How to Make a Cereal Box Shark Pull-String Piñata

This fun shark themed pinata is made out of simple items you already have at home, cereal boxes! Kids of all ages will love this shark craft that turns into a ingenious way to get candy. It is a childhood win-win!

Homemade pinatas are fun to make for special occasions like a birthday, holiday…or Shark Week! But any day can be made better with this festive shark craft for kids!

cereal box shark pinatas for shark week
Let’s make a shark pinata today!

Make a Shark Pinata!

Cereal boxes can be used for all sorts of crafting. Crafting with cereal boxes is quick, easy, and fun!

Make a Pinata Out of Empty Cereal Boxes

One of the items I’m always on the lookout for at the grocery store is cereal. We go through so much between my oldest kid eating it in the middle of the night, my youngest kid who carries a bag around and eats it like potato chips. We also include it in snack mix for when we go hiking or for movie nights. 

Did you know you can make some fantastic crafts using cereal boxes? I’m going to show you how to make cereal box pull-string piñatas. These are perfect for summer parties, Shark Week, and movie nights.

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printable shark picture and a cereal box to make a pinata
Supplies needed for shark pinata craft.

Supplies Needed

Instructions to Make Cereal Box Pinata

shark template
Printable shark template for shark pinata craft.

Step 1

Print out this free shark template.

Cereal box with a printable shark
Use the template to cut a cereal box shark pinata shape.

Step 2

Open both ends of the cereal box and cut down one side so that you can place the box open on a flat surface.

a cereal box cut up to make a pinata
Follow these simple step by step instructions to make a shark pinata.

Step 3

Cut out the shape of the shark head and use that as a template to cut two matching pieces from the cereal box. Then cut out a few strips from the box measuring between 2-3″ wide. The width will depend on what you want to put inside. 

a cereal box being cut to make a shark mouth
You will cut the shark’s mouth to be the opening part of the pull string pinata!

Step 4

Cut out the other sections from your shark template. Trace around each section (excluding the eyes) onto your cardboard head. Using a box cutter cut around the top section of the jaws so they open. Along the bottom section of the jaws use a pencil or another blunt object to go over the top of it harder to make it easier to bend it (see image below).

a cereal box pinata being made
Now make the rounded shark head shape out of cereal boxes.

Step 5

Using the packaging tape, begin taping both the front and the back of the shark head together using the cardboard strip in-between.

Your piñata should now look like this:

a cereal box being turned into a pinata with an opening for candy
Your pinata shape should now look like this.

Step 6

Now you can begin adding crepe paper streamers around your piñata using glue.

how to add crepe paper to a handmade pinata
Add the crepe paper in different shark colors.

Use the sections you drew as guides for where to change colors.

Always start from the bottom and work your way to the top, and I prefer to star on the sides, then go to the back, and finish the front last.

making a shark pinata at home
Your shark pinata is taking shape!

Step 7

Once you’ve finished adding the streamers, attach the jaws and eyes in place using glue too.

handmade shark pinatas using a cereal box
What ever will we put inside?

Then cut a small hole or slit into the top of the jaw to attach a ribbon (cord or twine work well too) to open and close the mouth easily.

a cereal box shark filled with popcorn and candy
Your cereal box pinata can hold cups of goodies!

Step 8

Now it’s time to add some yummy treats to your pull-string shark piñata. We found these bags of Swedish Fish when we went shopping which was perfect, but I also grabbed a family variety box of snacks (like Rice Krispies treats, mini Pringles can, and crackers) as well.

shark pinatas that have movie night snacks inside
Pull the string to get some snacks out of the shark’s mouth.

These are perfect to put inside your shark for a movie night. 

We saved so much on this shopping trip with some smart coupon use, and the kids will have a blast with these shark piñatas filled with movie night snacks. 

Yield: 1

Shark Pull-String Piñata

shark pinatas that have movie night snacks inside

Recycle some empty cereal boxes at your house into festive and fun shark pull string pinatas. Kids will love this shark craft and it is made easier with the use of our free printable template.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5


  • Cereal box
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Free printable template
  • Ribbon (cord or twine)


  • Packaging tape
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Box Cutter


  1. Print the shark pinata template printable.
  2. Open both ends of a cereal box and cut down one side so it is an open, flat surface.
  3. Use the template to cut two matching pieces from one cereal box.
  4. Cut a few strips of cardboard from the cereal box that are 3 inches wide.
  5. Follow the printable shark template to cut out more sections around jaw and mouth.
  6. Using packing tape, tape the front and back panels together using the 3 inch strip in between.
  7. Add crepe paper starting at the bottom.
  8. Glue on the template mouth and eyes.
  9. Attach the pull string to the top of the teeth.
  10. Fill with your family's favorite snacks.

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How did your shark piñata turn out? What shark treats did you hide inside?

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