Aren’t mini piñata’s the absolute cutest ever? Or am I weird for thinking that? Maybe both… Anyway, I’v recently been seeing them all over the place. I decided to make a diamond shaped one and love how it turned out. Oh, and did I mention that you can make one out of cardboard?! Yes. Cardboard. So that old box you have sitting around taking up space in the garbage can, give it a second life as a pretty little piñata! And who say’s you need to plan an event or organize a party to make one? I think I might fill it and give it to one of my sisters (or make three more, fill them all, and give each of my sisters one or I might be in trouble!). It was SO EASY to make too! And to make it even easier for you, I included a free printable template so you can make one (or 5) for yourself! Yay!
To make this piñata, you will need scissors or a craft blade, pen, tissue paper, glue, cardboard, hot glue or tape, string or twine, and the free printable template. Here’s how you do it…
First, you need to make the form of the piñata. So the diamond ‘box’ part. To do this, use your template (or eyeball a design if you would rather) and cut 2 pieces of cardboard out. This is going to make the front and back pieces of the piñata. Make sure to keep all your scraps for later!
Next, from the scraps cut strips to use along the sides of the diamond ‘box’. You can make them as wide as you would like, but make sure you have enough cardboard to cover the length of the piñata. My sides are about 2 inches wide. Once you have your strips done, curl them each into a roll from top to bottom. This step just helps the strips mold to the shape of the piñata a little easier.
You should end up with pieces like this.
Now it’s time to assemble it! You can use tape or hot glue for this. I used hot glue for mine, but I recommend using tape if you plan on breaking open the piñata when you’re done making it. If you want to attach a string to hang the piñata from, do that before glueing. In one of the top side pieces, just pop a hole in it and put a string through. To glue the pieces all you need to do is run a line of glue down the side of one of the diamond front or back pieces and hold a strip up to it until the glue hardens. Easy Peasy!
Keep glueing all the way around until the diamond ‘box’ is fully formed. Make sure to leave a flap if you want to fill it! I put mine on the top corner. Once the ‘box’ is formed, you will need to add the fringe! Here’s a quick tip to help this step go by a little faster…
Adding the fringe is the most time consuming part of making this piñata. You want to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top. I used a glue stick to add the paper and it worked great.
This is what the beginning of the side fringe will look like. As you work your way up, cut the excess paper off the sides to clean it up a bit.
Here’s what the sides will look like when they are covered. When the sides are done, do the same thing to cover the front and back of your piñata.
I used a white sparkly tissue paper for the sides, and a light blue for the front and back.
And thats it! This was such a fun project to make and was quick to put together too! I would love to see any that you make. Just tag me on Instagram @thecraftycarlson or use #thecraftycarlson.
Thanks so much for reading! Have an amazing day!
***Download your free template HERE!***