Paper Bag Piñata

This piñata is really easy to make. Ask an adult to help you create one for your next party!

What You Need:

  • Large paper grocery bag
  • Wrapped candies and/or small toys
  • A few sheets of newspaper
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • 11-by-16-inch piece of colored tissue
  • Several 6-inch-wide strips of colored tissue paper, fringed
  • Safety scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Several 2-by-10-inch strips of tissue, folded in half lengthwise
  • Several yards of cord

What You Do:

  1. Place the bag on a flat surface. Fill it 1/3 full with candy/toys, then another 1/3 full with crumpled newspaper.
  2. Fold over the top about an inch; then fold it over two more times and staple. Punch two holes in the top, 4 inches from each edge.
  3. To cover the bottom: Center the bag on the large piece of tissue paper. Squeeze a ribbon of glue around the edge of the tissue.
  4. Pull up the two long sides of tissue and press them to the bag. Then pull up the two short sides and press them to the bag. Fold over the end pieces and glue.
  5. Squeeze a ribbon of glue around the bag just above the edge of tissue paper. Stick on a piece of fringed tissue, with fringe pointing down. (You’ll need two pieces to go around the bag.)
  6. Continue with the next row. Squeeze a ribbon of glue around the bag—just above the last piece of tissue. Apply another fringed row of a different color. Continue until your piñata is covered.
  7. Place a dot of glue in the center of the 10-inch strips and glue them to the bottom of the piñata. Add as many as you like and let dry.
  8. Insert cord through a hole at the top, pull it across, and bring it out the other hole. Ask an adult to tie a couple of strong knots.

Parents: You may need to make a few small cuts in the bottom of the piñata for easier breaking. Now hang the piñata outdoors over a tree branch or pole. Be sure children use a plastic bat and follow our safety tips below.

Safe and Fun for Everyone!

by Diane de Anda

 Parents: Cracking open a piñata can be the best part of a party! Here are some tips and rules to share with your young guests ahead of time.

  • Have at least 2 adults present.
  • Adult 1 holds rope and moves piñata.
  • Adult 2 manages the “hitter” and guests.
  • Children form a circle or half circle—10 feet from piñata.
  • Blindfold the hitter—spin her 3 times.
  • Help hitter tap the piñata with the bat.
  • Hitter gets 3 swings while Adult 1 moves the piñata up and down.
  • After treats fall, Adult 2 takes the bat.
  • On “GO!” children may run to the treats.
  • Children keep one treat and place the rest in a large basket.
  • Give each child a paper bag; divide treats equally among bags.