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Thinking of what to get a friend or family member for a special occasion? Often times this seems like a monumental task, but in this tutorial I'll show you how to make a mini pinata that ANYONE would love to receive as a gift! Packed with candy and home-made goodness, what's not to love?

Let's get started!

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Step 1: Materials

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For this project, you will need

card stock or cardboard

Ruler (or any straight edge)

masking tape (avoid scotch tape)

tissue paper (the kind used for gift bags)

Elmer's white school glue

candy or other small surprises to put inside

string or yarn

scissor ot exacto knife

Step 2: Cut Out Shapes On Card Stock

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The best part about this project is that you could literally make any shape possible, depending on your level of 3-d paper product experience.

I started off making a diamond shaped pinata. I traced and cut 4 shapes that would be taped together to create a 3 dimensional object.

Step 3: Tape It Up and Add String & Candy

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After all the shapes were cut out, I began to tape it all together. Using masking tape and avoiding the use of scotch tape as the latter does not work well with white glue (which we'll work with in the next step)

Take your time matching and taping up the different sides of your pinata, as this will be the basic form and if you have gaps, the candy may fall right out.

Before I taped the entire thing closed, I tied a knot in a length of string and fed it through the topmost part of the pinata and taped it in place. Next, I filled the pinata's belly with yummies. Tape closed.

Take a minute to examine your shape and add tape to any potential problem areas.

Step 4: Cut Tissue Paper

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Using a scissor and a sheet of tissue paper, fold the tissue paper in halves again and again, cutting about a strip that is 1.5 inches in width. Begin to cut small slits or a fringe along the bottom of the strip, make sure the slits aren't too close to the top so as to sever the strip.

Once you're happy with your fringe, open the tissue paper back up. It's ready to use!

Ruby Diamonds6 months ago

You can use these for any celebration!

can we use paper instead of card stock or card board? i cant get that stuff so yeah

amalkhan (author)  maria_loves2sing1 year ago
do you have cereal boxes lying around? Those would be perfect!

So cute!

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing this!

wbotwick1 year ago
Thank you!!!! Made these Easter pinata's today. You inspired me!!
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lilchumy1 year ago
This is a really cool idea!
nkurth1 year ago
this little fellows will be the Easter-Presents for my co-worker... we work at a themepark and love crazy presents :-)
thehbird1 year ago

That is amazingly perfect thanks

What a fabulous idea! My daughter wants a pinata at her birthday party so bad...and I do not...but mini pinata's would be a perfect compromise, and a perfect take home goodie bag for her friends! I love it! Thank you so much, may you sleep well knowing you've inspired me--hee hee! :)

amalkhan (author)  doodlecraft1 year ago

Yeay!! I did feel better rested when I got up this morning =)

dmajor31 year ago
Very cool project probably Mexican mice would use this at parties.
LOPENG1 year ago

Is very creative, very beautiful