Whether you’re planning a birthday celebration at home, hosting a fun al fresco fiesta or looking for a joyful kid-friendly craft, this rainbow pinata will not disappoint. This colourful DIY is deceptively easy to create and sure to bring plenty of fun to your day (while also looking great on Instagram!) in just 10 simple steps.
- Cardboard box
- Hot glue gun
- Tissue paper or festooning
- Packing tape
Step One: Outline the Shape
Use a pencil to lightly outline a rainbow shape on a clean, flattened cardboard box. Note: you may need a few boxes, depending on the size and style of your pinata.
Step Two: Cut out the Shape
Carefully cut out the shape with scissors. Once you have the first shape cut out, you can use it to trace an second piece (you need two identical pieces to make up the front and back of your pinata). Cut out the second piece for a perfect pair.
Step Three: Prepare the Sides
Cut out a few long strips of cardboard for the sides of your pinata. Roll them firmly over a pencil, ruler or table edge to make them more pliable.
Step Four: Make an Opening
Cut out a medium-sized hole or rectangle on one of the sides to create an opening — this is the spot where you will later fill the pinata with treats.
Step Five: Attach the Ribbon
Punch two small holes into the cardboard piece that will be positioned at the top of your pinata. Carefully thread some long ribbon or string through the holes.
Step Six: Glue the Pieces Together
Using a hot glue gun, glue all of the pieces of cardboard together, one side at a time. Once the glue is dry, apply some packing tape along the edges to help make the pinata more secure.
Step Seven: Fill with Candy and Small Surprises
Now that the structure of your pinata is complete, you’re ready to fill it with goodies! Insert a delightful mix of candy, tiny toys or surprise messages. Keep the occasion, party theme or colour scheme of your celebration in mind.
Step Eight: Patch up the Opening
Once your pinata is full, place some packing tape over the hole to patch up the opening.
Step Nine: Apply the Tissue Paper or Festooning
Gently snip the edges of tissue or crepe paper to create long feathered strands. Then, glue the tissue strands to your cardboard shape — one piece at a time — in tight layers. Be sure to alternate bright colours or use a variety of shades for visual interest. Tip: using premade tissue festooning will save you a lot of time!
Step Ten: Hang the Pinata
Once the glue is dry, hang the pinata (make sure you hang it somewhere secure for safety) from the top ribbon that you previously threaded, and enjoy!
Images courtesy of Denise Dias