I love love LOVE, making piñatas! They are fun to make, and super cheap compared to store bought piñatas. Seriously, I used a Target delivery box (FREE), and some crepe paper streamers/festooning from the dollar store. So this piñata cost me $2 bucks, minus the cost of candy. My advice, use the money you’re saving on the piñata, and splurge on some GOOD candy. I’m talking TWIX bars.
⁃Hot Glue Gun
⁃Crepe Paper Streamers
⁃Crepe Paper Festooning
-Yellow Card Stock
+ Step One +
Start by making the cardboard cake. I honestly just used a Target box. We all have those, right? I cut two 7 inch circles, and two 5 inch circles. I then just cut the flaps of the box off, and wrapped those around the circles, glueing them into place. Since cardboard is corrugated, it’s as simple as that. I think it took me a half hour to “bake” this cardboard cake. OH, and don’t forget to leave a little gap at the bottom of the cake un-glued, because you have to fill this beauty with candy. What’s a piñata without candy?
+ Step Two +
With scissors, fringe crepe paper streamers, you know the kind you get at any party store (or the dollar store wink wink), and begin “shingling” your cake. Meaning, start at the bottom, and work your way to the top. You can use regular Elmers glue to glue the streamers to the cardboard, but I prefer to use my hot glue gun because it goes faster. I don’t have to wait for anything to dry, and I seriously just “frosted” (a lot of cake puns in this post), my piñata cake in like, an hour.
+ Step Three+
Once you’ve frosted your cake, it’s time to add some fancy piping, AKA, crepe paper festooning. This is what makes this birthday cake piñata so easy. If you make a mistake, the festooning will cover it up. YAY!
Light some candles! For my candles, I used cute paper straws from the Target party section (I collect paper straws, so I already had these on hand), and cut them in half. I glued some paper flames to the tops, and secured them to the cake with a big ol’ dab of hot glue. Hold each straw straight up, until the glue dries, or you will have droopy looking candles.
+ Step Five +
Fill the piñata with candy! Lots of chocolate if you ask me! Remember, once you are done filling the piñata from the bottom, secure the cardboard with a few dabs of hot glue. You don’t want candy falling out before anyone has a chance to give it a wack.
+ Step Six +
Watch your child, and their friends, ruthlessly destroy your beautiful creation haha.