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How To Make A Pinata: Paper Mache Pinata Tutorials + Tips + Videos

A pinata brings life to a party — especially an outdoor party!

If you’re going to hang a traditional pinata indoors, then make sure that you have lots of wide open space — such as a basement — otherwise, your home decor could get in the way when your party guests are swinging away.

Pinatas aren’t that expensive to buy, but it’s a lot more fun to make your own. You can also involve the kids in this fun craft project!

Following are step-by-step instructions for making a wide variety of pinatas…

How To Make A Pinata Yourself

Materials Needed

  • A balloon, paper bag, or box – whatever you plan to use as your pinata base
  • Glue – either Elmer’s glue, or make a flour & water mixture
  • Newspaper – lots of it… torn into strips roughly 1-inch wide by 3-inches long, or longer
  • String – to hang the pinata
  • Candy or small toys – to fill the pinata with
  • Decorating materials of your choice – crepe paper, tissue paper, streamers, scissors, etc.

Tutorials, Tips & Instructions

The step-by-step instructions vary, depending on the size and shape of paper mache pinata you would like to make.

Here are a bunch of fun pinatas

Take your pick!

⇒ Ice Cream Cone Pinata Tutorial

⇒ Video + Tips For Making A Pinata From A Balloon

⇒ DIY Pull Pinata Garland

⇒ Paper Mache Pinata Instructions


⇒ DIY Butterfly Pinata  

⇒ Make A Lifesize Zebra Pinata


⇒ Homemade Paper Bag Pinata

⇒ Video Tutorial: DIY Balloon Pinata

⇒ Making A Heart Pinata From 2 Long Thin Balloons


⇒ Make A Star Pinata For Cinco De Mayo

⇒ How To Make A Number Pinata For A Party

⇒ Make A Pull-String Pinata

⇒ Video: Make A Bear Pinata Or A Pig Pinata


⇒ Tips For Making A Hot Air Balloon Pinata

⇒ Honey Bee Hive Pinata Instructions

⇒ Make A 3-Balloon Snowman Pinata

⇒ Make A Pumpkin Pinata For Halloween

Don’t miss these helpful Pinata Tips & Tricks.

P.S.  And how fun is this?… See how to make pinata cookies! (More fun pictures here.)

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How to make a pinatas and pinata garland for a party!