Bust Up the Party

By Kaya Diebes


No matter how old you are, there’s always the five-year-old inner-child that comes out when you see a piñata. Imagining yourself back at your sixth birthday party and swinging as hard as you possibly could at the piñata and then watching it, finally, break open with candy coming flying out, is something you can’t forget. Now even though we may be in high school and don’t want to spend our money on a piñata, it’s super easy to make one yourself. The best part, you probably have everything you need right at home. One advantage of making your own piñata is that you can completely customize it to fit your party theme.

Let’s say you wanted to make a strawberry piñata. This type of piñata is generally about the perfect size. Plus, you can adjust the size based on how big you blow the balloon up. While making this first type of piñata, it can get a little messy, but that’s all part of the fun, right?

  1. Mix one part water with one part flour to create your paste.

  2. Blow up the balloon to your preferred size.

  3. Cut a newspaper into strips.

  4. Dip the newspaper strips into the paste and make sure to squeeze off any extra paste, and apply the coated newspaper strips to the balloon.

  5. Repeat Step 4. Layer the newspaper strips on the balloon until you have three or four layers. Make sure you LEAVE AN OPENING ON THE TOP.

  6. Let the in-progress piñata dry for at least 24 hours.

  7. Pop the balloon and decorate!

Fun Surprises to Put in Your Piñata

  • If you’re looking for something sort of basic to put in your piñata, I always recommend putting as much candy as you can possibly can in there. If you want to add a little extra pizazz to it, add a ton of confetti. That way when someone finally breaks it open, the confetti will come flying out everywhere. It’s like a confetti snowstorm!

  • If you’re looking for something more on the pranking side of things, filling the piñata with baby powder of powdered sugar would be quite the surprise. Just make sure you’re out of the line of fire when the piñata finally breaks open.

  • If you’re looking to impress the kids at your little sibling’s birthday party, filling the piñata with little toys you could get at a dollar store is sure to win them over. For example, you could fill it with slinkies, bubble wands, water squirt guns, glowsticks, stickers, and sticky wall toys.No matter how old you are, there’s always the five-year-old inner-child that comes out when you see a piñata. Imagining yourself back at your sixth birthday party and swinging as hard as you possibly could at the piñata and then watching it, finally, break open with candy coming flying out, is something you can’t forget. Now even though we may be in high school and don’t want to spend our money on a piñata, it’s super easy to make one yourself. The best part, you probably have everything you need right at home. One advantage of making your own piñata is that you can completely customize it to fit your party theme.

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