Make your own pinata animal

Making a pinata can be a great fun project to do with your kids. Kids will love painting, decorating and filling the pinata with lollies and treats before the fun of cracking it open again.

What you need:

  • Two balloons
  • Newpaper
  • Craft glue
  • White paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Number of players:


Blow up two balloons, a large one for the body and a smaller one for the head. Tie them together, and using a bit of tape secure the head to the body.

To create a  tail, ears, beak – or any other small part of the animal you have chosen to make – use cardboard to cut out the shape and stick to the balloon with tape.

Tear the newspaper into pieces. Squeeze the craft glue into a small container and water down until it is runny like paint.

Apply glue to the balloon using the paintbrush, then paste the pieces of newspaper to the balloon. Try and do one layer at a time until you have built up about four layers.

The final layer should be torn white paper, to make painting easier.

Set the pinata aside to dry for a couple of days before painting.

When the paint is dry, cut a 6cm flap in the top using a craft knife (this will burst the balloon) and fill with lollies or treats.

Tape the flap closed, string the pinata up to a tree or a clothesline and let the kids smash it open.

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