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If you've ever planed a "themed" party, then you know the frustration involved in finding all the right party supplies. Especially when it comes to that ALL IMPORTANT party piñata. Very few stores carry piñatas & if they do they are usually the typical, donkey, star, princess castle etc. Best case scenario, you find what you are looking for, but it is completely demolished by the 3rd kiddo out of a line of 15 that wanted to participate. Put all those party nightmares to rest! Follow these instructions and you can have the PERFECT piñata for any occasion for under $10.00, with no measuring or mixing of messy pastes. 
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Step 1: Old School Rules!

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Paper mache has been around for centuries & there are a number of ways to do it. I  learned this fun crafting skill from my Mother years ago. She would often make a custom piñata for my Birthday, and it always made the day just a little more special for me. I mean, who else gets to have a giant piñata of their own face to smash!!! Although my Mother's old school rules of using a flour paste, and a simple one balloon shape, are effective; I've honed my paper mache skills over the years and discovered which supplies & techniques work best for me.

Step 2: Simple Supplies

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To make your piñata you will need a few simple supplies:

Newspapers, paper bags, or packaging paper = free/ recycled
1 Jug of liquid starch (sta-flo) = $3.00
Variety pack of balloons = $1.00
Role of masking tape = $1.00
Paper streamers = $1.00 (per color you need)
1 bottle Elmer's glue = $1.00
1 jar lid = free/ recycled
10" piece of rope or twine = free/ recycled

NOTE: you will also need, a towel to work on,  a bowl to pour starch in, & scissors or a knife for cutting.

sophiav made it!24 days ago

Hey guys!

I make awesome custom pinatas! Check out my website at or email me at for any questions, comments or to place a custom order! :)

Always here to help :)

amandalaster4 months ago

Good Instructable! I am researching for making my first piñata and your Instructable was very informative. Thank you.

poofrabbit2 years ago
BTW I've never mached using just starch, I'm very excited to try this out! Also, how cool was your mom! What a cool tradition!
poofrabbit2 years ago
Awe this is so cute!!!! I died laughing at filling it with nuts. :)
shazni2 years ago
Congratulations on your win! you have so much talent .
mygibzone (author)  shazni2 years ago
Thank you so much for the kind words!
That is just too adorable! And you filled it with peanuts? Just too much cuteness going on here :)
mygibzone (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks! The kids actually really liked the peanuts idea! I thought they might be a little disappointed by it, so it was a pleasent surprise for me too! :D
tdc22022 years ago
This is really cute!
artfulann2 years ago
I especially like the moose...could be a friendlier "trophy head" concept!
mygibzone (author)  artfulann2 years ago
Yes, good idea! Don't limit yourself to pinatas. I mention in the end that I've used this same method to make home decor and halloween costumes as well. Try it out & have some fun!
Lol these r sooo good your amazing with this stuff even as a kid
mygibzone (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
Thank you! The one of me as a child was actually made by my Mother, but I owe all my creativity to her!
wold6302 years ago
I LOVE that squirrel and that face you (I think) are holding is fantastic. We just had a disappointing experience with a donkey that seriously would not break. All the kids were so sad. I will have to try this next time, thanks for sharing and great job. So creative with the designs.
mygibzone (author)  wold6302 years ago
Thanks! I've had lots of disappointing experiences with store bought ones. The thing I like most about homemade, is that you can make it as strong or as weak as you like, depending on the age of the children. Mine usually will last just long enough to go through about 15 kids before breaking.
bajablue2 years ago
omgosh... these creations are ADORABLE, gib!

Fabulous work!!!!!!!!

lol... "Fabulous" x 3!!!!
mygibzone (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Wow you are really enthusiastic! ;) Thank you!
lol... I know!  

Check your Stars, gib!  Maybe the robot tripled my 5 Star rating, too!
bajablue2 years ago
omgosh... these creations are ADORABLE, gib!

Fabulous work!!!!!!!!

bajablue2 years ago
omgosh... these creations are ADORABLE, gib!

Fabulous work!!!!!!!!

ratdspoisk2 years ago
mygibzone (author)  ratdspoisk2 years ago
Thank you!
Wow, I've never seen it done like this but building the base like that from balloons makes complete sense. And it looks so much easier this way. :D
mygibzone (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
It is very easy & fun! In fact, my 5 year old has started making her own. It's one of those skills that gets sweeter with time :)