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We wanted to make a fully functioning mini pinata, so ours too has a pull string. It’s been tried and tested by the kids, so we can report that it works beautifully!
To make your DIY pinata at home you will need:
Crepe paper or crepe festoons (4 different colors)
A glue stick
Colored string or ribbon
Small candies and treats
Happythought printable piñata template
How to make a pinata (Photo tutorial + free template)
1. Before starting, prepare your crepe paper.
Cut out 4cm wide strips of brightly coloured crepe paper or use party festoons and fringe with a pair of scissors. If you fold the crepe paper over you can cut and fringe several strips at once.
2. Now cut your fringed crepe paper into strips of approx. 10cm for the base colors and 5cm for the colors going at the tip of your pinata.
3. Next, print out our pinata template, free to download below. Score the folds and cut out the template and the square panel.
4. Fold over the tabs on the side of each triangle as shown before applying the crepe paper to keep them clean.
5. Cover the first triangle in glue and apply two strips of your first color of fringed crepe, overlapping the bottom edge of the triangle.
6. Repeat with two strips of each colour until you reach the top of the triangle.
7. Make sure each strip is well stuck right to the edges of the triangle, otherwise when you trim your fringing some might come loose.
8. You can add 3 or more strips of the top color to get a nice finish.
9. Flip your piñata over and trim off the excess fringing.
10. The first side of your pinata is complete!
11. Repeat this process with each side of your pinata.
12. Attach a loop of string or ribbon to the inside top of one of the triangles with a little sticky tape.
13. Attach a tassel on the bottom of the square panel (see making tassel tutorial below).
14. We used a needle, but you could poke a small hole in the panel with scissors or a pin, then secure your string on the other side with a little tape.
15. Carefully place the square panel inside the triangle base as shown, with the tassel hanging down below.
16. Glue together the first two panels of your pinata.
17. Next glue the third panel.
18. Now you can fill your pinata with goodies – little sweets or toys and a little home made confetti – use the left over scraps of crepe paper and cut into tiny pieces.
19. Seal the third side of your triangle and your mini pinata is ready!
20. Just pull the tassel to release the goodies inside.
1. Fold 4 strips (approx 8cm long) of crepe paper in half.
2. Fringe the ‘open’ end as shown.
3. Unfold the strips of crepe paper.
4. Carefully roll them up.
5. Twist the centre section then fold to make a looped tassel.
6. Apply glue to a small strip of crepe and wrap round below the loop to secure.
7. Wrap around a second strip of fringed crepe in another colour and secure with a little glue.
8. Thread a length of string or ribbon through the loop and secure with a knot.
9. Attach your tassel to the base panel of the pinata.
Traditionally you beat a pinata with a stick until it exploded and all the yummy, shiny contents fell to the ground. Now days, as a safer option (small kids, plus sticks, plus beating and all blindfolded seems fairly inevitable to lead to tears at the very least…) pinatas often come with a string which you pull down on to release the contents.
Original pinatas were star shaped with seven points. The points of the star represented the seven deadly sins.
The blindfold person hitting the pinata represented faith and the stick virtue. As the pinata song (see below) was sung the ‘hitter’ was spun around to represent the confusion of temptation. The idea was that with and virtue you can overcome temptation. By breaking the pinata into pieces you had destroyed the sins and the treats that were released represented forgiveness and a new beginning.
Pinatas are thought to have originated in China. Marco Polo passed this custom on to Europe in the 14th Century and in the 16th Century Spanish missionaries in Mexico used pinatas at their ceremonies. However, the Mayans already had a very similar tradition – to celebrate the birthday of the Aztec god of war, a colorful clay pot with little treasures inside was hit with a stick until the treasures fell at the image of the god’s feet.
Traditionally Pinatas are filled with sweet treats, fruit and confetti and hung from the ceiling or tree. A blindfolded guest then hits the hanging piñata with a stick, releasing the goodies inside.
Pinatas were originally made of clay or papier mache and covered with brightly coloured paper and ribbons.
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