We think a Cinco de Mayo celebration should be fun down to the last detail -- and these adorable DIY mini piñatas certainly fit the bill. Grab your fringing scissors and get to work on some festive decor elements that will infuse your fiesta with cheerful color.
- Medium-size cereal box
- Fringe scissors (optional)
- Painter’s tape
- Party streamers in multiple colors
- Double-sided tape
- Printer paper
- Colorful construction paper
Step 1: Draw,
stencil, or trace the outline of a donkey on the cereal box (ours measured 3 ½”
x 4 1/2”) and cut out. Trace around the cutout to make a second cardboard donkey
of the same shape and size.
Step 2: Cut a one-inch-wide
strip from the box, and lay flat between the two cutouts as shown. Tape together
the three pieces as demonstrated, and begin to bend the strip to the shape of
the cutouts, taping down as you go. (TIP: Move the strip of cardboard between
your hands to make it pliable and easier to curve around the shape of the
Step 3: Continue
adding strips with painters tape as needed until you’ve covered all open sides
except for the bottom of the feet.
Step 4: Cut a
strip of party streamer n the color of your choice; fold in half lengthwise,
and fringe using scissors (this effect can also be made using regular scissors).
Step 5: Starting
from the bottom, wrap double-sided tape around the piñata, and add a layer of
fringed streamer. Work your way up the
piñata layer by layer, alternating colors.
Step 6: For the
sides of the piñata, we added one-inch stripes layered one over the other and
affixed with double-sided tape.
Step 7: Repeat steps 1-6 until you have the desired number of piñatas (one cereal box will make three). When you
have finished, fill each with treats through the bottom and then seal with painters
These fun and festive mini piñatas can be given as favors, strung together to make a garland, or personalized with guest names layered on colorful swatches of contruction paper. The possibilities are endless!