Piñatas were the best part of parties when I was little! I knew I wanted to make one for Cinco de Mayo, and just as I was about to throw out a tissue box, a little light bulb went off! Tissue boxes are perfect for making piñatas; they’re readily available and already have a place for candy and treat stuffing! So I got to work on this super fun and bright mini piñata that you can whip up before your party on May 5th (or for any other party you’d like!).

Materials:

  • tissue box
  • crepe paper and/or paper streamers
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • glue
  • sweets and treats, of course!

Instructions

  1. Cut your crepe paper into strips to make fringe. You'll need a lot; I used about six lengths that were 7.5 feet each. If you're using crepe paper sheets, leave them folded and simply cut off strips from the bottom end (about an inch or less ) and fringe that; it will give you around 7.5 to 8 feet. If you’re using regular crepe paper streamers, measure your length, then cut it in half, widthwise, and fringe. You also need to cut ribbon for your handle and decorative ribbon for the bottom (optional). Mine were all 18" lengths.
  2. Tie a large knot in the center of your decorative ribbon; this will hold up the box at the bottom. Then tie a knot, forming a loop, in your ribbon handle. With your scissors, poke a hole in one top corner of your tissue box, then poke another hole in the opposite bottom corner.
  3. Pull your ribbon through the holes you created, making sure that the knot at the bottom is large enough not to slip through each end.
  4. Fill your piñata with treats! Once filled, seal it up with craft or computer paper. Since my tissue box had a very bold design, I covered the entire thing in paper to prevent it from showing through.
  5. To adhere your fringe, start with the sides of your box. Run thin lines of glue around the box and gently wrap the fringe around and around. Make sure each layer of fringe is very close to the previous layer so you prevent any of the box from showing through.
  6. Keep wrapping! Once the sides are completely covered, you'll want to add fringe to the top and bottom. Do this in the same manner as before, but instead of wrapping you'll cut your fringe each time you come to the edge of the box.
  7. Let dry completely and then you are done! And as quickly as it was made, it will be destroyed … but all in good fun!

¡Olé!

Kelly Lanza is the editor and founder of Studio DIY, a DIY party blog and resource where she celebrates every event, holiday and milestone, big or small. She is also a freelance blogger and party crafter for several local clients and national blogs. She's a sometimes baker, always a creator and an East Coast transplant living in Los Angeles.

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