We’re going to make a quick, easy 10-minute DIY piñata today using a balloon and tape.
We’re making this DIY piñata for a Valentine’s Day party, but it would be a great craft for birthdays, and other events as well. Because as we all know, kids ❤️ piñatas. And really, what’s not to love? You get to whack all your parental frustrations away with the swing of a stick and a thunk on something that won’t say “ouch” or go tattle to mom when you hit it. You even get rewarded for giving the thing a good beating. SUGAR! I mean, this is the stuff of kid-heaven.
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There are lots of DIY piñatas out there, but when I saw this one on YouTube, I really, really liked the idea…because it was waaaaayyyy quicker and easier than the other methods I’ve seen. Instead of cardboard boxes and paper maché, hot glue and crepe paper…for DIY piñata, all you’ll really need is packing tape and a balloon. Let’s get started!
DIY piñata supplies:
how to make a DIY piñata:
DIY Piñata Video Tutorial:
DIY Piñata Instructions:
1.) Wrap balloon in tape, sticky side facing OUT.
The first wrap around the balloon is the hardest part of this craft. It’s just kind of awkward and, well, sticky. It will be easiest to accomplish with two people. One person to hold and maneuver the balloon, the other to wrap the tape. Again, the STICKY SIDE should be facing you, NOT sticking to the balloon.
Continue wrapping the tape around the balloon until the entire balloon is covered in a layer of tape. Don’t go overboard though. The more tape you use, the harder it will be to actually break the piñata.
2.) Wrap balloon in tape, sticky side facing IN.
Repeat the wrapping process, this time with the sticky side facing IN toward the balloon. Continue wrapping the tape around the balloon until it doesn’t feel sticky anywhere. Again, don’t overdo it with the tape, otherwise, your piñata busting activity may run very, very long.
3.) Cut hole in bottom of wrapped balloon; remove balloon.
Use box cutters to cut a three-sided flap in the bottom of the balloon. The box cutters will puncture the balloon, and once punctured, reach through the hole and pull the balloon out.
Alternatively, you could leave the balloon in place! That way you’d have more of a colorful piñata rather than a clear one.
4.) Cut slits in the top of the piñata; insert twine.
Using the box cutter, cut several slits in the top of the piñata, and weave your twine or string through. We tried this several ways and found it works best to cut the slits far apart from each other. If they are cut too close to one another, the piñata more easily breaks at this point.
5.) To make the piñata easier to break…
If you are doing this with small children, this piñata may be too difficult for them to break without a little alteration. The packing tape is pretty strong! To make it easier, cut some holes all around the piñata to create some “easy” exit points, then just lightly cover with a piece of tape.
If you’re using this for bigger kids or adults, then there may be no need to alter the piñata like this prior to playing.
6.) Stuff piñata with candy; cover hole in bottom with tape.
Stuff the piñata with candy! Then simply cover the hole back up with tape. Your piñata is ready to hang.
7.) Gather some kids who like sugar and hitting things.
Time to play! Batter up. And have a blast with this simply, quick, and inexpensive DIY piñata at your Valentines party this year 💝. We hope you ❤️ making yours as much as we did making our own!
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