How to Make Your Own Piñata

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By In The Playroom

Looking for the perfect way to stop your kids smashing up the house?

Today, we’re diving into a DIY project that promises to sprinkle a little more alegría (joy) into our family festivities. Here’s our step by step guide to making your own Piñata.

homemade piñata

As parents, we’re always on the lookout for activities that not only keep the little hands busy but also spark that delightful curiosity and cultural awareness.

Crafting a piñata at home can be a playful bridge to a hearty chat about the traditions, stories, and crafts that are treasured in Mexican culture. Why not enjoy some delicious mexican conchas alongside?

Plus, it’s a chance to involve the whole family in creating something that’s as fun to make as it is to break!

So, grab your tissue paper, flour, balloons, and let’s get our hands a little sticky. It’s not just about making a party accessory; it’s about making memories, sharing stories of cultural heritage, and yes, maybe getting a bit competitive over who makes the most beautiful piñata. Ready to start? ¡Vamos a empezar!

how to make a diy piñata

Make your own Piñata

STEP 1: Assemble your equipment

You’ll need

  • flour
  • water
  • newspaper
  • balloons
  • string
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paint
  • tissue paper
  • and lots of treats to put inside!

Here is a list of what to put in a piñata to help you out

homemade piñata supplies

STEP 2: Make the paste

Mix one part flour with one part water to create a paste.

STEP 3: Blow up your balloon

balloon for making homemade piñata

Make sure you cut your newspaper into thin strips ready for the next step too.

STEP 4: Cover the balloon with your paper strips

Dip the newspaper strips into paste, squeeze off excess and apply to the balloon. Cover the whole balloon at least two or three times then leave to dry for 24 hours.

STEP 5: Get painting!

Paint the balloon in your chosen colour. Once dry, gently pop and remove the balloon.

homemade piñata step by step

STEP 6: Decorate your balloon with colourful tissue paper

Top tip: cutting the tissue paper into strips and fraying the bottom is an easy way to add texture to your decoration.

homemade piñata adding tissue fringe tassels

STEP 7: Add the final touches

Fill with treats and sweets, hang it up – and get smashing!

filling homemade piñata

Activity and images provided by WAHACA AT HOME

Find more ideas for fun things to do with the family and delicious Mexican recipes to cook at home at  

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Or check out these fun mexican activities here at In The Playroom, which are perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.

6 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Piñata”

  1. Anna, your step-by-step guide to making a piñata is fantastic! It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained and prevent house-smashing. I love the colorful and creative approach you took with tissue paper and paint. Thanks for sharing this fun activity with us!


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