Broox’s birthday party was Captain America themed, and considering he wanted to have it at the house, I wanted to find a piñata for it. Well, I couldn’t. I only found an Avengers one at a local party store for $19.99 and it wasn’t cute. Then I checked online and found a Captain America shield piñata on Etsy for a measly $40.00 plus shipping. Yea, no. So what do I do next? That’s right, I searched Pinterest. And would you believe I couldn’t find any pins on how to make a piñata? So I took matters into my own hands and just came up with something that actually turned out pretty dang good, I must say.
I already had a few of the materials, but with everything I needed to buy, my cost for making a LARGE, specifically-themed, freakin’ awesome piñata was $6.00! The craft board was $1.99; each color of crepe paper was $0.99; clear packaging tape from the dollar store was $1.00. So…in case you’re looking to make a DIY piñata for your next celebration, here is how I did mine!
To create the body of the piñata, I bought a craft board from Hobby Lobby (the ones you buy for those science fair projects) and traced my circles the same size and cut them out. Then I decided I wanted the piñata 4 inches deep, so I measured 4″ by the length of the circles and cut one strip. Once my three pieces of board were cut, I used my clear packaging tape to hold it all together. Then I cut a hole big enough to stuff my candy in and two small holes for the rope to tie through. I will also add that I began cutting with scissors and realized that would have taken forever, so I got a knife and it was cut in seconds.
Cut long strips of the crepe paper and cut slits about 2/3 of the way through, all the way along the strips. I stacked about 4 strips together at once to make the cutting time shorter.
Using a pencil, trace your design on the board. Start from the outside and work your way towards the middle gluing the crepe paper to the body of your piñata. I used the classic Elmer’s glue. This will allow your slits in the crepe paper to have that “frayed” look.
Once all your crepe paper is glued on, attach any embellishments desired. For mine, I traced a star I already had onto white cardstock paper and glued it to the center.
Glue crepe paper to the board piece you cut out earlier and attach it back to the piñata after you’ve stuffed it.
Attach the rope.
And the finished product 🙂
I really didn’t know what to expect with how long it would take to bust it open. I was more worried that it would bust too soon, but it was quite the opposite. We started with a stick, and after about 16 kids hit it twice each, we got the bat and STILL had to get after it! The kids loved it and did a great job tearing it open!