A few weeks ago we had our son’s 7th birthday party at our house. He wanted a piñata so we went off to the party store to find a cheap one. The theme of the party was mustaches, so I thought we could get an animal or superhero piñata, slap a mustache on it, and call it good. When we got to the store we found a shark piñata way up high on top of the shelves. When the store worker got it down for us it was then I could see how small it was. It was tiny, and cost $20 (not including the cost of the candy that goes inside!). I told her no thank you and she put it back on the shelf. Instead I bought a $3 roll of black crepe streamers and took it home to see if I could turn it into a piñata.
I probably should have done some research in advance to see how to actually make a piñata, instead I just totally winged it. I’ve seen mustache piñata pictures online before, so I know others had made them. I just hadn’t actually taken the time to read HOW they had made them. I decided to use what I had at home in my craft closet and the recycle bin and see if I could make it work.
Supplies I used:
Cardboard cereal boxes
Paper Grocery Bags
White Elmer’s Glue
Black Crepe Streamers
Open up and flatten down the cereal boxes. Tape them together so they form one large piece of cardboard that is big enough to draw your piñata shape on.
Draw half of a mustache onto the cardboard with a pencil leaving plenty of room for the half.
Step 3: Fold the cardboard in half. Cut along pencil lines so that when cardboard is opened up you have a complete mustache.
I wish I had more pictures of the remaining steps but that is probably due to the fact that it was late at night, I was bleary eyed and working hard just to get the thing put together so I could go to sleep.
Step 4: Repeat above steps so you end up with 2 complete matching mustaches. These will form the front and back of your piñata.
Step 5: Tape paper bags to the front and back pieces of your mustache(or use more cereal boxes if you prefer something harder to break). I really wish I had pictures of this step. Basically you need to join the front and back parts so the mustache is 3-D. Cut a square flap into the top of the mustache to create an opening for you to put the candy into later.
Step 6: Cover with glue and streamers. Fill with candy before covering up the hole with streamers.
Step 7: Go to sleep.
Believe it or not, it held! I thought for sure the thing would crumble at the first swing.
- Have a plan for hanging your piñata. Thankfully I have a very creative husband who was able to take care of this step for me.
- It is best to make the piñata at least a couple days ahead of time. If you use Elmer’s glue to glue the crepe streamers onto the cardboard at midnight, they will not be dry at 6 am.
The piñata took time to make, but saved us quite a bit of money. The larger piñatas of this size would have cost $39. My homemade version cost us $3. And is completely recyclable!