Today we are learning how to make piñatas! This super easy piñata craft starts with paper plates. Who doesn’t love a piñata? This simple DIY piñata starts is fun to make with kids of all ages. My family is excited to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and make a Paper Plate Piñata together.
How to Make Piñatas
Piñatas can be kind of pricy and sometimes it is hard to find something not character-related to celebrate. Oh, and making your own piñata is not only fun, but a great way to celebrate and spend time with your kids! Paper Plate Piñatas are easy to make, and we will show you how!
Related: Make some tissue paper flowers
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.
Related: More Cinco de Mayo crafts & activities
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Make a Piñata From a Paper Plate
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!
Supplies Needed To Make A Piñata
Directions To Make A Piñata
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.
Then, you’ll need to place both paper plates together and staple one end. It should resemble a tambourine, like in image 2b, above.
Once the paper plates are stapled, decorate your piñata foundation with tissue paper of various colors.
Let the glue dry, and then stuff it with candy.
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.
Finish by stapling the opening of the piñata completely. Run some string through the top middle and then hang in an open area.
- 2 paper plates
- tissue paper
- 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.
- Then, you'll need to place both paper plates together and staple one end. It should resemble a tambourine, like in image 2b, above.
- Once it's stapled, decorate it with tissue paper of various colors.
- Let the glue dry, and then stuff it with candy.
- Finish by stapling it completely, and then running some string through the top middle.
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.
More Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Kids
- Download & print these free Cinco de Mayo coloring pages
- Check out these printable activity pages all about Cinco de Mayo facts
- Download and print these Flag of Mexico coloring pages
- And check out these fun facts about Mexico for kids
How did your homemade piñata turn out? Did your kids have fun making a DIY piñata for Cinco de Mayo?