How to Make a Piñata Out of Cardboard

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How to Make a Piñata Out of Cardboard
Decorate the outside of the box with paper flowers, for added effect. (crepe paper image by flashkralove from Fotolia.com)

Breaking a pinata is a popular party activity. Children take turns swinging a bat at the pinata, until one makes contact and sets the candy free. A papier-mache covered balloon is one way to make a pinata. Another is by using cardboard. To speed up the process, when you need a last minute pinata, start the project by using a cardboard box. After you get familiar with the process, make your next cardboard pinata by strategically taping cardboard pieces together, to fashion interesting shapes or characters.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Nail
  • Cardboard box with lid
  • 2 feet of heavy wire
  • Candy
  • Masking tape
  • Rolls of crepe paper streamers
  • Glue stick

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Poke two holes on the bottom of the box, using the tip of the nail. Space the holes about four inches apart, centred on the middle of the box’s bottom.

  2. 2

    Insert one end of the wire into one hole, and then bring the same end up through the second hole.

  3. 3

    Tie the ends of the wire together, creating a loop. This loop is for hanging the pinata.

  4. 4

    Fill the box with wrapped pieces of candy or other treats.

  5. 5

    Place the lid on the box and secure using masking tape. Wrap the tape several times around the entire box, holding the lid in place.

  6. 6

    Decorate the entire exterior of the box by adding strips of overlapping crepe paper, beginning at the bottom and moving up. Affix using a glue stick.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of using crepe paper, cover the entire box with pieces of coloured tissue paper, first moistened in liquid starch.
  • Don't store the filled pinata in a warm location, as may cause the candy to melt.

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