{How to} Make Mini Piñata’s

This amazing idea comes from One Charming Party but I like a lot of photos 😉 so I took a couple hundred while I made these with my kids for my son’s birthday … which is Cinco de Mayo.

Here’s how we made mini Piñata’s:

{how to} make mini pinata's!

I’m delirious with happiness about these things. Look at how charming! cute! adorable! they are. My heart skips a beat.

You’ll Need:

# Paper cones (sno cone type – we got ours at a restaurant supply store)
# Small candy
# Hot Glue gun and glue (the tape in the photo is a lie.)
# Scissors
# Ribbon
# Crepe paper or streamers

{how to} make mini pinata's!

I would definitely break this up in to segments and block together tasks that need to be done before breaking out the hot glue gun.

We made 25 of them so my daughter can take them to school on Thursday (and hey, we love a good excuse around here to craft: also it’s her brothers birthday on Thursday) so if you’re making a large quantity of them let’s start with getting our cones ready to fill.

So you’ll snip the very tip off of 25 cones:

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

All these paper cones lined up are so soothing … am I just weird? Anyone else experiencing this?

Once that’s done you’ll snip the ribbon about “yay long” (again, 25 of the same cut. Rinse, repeat.)

snip ribbon

Tie a knot at one end of every cut ribbon:

{how to} make mini pinata's!

Then fold the un-knotted side of your ribbon to fit through the open end of your cone … which will make your “pull string”. This sounds entirely complicated … which it is not.

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

Create a pull string

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

It might be a good time to plug in your glue gun so it’s ready to use after this next step.

Now to cut the crepe paper streamers! I used the diameter of a cone to measure my “control” piece and then just snipped happily until I had a pile of about 27 streamers to use.

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

I frayed about 10 of the streamers – I was going to do them all but it’s tedious. You need to fold, individually cut each fray over and over and over again and then do it some more.

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

But test it out to see what your finished product will look like (you’ll need the motivation through this step …)

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

Happy days – you’re almost there! Fill one half of your piñata (or one cone) with candy, we went with 3 pieces each (but again – use an assembly line and pre-fill all the cones you’ll need in order to complete your 25 piñata’s).

{how to} make mini pinata's!

See?

{how to} make mini pinata's!

I put the hot glue on the cone that did not have candy in it and then pieced it together, applied some pressure to ensure a seal and then went on to my next one.

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

By this time your helpers will have peetered out on you. The hot glue isn’t really kid friendly anyhow … I have 2 blisters and burns to prove it. Yeeooowzers!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

Bless their little will power for helping you at all and not being allowed to eat any of the candy.

For the streamers – after all the piñata’s were assembled I just did another pass of the hot glue gun over the seam and rolled the streamer on applying light pressure to seal. No photos of this part since my helpers were so decidedly engrossed in an animal documentary on Crocs.

{how to} make mini pinata's!

It’ll be worth it though …

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

{how to} make mini pinata's!

Total project took about an hour from start to finish and I paused to take photos and corral my little’s from time to time. Completely doable.

Also only used 3 glue sticks for the entire project (I have a small gun) and was expecting to have to run out and buy more – so I’m glad I didn’t have to do that mid-project/mess.

Happy Cindo de Mayo! Happy Birthday! Happy day!!!

13 thoughts on “{How to} Make Mini Piñata’s

  1. Too cute. I love them. But I am not sure what the deal is with the ribbon? Doesn’t it fall back in? Is it there just to look cute or does it have a purpose?

  2. The ribbons are for pulling the piñata apart 🙂 … They don’t fall back out – the hole should be small enough to prevent that and the knot is so it doesn’t slip out the other way. Hope that helps!

  3. Adorable! I would love to do this, maybe for Halloween or like you did, a party! They are adorable and they look very easy! Thank you for the wonderful idea and easy tutorial! <3

  4. Thank you Kimberly! They’re soooo fun – might even be a great idea for an advent calendar (stuffed and numbered) and then strung on the tree! We might try that 🙂

  5. I’m considering a rainbow theme for my daughter’s first birthday and LOVE this idea. I’m not big on the violence of a pinata or a punch wall, and since it’ll be a mostly 3 & under crowd, this might be perfect. Question – do you think they’re easy enough for toddlers to pull apart? Perhaps just a few dabs of hot glue would do instead of a double run?

  6. First, thank you!! They were so much fun! We made them for our sons 3rd birthday – they were just right for pulling apart. Kids loved being able to pull apart for the surprise.

  7. Hi I love these! I first saw this on Pinterest and saw the other blog and yours! Both are great and will help me a ton with making them for my daughter’s 3rd birthday which is in just a couple of weeks! However I am having a hard time finding the paper cones since it is almost October! Any help???

  8. Sooo exciting! I hope the party is a blast. 🙂 we have a store called Gordon Foods where we live – That’s where I found the snow-cone cones. It’s like a restaurant supply store (with food). If you have a Michaels or Hobby Lobby, I’d try there too. Hope that helps!!

  9. Thank you so much we have a Gordon’s as well! I will try there. I am a young mother 25 yrs old and my daughter birthday is just 2 days after mine (i know right!) But I have been really trying to get into the DIY life, I find it gives me things to do outside of work, church, and my busy 2 almost 3 year old! Cannot wait to get started!

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