For the last couple of years I have been doing fun birthday cakes for my 4 nephews who all happen to have their birthdays within 2 weeks of each other. With my nephews turning 19, 13, 12, and 7, I had to make something extra cool and absolutely memorable for them all. Having seen my friend, Beth do piñatas for her daughter's birthday, I thought I could try my hand on my first piñata.

What I ended up with was an almost indestructible piñata made by one of the most awesome manmade thing on earth: duct tape. I know you must think that indestructible beats the purpose of a piñata right? Well, if you ever bought a store piñata, you might have realized how frustrating it is when the 1st or 2nd kid beats the piñata down and the long line of kids behind them are disappointed to never get a chance at the piñata. That was exactly what I absolutely did not want. I wanted every kid to have a chance to break the piñata. There turned out to be 16 people (1 adult which is my oldest nephew, lots of teens, and kids) who got a chance to beat on the piñata. And in it finally broke when we brought out the metal baseball bat. It was so much fun to watch the kids and I think the topping on the cake for me was when my sister-in-law texted that my 13 year old nephew didn't want to throw away the battered Pokémon Charmander piñata when it was over.

To create this indestructible duct tape piñata allow yourself 2 weeks to build it. And I will give you tips so that you can vary just how destructible or indestructible of a piñata you want to make.

Step 1: Materials

Again, you need time to create this piñata so I highly recommend to start this about 2 weeks ahead to allow for dry time.

Materials for Skeleton:


Newspaper or magazines


Materials for Piñata Glue:





Materials for Body Parts and Décor:

Empty toilet paper rolls

Empty paper toilet rolls

Duct tape

Tissue paper



X-Acto knife

For Filling:

Candy, toys, school supplies, etc.


Paint, paintbrush, vase, paper bag

I didn't have newspaper which is the more common material used to build piñatas. Since I did have a few magazines, I figured that would be worth trying since I actually had 3 weeks to build this. Magazine turned out to be a great option to strengthen the piñata.

Duct tape is the primary reason this piñata is almost indestructible. It comes in many colors and designs so chances are very good that you will find some in the color you need. If you don't, you can still use the typical gray duct tape because the piñata will be covered in colored tissue paper.

Salt is optional but it helps to keep the piñata glue from molding. I didn't want to chance mold even though the weather was warm so I used it.

The vase is optional but when I used it in a previous project similar to this piñata, I found it so much easier to use as a stand to allow the balloons to dry. The vase is worth using but if you don't have one, you can always use whatever you have around the house. I am always about using what's around the house. For example, you can use a 2 liter bottle with the top cut off. Just add some things to weigh and stabilize it.

<p>This is fantastic - I always wanted to make a pinata for parties here, so thank you for this fun instructable!</p>
<p>i love it</p>
Is that charmander? omg I love it!
*pi&ntilde;ata (not pinata)
<p>Yes, I know. In &quot;Paint&quot; program it doesn't have that sign on it. But if you read my Instructable you would see that it's spelled correctly throughout. :-)</p>
<p>This looks awesome! Props for using Charmander =D</p>
<p>As my oldest nephew stated, &quot;Charmander made the fire nation proud.&quot;</p><p>:-)</p>
XD That's one of the best things I've ever heard!
<p>Lol, thank you. I try to use/ create things in an unconventional way. </p>
<p>Pokemon rock! Looks great :D</p>
<p>Thank you.</p>
<p>I used to love pokemon and now I like your instructable. Nice Charmender BTW.</p>
<p>Thank you. I liked watching the original series when I was younger too.</p>
An indestructible pi&ntilde;ata...that's pure evil! (Thanks for sharing your talent!)
<p>Thank you. This is my 25th instructable and I wanted it to be awesome. </p>
<p>Delightful! I look forward to conducting some pi&ntilde;ata science when I get the chance...</p>
<p>Thank you. Please post a picture if you do.</p>
<p>That looks awesome! I love Piñatas!</p>
<p>Thank you, he's my first pi&ntilde;ata but definitely not my last. </p>

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