Easy Paper Plate Piñata Craft for Cinco de Mayo

Who doesn’t love a piñata? This easy way to make a piñata starts with a paper plate and tissue paper. Kids of all ages will love making this piñata craft. My family is excited to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and make a Paper Plate Piñata together.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Make a Paper Plate Piñata!
Let’s make a pinata out of a paper plate!

DIY Pinata Ideas

Piñatas can be kind of pricy and sometimes it is hard to find something not character-related to celebrate, plus making your own piñata is not only fun, but a great way to celebrate and spend time with your kids!

Related: Make some tissue paper flowers for Cinco de Mayo decorations

Paper Plate Piñatas are loads of fun for kids of all ages and even adults, too!  They are easy to make, and we will show you how!

Related: More Cinco de Mayo crafts & activities

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Make a Piñata From a Paper Plate

To go with our Cinco De Mayo week of celebrating and learning that this holiday goes way beyond sombreros and donkeys, my kids will end their fun with a piñata. As a Mexican, I feel very strongly about making sure my kids learn the real significance of Cinco de Mayo, in the midst of the fun celebrations.

We have the best piñata ideas using paper plates, tissue paper, and candy!
You’ll love this Cinco de Mayo piñata craft.

This piñata is so much fun to make! If you’re having a party, you can even create many piñatas in various sizes to hang around. Or, let the kids each make their own piñatas to break at the end of the party!

How To Make A Piñata

This piñata is so festive and east to make. It doesn’t require a lot of crafting supplies at all and a lot of them you may already have at home. In case you don’t though, we can help!

Supplies needed - Piñata paper in the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
Gather all your piñata paper in all the colors!

Supplies Needed To Make A Piñata

Directions To Make A Piñata

Steps to make This Cinco de Mayo piñata is easy to make using paper plates and tissue paper.
Don’t worry, this Cinco de Mayo piñata is easy to make by following these simple steps.

Step 1

Using your tissue paper, make some fringe.  The best to do it is fold it over a few times and then cut up and down.

Step 2

Then, you’ll need to place both paper plates together and staple one end. It should resemble a tambourine, like in image 2b, above.

Step 3

Once the paper plates are stapled, decorate your pinata foundation with tissue paper of various colors.

Step 4

Let the glue dry, and then stuff it with candy.

Step 5

Finish by stapling it completely, and then running some string through the top middle.

Note: Depending on the quality of the paper plate you won’t want to stuff it too much so it can withhold a few bangs without completely falling off the string the instant it’s hit.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Make a Paper Plate Piñata!

Pinata ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo

This colorful and festive piñata is easy to make. If you're having a party, you can make lots of these in various sizes to hang around!

Materials

  • 2 paper plates
  • glue
  • tissue paper
  • candy

Instructions

  1. Using your tissue paper, make some fringe.  The best to do it is fold it over a few times and then cut up and down.
  2. Then, you'll need to place both paper plates together and staple one end. It should resemble a tambourine, like in image 2b, above.
  3. Once it's stapled, decorate it with tissue paper of various colors.
  4. Let the glue dry, and then stuff it with candy.
  5. Finish by stapling it completely, and then running some string through the top middle.

Notes

Depending on the quality of the paper plate you won't want to stuff it too much so it can withhold a few bangs without completely falling off the string the instant it's hit.

This Cinco de Mayo will be extra special with your homemade piñata that you made together. Now that is left is to celebrate! It really is a great Cinco de Mayo activity.

A bunch of colorful tissue paper flowers arranged on a wooden background making beautiful Mexican paper flowers to celebrate Cinco de Mayo along with the piñata

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How did your homemade pinata turn out? Did your kids have fun making a DIY pinata for Cinco de Mayo?

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