Make Your Own Pinata: A Cinco de Mayo DIY

Published On May 1, 2013 | By Toni Spilsbury | Cafe Mom, DIY, Family, Fun, Holiday, Just For Dads

How To Make Your Own Pinata

Make Cinco de Mayo a family affair by making your own pinata.  I got the idea when the girls and I decided to make a pinata at home for the first time.  Not only was it a total blast, it was a great way to spend family time with my kids.

How To Make Pinata

How To Make A Pinata At Home

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own festive pinata at home:

  1. balloon
  2. newspaper
  3. 1 cup flour & 2 cups water mixed together for paste
  4. scissors
  5. kite string
  6. crepe paper to decorate
  7. glue
  8. candy

Here is a step-by-step tutorial:


Step 1: Lay down some newspaper because it’s going to be messy! Then tear some of the newspaper into strips.

how to make a pinata

tear newspaper into strips


Step 2: Blow up a balloon

pinata tutorial

blow up balloon


Step 3: Dip newspaper strips into paste an layer onto balloon leaving 3-inches open around the tip of balloon. You’ll want to have at least 3 or 4 layers, and there’s no need to allow each layer to dry individually- just pile it on!

dip newspaper strips into paste and layer onto balloon


Step 4: Allow balloon to dry overnight. You can use a medium-size bowl to prop your balloon up.

this is what your pinata should look like drying overnight


Step 5: Once paper is dry, pop the balloon and pull it out.

pop the balloon


Step 6: It’s time to decorate! Using crepe paper and glue, create any design on your pinata.

time to decorate


use scissors on crepe paper to create fringe


7. Fill the bottom of the pinata with crumpled crepe paper to help with better distribution of candy

crumpled crepe paper allows for better distribution of candy


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

How To Make Pinata

time for candy!

For dinner ideas this Cinco de Mayo visit:

cinco de mayo recipes

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About The Author

Toni Spilsbury is a blogger, brand strategist and social media producer in addition to being a philanthropist and mother…. but not in that order. From busy corporate gal to even busier mom of four, one with special needs, Toni established an online connection with today’s on-the-go moms as someone who understands the unique demands of working moms. In 2005, Toni co-founded the Nevada Blind Children Foundation and began working to build the first school for the blind in Nevada. With a passion for cooking, creating her own recipes and a desire to merge her family life and career, Toni wrote a book The Organized Cook in 2009 before embarking on a journey through branding, blogging, social media and e-commerce that gained her an insight and passion for the unique niche of content-driven e-commerce. Toni’s second book, Because of Connor, is due out in late 2013 which gives readers an insight into the unique struggle of life’s ups and downs when set against the backdrop of caring for and coming to grips with a severely medically fragile son.

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