glue watered down, some construction paper, old newspapers and some different colored tissue paper that you could pick up from the local craft or hobby store.

Another way that pinatas were made at home or school was by using a brown paper bag from the local grocery store. To make the paper bag pinata the fringe was cut out of different colored tissue paper, glue applied and then run around the paper bag alternating the colors until you got to the top of the paper bag. To connect the twine to the top of the bag several layers of masking tape were taped to the top of the bag in the middle for added strength. A hole was made using a paper punch and then the twine was run through the holes and tied off to complete the pinata so it was ready for the pinata party game.

Let's not forget the other items that were needed to help make the pinata. These were some basic school items that were also found around the house or school that consisted of a 12-inch ruler, scissors, pencil, masking tape, Elmer's glue, newspapers, construction paper etc.

OK! Once you get all of these items together it is time to start making the Star Pinata for Cinco de Mayo coming up or for any other special occasion. IE; birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, etc. Are you ready? Let's Gooo!

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You can make the classroom come alive all year round making Star pinatas from the easy made kits. It is a simple project to make and comes with the step-by-step detailed instructions for making the pinata. After the Star pinata is made it can be filled with candy, hung from the ceiling, or where ever you wish, to see if someone blindfolded can hit the pinata and break all of the the candy out.

Mexican Star Pinata Kit
Mexican Star Pinata Kit

This festive pinata kit makes a beautiful 26-inch Star pinata that can be used to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or any other festivity year round. The Star pinata kit contains the following items to help make the pinata; dry wheat paste, glue, balloon, foil, tissue paper, and string to hang the Star pinata from anywhere you wish.

 

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Craft supplies needed for pinata project.
Craft supplies needed for pinata project.

Craft Supplies Needed for Pinata Project

The following is a list of the craft supplies you will need to make the pinata project in this lens.

Before you start this pinata craft project you should take an inventory of what supplies you have on hand and those that you will need to pick up from the local craft or hobby store. Most of these supplies should be found around the house. Any supplies that are missing make a list and take a trip to the local craft or hobby store to pick up the missing supplies to complete this project.

2 pieces of white poster board

12-inch Ruler

Colored tissue paper – Assorted colors

Elmer's white glue

Filler - Candy and/or small toys

Flour - White

Masking tape

Measuring cups

Mixing Bowl & Whisk

Mylar balloon - Any theme

Newspapers

Pencil

Scissors

String, rope or twine

Step #1 - Finished Star Pinata on Display - Star Pinata Hanging from Tree

Star Pinata hanging from tree.
Star Pinata hanging from tree.

Making your very own pinata can be a really fun project to make for any party. You need to plan at least 3-5 days in advance because it may take that long from start to finish and it is always nice to have a little extra time so as not to rush making the pinata. Once you are done you will find the hard work was well worth the effort to have a unique festive pinata for your party.

Step #2 - Poster Board for Star Points - Poster board cut for the star points.

Construction Paper for Star Points
Construction Paper for Star Points

What you will need to start with; 2 pieces of 22"x28" regular white poster board for each of the star points.

Each piece needs to be 11"x14" which is 1/4 of the board. Cut 5 pieces for the star points.

Step #3 - Completed Star Points - Pinata Star point cones.

Pinata star point cones.
Pinata star point cones.

Roll each of the 5 pieces into a cone shape. You will need to use your judgment on how tight to make each of the cones. These cones will be the points for the star so you can hold them up to the balloon and measure for fit. Tape each of the cones closed with the masking tape. * NOTE: Blow up your balloon first and seal it so no air leaks out.

Step #4 - Cutting Star Point to Size - Cutting a star point cone to size.

Cutting a star point cone to size.
Cutting a star point cone to size.

With one hand smash the cone down and cut along the bottom of the cone. Open the cone and you will see two of the bottom sides will come to a small point. By doing this it will help you form each of the cones to the balloon.

NOTE: Take a ruler and draw a line from the upper point of the cone down to where the right angle is formed just above the scissors.

Step #5 - Mixing Flour & Water - Mixing the glue in a small bucket or large bowl.

Mixing the glue in a small bucket.
Mixing the glue in a small bucket.

Small bucket or large bowl: whisk and mix the glue. Start with 1 cup flour to 1 1/2 cups of water. The paste should be the consistency of thick glue that is slightly runny but not thick like paste would be. If the consistency is not right you can always add more or less and adjust the glue as you make the piñata. Now comes the fun part. Cut the newspaper into 1 1/2" strips as seen in photo.

Step #6 - Applying Glue to Newspaper Strip - Applying the glue to the newspaper strips

Applying the glue to the newspaper strips.
Applying the glue to the newspaper strips.

Start dipping the strip of newspaper into the glue mixture because you are ready to start applying the paper mache. Take the strip of newspaper and completely cover it with glue. Once covered lift the strip of newspaper up and slide it through your fingers to remove the excess glue. Take the strip of paper and lay it across the balloon and repeat the process for the next strip of paper.

Step #7 - Letting the Pinata Parts Dry - Star points and pinata body paper mached and drying. This is the longest part of making the pinata.

Star points and pinata body paper mached and drying.
Star points and pinata body paper mached and drying.

Apply one layer only at a time and allow for drying time which is about 8 hours on the average. To make it easy to do both sides of the balloon at once; take and tie the stem to the edge of the table with string. To make a really sturdy shell for the pinata the balloon needs to be covered with three layers of newspaper and each of the cone star points will need one layer of newspaper.

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Step #8 - Attaching Star Point to Pinata - Joining the star points to the pinata body.

Joining the star points to the pinata body.
Joining the star points to the pinata body.

When all the newspaper layers are completely dry it is time to attach the star point cones to the balloon. To attach the cones to the balloon you will use the masking tape. Don't worry if there are any gaps taping the cones on because more paper mache will be applied to cover them.

Step #9 - Star Points Added to Pinata - All of the star points have been joined to the pinata body.

All of the star points have been joined to the pinata body.
All of the star points have been joined to the pinata body.

How you would like to hang the pinata? There are a couple of options for you to choose from.

1. Add a rope loop to the back of the balloon and paper mache over part of it to secure the loop.

2. Wrap a rope loop around the star points once you're finished and add two more layers of paper mache to the entire star pinata.

NOTE: The gold foil is the stem of the balloon sticking out of the pinata.

Step #10 - Removing the Balloon - Removing the balloon from the pinata.

Removing the balloon from the pinata.
Removing the balloon from the pinata.

Before you pop the balloon inside be sure to let the piñata dry and harden completely. The balloon may have lost some air so you can cut a hole through the newspaper layers and balloon and pull it out of the pinata.

Step #11 - Citting Strips Tissue Paper for Decoration - Cutting the tissue paper in strips to decorate the pinata.

Cutting the slits in the colored tissue paper.
Cutting the slits in the colored tissue paper.

You can now have fun decorating the Star pinata since the hard part is done pulling the balloon out of the pinata. You can cut 2" wide strips of tissue paper in a variety of colors for the decoration.

Step #12 - Cutting Tissue Paper For Star Point Fringe - Cutting the fringes in the colored tissue paper for the star points.

Cutting the fringes in the colored tissue paper.
Cutting the fringes in the colored tissue paper.

After you have finished cutting all of the strips of tissue paper you can stack all of the strips together and cut into 3" sections. To make the fringe cut part way up each section.

Step #13 - All Tissue Papers Cut for Star Points - All of the fringes have been cut on all of the different colored tissue papers for the star points.

All of the fringes have been  cut on all of the different colored tissue paper.
All of the fringes have been cut on all of the different colored tissue paper.

It's best to use a variety of tissue paper colors to make your pinata bright and colorful. All of the fringes have been cut on all of the tissue papers for the star points.

Step #14 - Applying Fringe to Star Point - Gluing the first row of colored tissue paper on the star point.

Gluing the first row of tissue paper on the star point.
Gluing the first row of tissue paper on the star point.

Start attaching the fringe to the Star points by using either Elmer's glue or the leftover glue mixture in the large bowl Start with the tip of each cone and draw a line with glue and wrap the tissue paper all the way around the point. To give the point more coverage you can use two pieces of tissue paper together.

Step #15 - One Star Point Completed with Fringes - All of the different colors of tissue paper have been glued on the star point.

All of the different colors of tissue paper have been glued on the star point.
All of the different colors of tissue paper have been glued on the star point.

Just keep laying more tissue paper over the previous layer until it's covered. You can arrange the colors any way you desire. If you have chosen green, white and red colors for the tissue paper you can arrange the colors according to the Flag of Mexico.

Step #16 - Starting to Apply Fringe to Pinata - Covering the back of the pinata with colored tissue paper to finish the pinata.

Covering the back of the pinata with colored tissue paper.
Covering the back of the pinata with colored tissue paper.

After you have finished each one of the cones you can move on to the center of the piñata. When the center is covered, flip the piñata over and cover the backside. When the Star piñata is completely done the tissue paper should be covering all of the paper mache.

Finished Pinata Ready For Party or Display - Star Pinata hanging from the ceiling to display the finished pinata.

Star Pinata hanging from ceiling to display the finished pinata.
Star Pinata hanging from ceiling to display the finished pinata.

FINISHED PINATA! Give yourself a pat on the back!

Now that the Star Pinata is finished it's time to start filling the pinata with candy and toys using the hole that was cut open to remove the balloon. When the pinata is filled take some masking tape to cover the hole with several layers and let the festivities and fun begin!

* NOTE:

All pinatas do not meet their final destiny. They can be made and used to decorate the house for special occasions or holidays as well. IE: for Christmas; gold foil or green and reds can be used. Whereas, silver foil can be used for the New Year. For Fourth of July; red, white and blues. Birthday: birthstone or their favorite color etc, You kinda get the idea. The pinatas are versatile so you and your assistance(s) can use your imagination(s) to make a special pinata for the occasion. Everyone can even make their own pinata for the special occasion. Just make sure you have a lot of balloons on hand if everyone decides to make a pinata.

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      malynn 24 months ago

      Make home made pinyotta spiderman, joker, spiderman vium and now my new one is a dallas cowboy star theme one!!! Any ideas would be awesome

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      Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

      @Pat Goltz: You Are Welcome patgoltz! Once? You need to try it a few more times to get the hang of it. Remember; "Rome was not built in a day". You can do it. I know what you mean about the pinata and it's final disposition but that is not true for all pinatas because when I was in grade school the class made pinatas for Christmas to take home to help decorate the house. I had that pinata for a long time until after one of our moves. Thank You patgoltz! I really appreciate your visit as well as your generous reply. I hope you will try to make a pinata and enjoy as a house decoration for Christmas or other special occasion. Have An A1 Day!

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      I tried making a science fair project out of papier mache once. I won't try THAT again. But I enjoy looking at piatas that other people make. It's a shame they get destroyed so people can have fun. Thanks for this wonderfully detailed description of how to make the star piata.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @mina009: Thank You mina009! I really appreciate your visit as well as your nice reply concerning my lens. I'm glad to read you enjoyed your visit. Have a Great Day!

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Hello Dusty2! Your lens is really great!