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How to Make a Piñata Using a Paper Bag

How to Make a Piñata Using a Paper Bag

If you want to make a pinata without the mess that comes with making traditional paper mache pinatas, this is the project for you. This pinata is made using a paper bag, tissue paper, glue, and a few other supplies you might already have laying around your house.

Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
Time Required: 30 minutes

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.

Let's begin...

Gathering The Supplies


Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:

Paper Bag - You can make a larger pinata by using a paper grocery bag or an smaller pinata using a paper lunch bag - you choose!
Candy and/or Small Toys - Not pictured
Colored Tissue Paper
String or Yarn
Craft Glue
Stapler - Not pictured
Hole Puncher

Now we can start...

Fill Your Bag

You will follow these same steps whether you are making a large pinata using a paper grocery bag or a small, individual-sized pinata using a paper lunch bag. I used a small, paper lunch bag for this article.

Start out by opening your bag and setting it on your work surface. Put the candy and/or small toys into the bag. You do not want your bag to be more than half way full or it will be too heavy to hang! Now, fill the rest of the bag, stopping about 2-inches from the top, using scrunched up newspaper.

Closing the Paper Bag

Once you have your pinata filled, pinch the top of the bag together and roll it down 2 or 3 times. Staple it shut.

Covering the Bag's Bottom

Cover the bottom of your filled paper bag with a piece of tissue paper. Set your bag on a piece of tissue paper and cut the tissue paper so it is about 2-inches larger than the bottom of the paper bag all the way around.

Glue the edges of the tissue paper up around the bottom of the paper bag. I handled the corners as if I were wrapping a present.

Cutting Tissue Paper Strips

Now you will want to cut several strips of tissue paper. These should be long enough to completely fit around your bag and about 4-inches wide if you are using a paper lunch bag or 6-inches wide if you are using a paper grocery bag. You might have to use two strips together to fit all the way around a paper grocery bag. You will need about 5 strips for either sized bag (this may vary).

Cut Fringe in Your Strips

Use your scissors to cut fringe along a long edge of all of your tissue paper strips. The fringe should go about half way up your tissue paper strip. The fringe should be cut about 1-inch apart.

Gluing on the Tissue Paper

Now, you simply start near the bottom of the bag, just above the piece of tissue paper you glued onto the bottom of the bag, and place a bead of glue around the bag. Stick your first piece of fringed tissue paper, fringed edge down, onto the glue. This should hang over the bottom tissue paper and slightly overhang the bottom edge of the bag.

Finish Covering Your Paper Bag

Place a bead of glue just above the edge of the first strip you glued on. Stick another strip onto the bag, hanging about halfway over the first strip. Continue this until your entire bag is covered by fringed tissue paper. If you want your pinata to look fuller, use more strips glued closer together.

Finishing Your Pinata

Punch two holes along the top, folded edge of the paper bag. Cut a piece of yarn or string a few yeards long. Thread one end of the piece of yarn or string through one hole, pull it across the top edge of the bag, and then back through the other hole. Tie it using a few overhand knots so it will not come apart when you hang it.

Cut several strips of tissue paper, about 1-inch thick and 6-inches long. Glue them to the bottom of the pinata.

Not you can hang up your pinata! This pinata may not break the same way as a traditional, paper mache pinata, but it is just as decorative and the kids will love the surprises inside just the same.


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