DIY Pinata Costume

Introduction: DIY Pinata Costume

This Halloween, I wanted a costume that was 1.) cheap and 2.) unique.

1.) I need my money for ramen and
2.) I've seen enough of the same "themed tube dress" to know it wasn't worth my ramen money for 1 yard of fabric that everyone else was wearing. 1 night of hotness < 2 months of food.

In the end I decided to make a pinata costumer! Keep reading to learn how to make your own quick and easy pinata costume.

Step 1: Materials

 You will need:

-1 button-down shirt, preferably one you don't care about
-1 skirt, again one you don't care about
-Different colors of streamers  
-Tape 1 1/2 " wide 
-Halloween Animal Ears

The shirt was mine, the skirt was goodwill, streamers were from a dollar store, and everything else I found. Total cost: $5.00 

Step 2: Pinata-fying Your Tape.

 Generally, the costume is a skirt and a shirt covered with strips of streamers attached by tape.
Rather than tape every single layer of streamers, I made strips with several layers of streamers attached, then taped those "pinata strips" clothes.

Step 3: How NOT to Adhere It to the Clothing...

 I made the mistake of laying the skirt out flat and putting on the tape that way. This caused me grief, because unlike the surface of my table, I am not flat. I have a bum, and masking tape does not stretch. 

Step 4: How to Adhere Pinata Tape to Clothing (the Right Way)

 Put SOME of the tape on while the garment is on a flat surface, then put the garment on and readjust so it fits. This makes sure that the tape is in the right shape for your body. Remember, even though the fabric of your skirt is stretchy now, it won't matter once it's covered in tape. :3
Same goes for the top.

You may need a friend to help you get those hard to reach areas covered.

In case you didn't do it the right way, fix it by pulling back most of tape, then re-adhering it while wearing the skirt. Make more pinata tape to make up for the gap.

Step 5: Ears!

Unlike the skirt, I pre-fringed the streamers for the ears because it's so small. 

You'll want your tape to stay on the inside of the headband. Nobody will see it there. 

Also, covering the ears was a bit tricky. Wrap, tape, twist, curse, repeat until they look good. 

For the middle (not shown), I fringed both ends of another color streamer, then wrapped it around.

Step 6: Tail!

 The tail is very fun to dance with, and it helps camouflage any wrinkles or rips that happen on the backside of the skirt from sitting down. 

Step 7: Other Notes

There are several different variations you can make of this costume:

Pinata animal (what I did)
Pinata person (Pinata business suit)
Injured Pinata (Complete with crutches, arm sling, eye patch)
Offensive Pinata (Complete with injured accoutrement and armed with women / mexican jokes)

Reminders for your night as a pinata:
-Do not check your watch while holding a drink. 
-Stay away from open flames (flaming shots, candles, torches, etc.)
-Stay away from liquids. Bring an umbrella. You are essentially walking paper mache. 
-People will PROBABLY hit you. Don't take it personally, it's the natural thing to do when you see a pinata. They want candy. Give out candy as a preventative measure. Everyone will love you.
-Even if your pinata suit does get a little messed up, just think of it as making your costume "more accurate". 


-Not entirely practical (but hey, what great costume ever is?)
-Somewhat delicate (but you will leave confetti)
-Sweat can be a complicating factor. 
-Running out of candy 

NOTE: This tape method probably isn't the best way to make an actual pinata. Unless you hate kids. Try paper mache for that.
Also, my apologies for not using the proper tilde n. 

If you need any clarifications, comment! <3 

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    13 Discussions

    Hema PreethaaS
    Hema PreethaaS

    4 years ago

    I was so tired of buying $40- $50 costumes for my kids so I decided to do my own cheap but Unique & Cute... me & my 7 yr decided to do the Pinnata Costume. we are 90% done i have added my own ideas to it to make it more cuter... i will post the picture soon. it didnt take that long.

    Hema PreethaaS
    Hema PreethaaS

    4 years ago

    I was so tired of buying $40- $50 costumes for my kids so I decided to do my own cheap but Unique & Cute... me & my 7 yr decided to do the Pinnata Costume. we are 90% done i have added my own ideas to it to make it more cuter... i will post the picture soon. it didnt take that long.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Do you know that piñatas get hit with Sticks trying to break them? NEVER wear a Piñata costume! unless you want to get hurt


    6 years ago on Step 6

    Pretty stinkin' cute!! Unless I'm a ding-dong and missed it, how long did this take you? I am thinking about making one for myself for when I take my little man around trick-or-treating, but don't know if I'm ready for the time commitment... :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I'll be showing this to my 7yo when she gets home from school! We need a cheap costume and I even have a skirt of hers (complete with random holes) that I was about to throw out!


    7 years ago on Step 6

    Holy heck, I know exactly what I'm going to do for Halloween, now! I've been searching for days for an awesome idea, and I think this will be perfect! Colorful, fun, and unique. A great alternative to a lot of the more provcative outfits that girls wear... this makes my day (:


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! I pinata-ized a too-large shirt I had and it worked out well: the extra room in the shirt was helpful in getting it on once I was done and I had minimal tearing. Your idea of assembling a bunch of streamers into a set was a good one for the bottom 2/3rds of the shirt. Having sheets of streamers to tape on as a set worked well.

    Any child who gave me a high-five ("hit the pinata") got a mini-bag of M&M's, so I had many visitors during the party. Luckily my candy supplies held out to the end of the evening.


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Nice technique! I love this as a fun, easy and cheap costume. Great idea, thanks!


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 2

    Thanks! I completely forgot about this instructable, haha


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice one!

    I did something very similar for a Mexican themed Christmas party last year. I wish I'd seen you instructable first - it would have saved me making the same mistake of laying it all out flat.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     "Stay away from open flames ... unless you're into that sort of thing."