How to make a quick homemade pinata
Make a homemade pinata in 20 minutes for under $5!
Are you planning a kid birthday party? Do you need a pinata that matches your birthday party theme? Do you get tired of paying $20 for a birthday pinata that will last 5 minutes and then get thrown away? As a busy mom of 7 kids (who all want a birthday party!), I needed to find a cheaper alternative for a fancy pinata. I don't have time to make a paper mache birthday party; often I have just a few minutes. Well, here is my favorite idea for making a quick and easy and cheap pinata that the kids love! My oldest daughter just turned 12 and she had a movie themed birthday party. Of course she wanted a pinata. (You never outgrow candy!). Here are my step-by-step directions, complete with pictures. You can make this pinata with just a few "ingredients." Read on and save money!
Save some money with this cute, quick and easy homemade pinata!
Assemble your Pinata supplies
The main part of the pinata is a paper grocery bag
All you need for this pinata is a large brown paper grocery bag, some glue, some twine, a few rolls of streamers (depending on what colors you choose), 2 pieces of paper, a marker and crayons to color your theme picture. You can reinforce the top of your pinata with packing tape if you'd like. If you are not thrilled with your art skills, you can print out a picture using clip art that goes with your theme. I draw simple line drawings to decorate the front and back of my pinata. Since this was a movie theme, I drew a simple movie camera that matched one of the decorations I had bought.
Draw and Color a picture for the front and back of your pinata - Or you could print out a clip art picture
I use simple line drawings and color with crayons. I simply copied the movie camera that was on a purchased decoration for the movie themed party.
Glue your picture to the front and back of the bag - You can even cut out the picture if you'd like to
Cut strips of streamers about 12-18 inches long - My kids love to help with this part!
The streamers don't have to be precise. You can rip off lengths of the colors you are using. We chose 3 colors that matched the rest of the decorations.
This is really the only thing you need to buy. You can use streamers to decorate and use matching streamers for your pinata!
Get some streamers to make pinatas
These basic color streamers will match many various party themes. Or choose colors that match your specific theme. A roll of streamers will make several pinatas.
Glue streamers below picture - Alternate colors
I simply put a line of glue across the bag and then glue on streamer strips. Do this on the front and the back of your pinata. I then open the bag and glue 2 or more rows on the sides of the bag. This picture shows the beginning of the streamer assembly. I also glue a "frame" around the picture. (The glue does not show once the bag is dry.)
Punch holes and string twine to hang the pinata - It's a good idea to reinforce the top of the bag with packing tape first
You can use a regular hole punch to put holes in the top of the bag for your twine. I recommend reinforcing the top with clear packing tape first so that the bag doesn't rip off at the twine when the pinata is hit. I skipped this step because I was out of tape and the party was almost ready to start! Once you have the holes punched, fill the pinata and gently gather the top of the bag. You can hang the hole pinata to dry, or it can dry while it is hanging ready for the kids to come! Make sure you leave enough twine at the top to hang the bag from a tree or whatever you are hanging it from.
Ready for the Party!
Fill that Pinata!
The pinata was a "HIT"
Candy Scramble! - Another frugal tip: Use brown paper bags for the candy bags
The kids don't care if their bags aren't fancy! They are just after the candy.
Would you use this pinata?
Would you use this pinata to save money?
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