How to Make Your Own Piñata (Part 2) + a Giveaway

This is the second and last part of how to make your own piñata.  On the first part I showed you how to make the body and how it looked after I was done with the papier mache process.  After it was dried I used an X-ACTO Circle cutter to make the opening to stuff the piñata with candy.

Then I used tissue paper that I bought at Walmart 3/$1 to wrap the piñata.  Then I made 4 inch stripes of snipped tissue paper and decorated it.  I used Elmer’s Craftbond glue to glue the strips to the piñata.

Final product:

I made this for my daughter who just turned one.  Her older brothers helped create this card for her:

Win It!

I am submitting this piñata to the Elmer’s Craft Challenge.  I received X-ACTO and Elmer’s Products to help me create this project.  If I win, I get a $1,000 charitable contribution to a national educational-based charity of  my choice.  I am not holding my breath for a win but three of you might get lucky!  Three lucky Common Sense with Money readers will win one set of the following products to use in their own crafty creations:


4-pack Decorative Edge Scissors
Self Healing Mat
Retractable Craft Knife
Craft Swivel Knife


Scrapbooking Tape: Repositionable
Extra Strength Glue Stick
Wet & Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen
Permanent Tape Runner

To enter just leave me a comment sharing whether you are crafty or not.  if you are craft let me know what you like to do.

This giveaway ends on 10/12 at 9PM EST. This giveaway is open to U.S residents 18 years and older.  Emailing me is not a valid way to enter this giveaway.  If you are reading this in an email click here to enter this gveaway.

This giveaway is sponsored by the Elmers. I received Elmers  products to complete the challenge and three sets to giveaway.  All statements are 100% my own opinion.

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  • Christina P.

    First, I want to say that your pinata turned out adorable!!!! I am a pretty crafty person. I love to crochet, decorate gift bags and make homemade gifts for family and friends. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Sara

    Great job on the piñata! I’m crafty as well, I sew, make greeting cards and decorate cakes.

  • Laura W.

    I’m not very crafty, but I do like making wreaths.

  • Laura F

    I think we are all crafty… least in our own minds! LOL

  • working on cake balls right now…bakey/crafty

  • Sandy

    Definitely not crafty. But I do enjoy making cheesecakes.

  • Annie-Michele

    You made it and really cute!

  • Jaimie

    I have high hopes of being crafty – it just never turns out good when I try!

  • Jill

    That is a super cool pinata! I am extra crafty. Starting with being a hairstylist crafting hair, my hobbies are cake decorating and any kind of papercrafting. I’m dizzy with delight in the craft stores:)

  • April

    I am not crafty at all, but hubby and the kids are 🙂

  • I would love to be crafty! My kids are… I run a brownie troop, so I have to pretend to be crafty. : )

    I love the pinata.

  • Chhaya

    Thats such a lovely and cute pinata ! I am not very much inclined to create things on my own, but I love looking at all the DIY craft blogs, hoping that they will spark my inner creativity and imagination !!

  • Your piñata is adorable – I think you should win! I make cards, journals, gift boxes and that sort of thing.

  • lisa

    Soo not crafty 🙁

  • Brenda Adair

    Crafty? hmm. Maybe a little here and there. I have to say, sometimes when I try to be creative working on a new project, I always surprise myself.

  • Carrie

    I like to make crafts with my kids right now. I really don’t have the time to be crafty for any other reason! lol

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  • Lisa

    I make crafts with anything and everything LOL! But I really loveeeeeeee to make door wreaths.

  • I love to be crafty. Your pinata tutorial is inspirational. I love to make everything for my daughter’s birthday parties. I just made a Care Bear dress!

  • Shaunna

    Very crafty!! And great giveaway

  • Ann

    I like to do all kinds of crafts. I like making cards and painting are my favorite.

  • Nicki S.

    I’m a knitter, but I can’t get past the straight line. So scarves and blankets are my specialty. Ha.

    I also make chocolates with the little molds for gifts. Everyone likes chocolate!

  • Karen

    I have started making homemade paper….it is messy but the final product is neat.

  • AngelaRS1973

    I’m not sure I could be as crafty as you with your pinata, but I like to think I’m a novice crafter. I enjoy making crafts with my daughters. Last weekend, we made some Fandango paper characters they show at the beginning of movies at Wehrenberg theaters. They didn’t turn out half bad.

  • Kory

    I am totally crafty and this gift set is on my Christmas wishlist. However, if I got it before Christmas, I could make some totally fun gifts and decorations to spread the Christmas spirit. My favorite crafts are all things paper. I could cover just about anything in pretty paper to make it special. I love quilling. I like making my own gift tags and boxes. If it will hold still, I will cover it in paper!

  • Kattie

    Hmm, I don’t consider myself crafty. However, I am always doing craft projects that usually surprise me in how they turn out. My latest projects have been a wreath, a decorated reusable trick or treat bag for my son, and a Halloween outfit for the pumpkin patch.

  • Sarah

    I am super crafty : ) I love making new things out of old, recycled things. You’d be amazed what you can make withwhat you already have in your house!

  • Kristine

    I try to be crafty, but it doesn’t always work out, I do fondant cakes, chocolates, and scrapbooking 🙂

  • Jeanette

    I do all kinds of crafts especially Scrapbooking.

  • Tania Simpson

    I am a very crafty person! I love to make gifts for my family, especially ones that my 5 year old son can help with. Every fall I scour the internet and library looking for new ideas for gifts to make and give. I also have made pinatas, but I really enjoy making paper mache piggy banks to give away at baby showers. I make them out of a normal balloon and cut up paper towel rolls for the feet and nose. I then attach a little sign around the neck that says, ‘college fund.’

  • lisa piq

    iam crafty love to paint,create

  • Jessica

    The Pinata turned out so cute 🙂 I am crafty and creative – one thing I like to make is “candy bouquets” for friends and family

  • Mary C

    I wouldn’t say I’m crafty, but I like to try!

  • I try to be crafty. I like making mostly home decor type items, and occasionally I knit, but only the most basic items.

  • Bunky

    I love your pinata! I am super crafty. Seven years ago, I made a pinata out of desperation for my child’s first birthday. He was in love with ducks and I couldn’t find a duck pinata anywhere. I used paper mache around a balloon (popped the balloon once the paper was hard) and added a head, bill and wings. I also fringed tissue paper to decorate. It was so much fun but I used too many layers of paper mache so the kids had lots of extra turns hitting it. Awesome memories! Making anything for and with your children enriches their lives! I hope you win!!!!

  • Teri

    I really want to be crafty, but I’m not really very good.

  • carrie

    I’m crafty but don’t have the time for it with little ones.

  • Christy L

    Not a crafty bone in my body, but my youngest daughter is very crafty!

  • Michele

    I have tried lots of things, but have not yet found my “gift” in the craft department:-)

  • Cynthia

    Not crafty. But enjoy trying.

  • Robin

    I LOVE to craft! My closets are full of unfinished projects…sewing, paper crafts, refurb, holidays, you name it.

  • Heather

    I am crafty. I love almost all kinds of crafts except knitting. I like to go to to get ideas (not affiliated with that website, I just Love It!!)

  • Connie

    Not at all crafty but I am trying to learn!

  • Rachel

    I am pretty crafty. The only problem is that with 3 little ones I don’t get much finished anymore!

  • Stephanie

    I have discovered that I am more crafty than I thought I was after becoming a mother! I definitely try more crafty things because I want to make things for my kids and/or do things with them. I love to scrapbook, cross-stitch, make other paper crafts and more!

  • Amanda

    I am crafty. I like to sew and do paper crafts!

  • chrsitie johnston

    i am a little crafty,i make jewelry and starting t make ornaments for christmas!

  • Kayla

    I try to be crafty but it never works!

  • VIckie Jones

    I am a non artisticlly gifted crafty person.

  • Kelly

    I love to scrapbook. I know my children will appreciate them someday:)

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  • jamie stanley

    I like to build things fo my kids!

  • jim glass

    Small crafts with the grandkids is always nice.

  • Shannon O

    People tell me I am crafty. I have tried my hand at lots of things over the years. My favorite is crocheting I think.

  • Patty

    great job on the pinata! I like to make homemade cards. That about as crafty as I get! 🙂

  • Nic

    Your pinata is precious. Such a lucky little girl. I try very hard to be crafty but lack any real talent at any of it. That doesn’t stop me from making large messes though. Plus every now and then something turns out worth keeping.

  • Tiffany

    I am crafty in that I can follow others’ directions to make stuff. Not so crafty in coming up with my own ideas and ways to do things!

  • Jen

    What a cute Pinata! I like to stamp, scrapbook, sew, and other random crafty things!

  • Margaret

    I’m not crafty at all, but I’d like to be!

  • maureen

    I do decorative painting and general crafts of all sorts.

  • Rebecca

    I am crafty. I enjoy crocheting, cross stitching and scrapbooking.

  • Terry

    I’m about half crafty. I like to scrapbook.

  • Kindra

    I like to be crafty… especially with homemade cards.

  • Bethanny

    I am learning to be crafty. I have started making candle holders!

  • Tara M

    I am not a very crafty person, but with these free tools I certainly could be!

  • sarah

    Love to make greeting cards!

  • I am a crafty person. Mostly I sew, but I also make other decorations for the house, like wreaths, and holiday decorations.

  • Nancy

    I am very “crafty” in that I shamelessly borrow other people’s ideas. I love to tryt ideas that other people suggest. I’m just not brave to think up my own ideas.

  • Emily

    I love to scrapbook! It fills me up with so much pride to preserve my family’s precious memories! I also love crafts to do with my daughter!

  • Pam

    I like to stamp and sew. Baking is also fun for me – making gifts to give to others.

  • Couponbellastad

    I enjoy counted cross stitch and cookie decorating.

  • Sharon

    I like to scrapbook.

  • Dinah

    I like to make greeting cards

  • Marcie

    I love to scrapbook

  • I’m pretty crafty. I like to buy clearance rack clothes that may not fit and alter it just a little so it works for me! Cheap clothes that fit!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • Carol

    Love to make homemade holiday cards

  • Norah

    I am crafty and I love knitting and hand sewing penny rugs!

  • Noel

    That pinata is awesome, I’m not crafty at all!

  • Beth

    Definitely love to create baby books for the grandkids

  • Angela

    I definately am not naturally crafty, but I can follow directions so I do okay. I really try to be though. I just can’t spontaneously come up with cute stuff on my own. Your pinata is adorable by the way. I’ll definately be making a homemade pinata for my son’s 2nd bday in Feb.

  • Sarah B

    I like to think of myself as crafty. I like scrapbooking and cardmaking, plus any sort of crafts to do with/for the kids. We made play dough the other day 🙂

  • Emily

    I am crafty – I just (a second ago) finished beading a necklace for myself. I enjoy paper crafts as well.

  • This is awesome! This is the first place I’ve seen how to make your own pinata. Really neat stuff. My craftiness stinks so I’ll be the first to say I’m not worthy of the prize, but just wanted to let you know it’s posts like these that are super unique and fun. I do like carving pumpkins!

  • Lucy

    I really enjoy scrapbooking

  • Will

    I’m not crafty, but my wife is amazing, she can make handmade jewelry!

  • MB

    I make bead necklaces with my girls, they are so unique and pretty and it’s fun spending time with them…that pinata is awesome!

  • TamiV

    I’ve made lots of things over the years! Decorated cakes,ceramics.made cigar box purses and numerous other things! I enjoy seeing something and then trying to make it!

  • Karen

    I scrapbook and sew, but I am not very good so I don’t consider myself very crafty.

  • I think I am pretty crafty. I like to sew and of course have arts and crafts with my daughter.

  • angie

    i am not crafty, but i use lots of books to help me w/ homeschooling it.

  • Monica

    I am a crafty person. I love to crochet, scrapbook, and keep little ones busy in our Sabbath school with differnt Bible crafts.

  • Sara

    I love doing crafts! I’m a big knitter right now, but also do many other crafts.

  • Sarah Hartwig

    I try to be crafty but time seems to get in the way.

  • andrea

    I try to be crafty, we like to make holiday decorations with the kids…right now we are working on spooky things!

  • Karina

    I’m a little bit crafty!

  • Amy

    I usually consider myself to be crafty–I cross-stitch, make greeting cards, scrapbook, and do home decoration projects.

  • conna smith

    I can be crafty at times.

  • kristine

    i am not as crafty as i wish i was, but try for the sake of my 2 and 3 year olds!

  • Robin D

    I like to sew and quilt!

  • Judy

    I am getting craftier now that I am a SAHM. My next projects are flower headbands and stretchy scarves to be given as presents for xmas.

  • Brittany

    Very cute piñata!
    I’m very crafty. My favorite is probably scrapbooking (I have an entire scrapbooking room), but I love just about any type of crafting.

  • Bonnie

    I am more crafty now that I have kids. I do a lot of scrapbooking.

  • I make my own jewelry! It saves a ton of money, especially when you just want something for one outfit. 🙂 I don’t have to run out and try to compare colors, I can usually throw something together.

    I also do a little knitting and crocheting, scrapbooking and various other crafts. Jack of all trades, master of none!

  • lori

    I am not very crafty but with the right tools I just might become a little better at it.

  • AngieJ

    Love the pinata!
    My sister got all the crafty genes. We can be doing the same craft and hers always turns out better than mine. I can sew, just don’t ask me to do a button hole.

  • Pam

    Oooh, nice pinata!! I am a pretty crafty person with scrapbooking and such, but I’m looking to get better at knitting/crocheting (what with the holidays coming up and all!).

  • Doris

    I like to think Im crafty, but don’t get around to making stuff cuz Im busy with a FT job and 2 little ones.

  • Maria

    I consider myself crafty… My favorite craft is scrapbooking… and I miss doing it… couldn’t find time to do it since baby #2 came.

  • Michelle

    Oh, I am crafty! I like to make cards and banners for friends and family.

  • Jenna

    I am sooo not crafty, but I love to try!

  • Kt I.

    First of all congrats on the pinata, it turned out great! I am very crafty. I love to paint and spend a lot of time scrapbooking for my two girls.

  • Bugmagnt

    Love the pinata! I am crafty — got it from my mom and grandma.. primarily painting, sewing, making wreaths and jewelry making, but I do love paper crafts too!

  • Mike

    I am crafty around the house and do my own fix-it jobs.

  • Shannon V

    I am not very crafty but I still keep trying.

  • Kristel

    I’m not very crafty but I do like to sew.

  • i love everything crafty!

  • Karen Dorris

    I am pretty crafty…………….my grandkids always want to know what I have for them to glue or glitter when they come to visit. They have come to expect it and I really enjoy it!

  • Cathy

    When I grow up, I want to be Crafty…. Right now I’m working on it. Love to make cards, home decor items and scrapbooks… Whether I’m crafty or not… I love to create!

  • Carrie P.

    I miss elementary school art class, and can’t wait until my 1yo. son gets to the age we can start coloring, cutting, and creating things w/fuzzy pipecleaners! I knit for now, and make envelopes out of any kind of paper that looks inviting (newspaper, magazine ads, old calendar pictures, etc.) and when I’m not creating, I’m imagining as I flip through crafty books and blogs!

  • Amanda

    I’m crafty!! I love sewing, making flower arrangements, embroidery, cake decorating, paper crafts(invites, birthday cards) and I’ve made my own pinata!!

  • Maren Lee

    I am not very crafty but I am try to learn.

    Thank you!

  • Kari

    I’m not crafty at all. However, my 7 year old is and he LOVES making things. You make this look easy enough, I may just have to try it! Thanks!

  • Sandy Treece

    So adorable! I like making wreaths, gift bags, wrapping paper, scrap booking. Time is my only obstacle!

  • Christina Greiner

    I try to scrapbook when I get a chance.

  • Beth

    I am crafty I love to sew and scrapbook, but mostly I love to help my kids, and my in-home day care kids make fun Kids Crafts! Our current favorite it pop-up pictures. The imaginations of kids never stops amazing me!

  • Luana

    I love to scrapbook with my daughter. She is so artistic. I also love to work with beads.

  • Ana

    I am trying to be crafty, this year I have tried to learn to sew and scrapbook.


    love to win for my child class

  • Jessica

    I LOVE many different crafts… I am a photographer and practice on my kids almost daily! I also love to scrapbook, make homemade cards, make jewelery from beads etc. I also custom design and create little girl tutus, hair barrettes, clips and butterfly wings and wands. I just started sewing and made a mannequin from duct tape (and used my mom) LOL. It turned out great! I am all into saving money and would SOOOO put to use all the goodies being offered!

  • Ui

    Good job on the pinata! I guess I’m pretty crafty. Most of the time it’s out of necessity. I’ve tried just about everything, but really enjoy recycling old things, or crafting using very little money. If I can turn it into a money making venture, wonderful, but most of the time, it’s just for the joy of creating and giving to someone I care about. Thanks for the offer.

  • ruth tacoma

    Yep, I’m a crafter. Mostly I scrapbook and make cards, but I dabble in a lot of other crafts too.

  • Sue D

    Very cute pinata! Yes I am very crafty and have tried many crafts. The one I do the most now is card making for our church card ministry. I also do some scrapbooking and simple knitting. I make a variety of gifts for kids to buy their families at school craft shows in December.

  • Florence

    Really like to make things, especailly with paper. The internet has so much to offer for new projects. Have been making gift bags and present decorations from newspaper and old gift wrap.

  • Sue

    I make Christmas ornaments each year to give as gifts. I, also, like to embroider.

  • I’m a little crafty (scrapbooking) when the mood strikes

  • Stephanie

    I love to make crafts. I get my ideas from the magizine, Family Circle and my husband. The husband has great ideas! He makes me crafty!

  • Valerie

    I don’t have a crafty bone in my body, lol.

  • Carrie Smart

    I am crafty and love making crafts with my 3 year old daughter.

  • Reagan

    Great pinata!! But no, I’m not crafty….though I wish I were!! I’m more of a baker. 😉

  • Chelsea

    I love the pinata! I used to make the when I was a kid, and my brother and sister and I would stuff them and have a great time! I’m still crafting, I like to crochet, and sew. I make a new flag to fly at the beach house on vacation each year. This past year it was a big smiling crab.

  • Melody

    I’m not crafty but I wish I was. Maybe making this pinata would be a good start! Thank you.

  • Angela Vogelman

    I hope I am doing this right—

    I was not really crafty until I became a teen Librarian but the kids love to do stuff so I am always looking for simple, fun things for them to do during our programs–They love it when they can take something home

    Would love to win one of your craft sets–let me know! Thanks

    Angie Vogelman
    Newton Public Library
    720 Oak Street
    Newton, Kansas 67114

  • Loretta

    I love scrapbooking!

  • Catherine

    What a fantastic pinata! I’m sure your little girl will love it!

    I enjoy sewing, needlework, and a little beadwork – still learning on that one!

  • Kyallee

    I am definitely crafty, and making pinatas for birthdays is a tradition here! I also enjoy scrapbooking, card making, crochet, cross stitch and beadwork.

  • Loraleigh Anderson

    I’m kind of crafty. I scrapbook and do a lot of DIY projects.

  • When I make time for crafts, I’m pretty good with them. I sew and do needlework (embroidery, needlepoint), and I like helping with glued projects (dioramas).

  • Sunnie

    Iam pretty crafty , I used to color alot when I was younger, like a teenager. Now I do stuff with my girls.

  • Camiele

    Crafty? I think not. But I do try!

  • Milian O

    I try to be crafty. I’ve tried making my daughters birthday favors (glitter crowns), though it wasn’t as successful as I would have like. Although the girls loved it.

  • I don’t consider myself crafty. your pinata looks great!!

  • Vanessa

    Your pinata is so cute!!! I am a pretty crafty person, but I need serious inspiration before doing anything. I’m not good with a needle and thread, or yarn and big needles … just really good at creating things in my head that I can make with some hot glue, paint, glitter, cotton balls … or anything else I find around the house really. Makes for some interesting one of a kind holiday decorations! 🙂

  • Julissa

    I love to craft. I always make the candy bags for my kids b-day parties to go along with the theme.

  • katklaw777

    I am crafty…I luv to make jewelry for myself, family and friends.
    I was a Girl Scout leader for several years and always came up with lots of neat crafts.
    Great giveaway, thanks.

  • Angie

    Really cute project! I’m sure your little girl really enjoyed it!

    I consider myself to be very crafty. I have a degree in art, so it kind of goes hand-in-hand

  • Carol K

    I l0ve to scrapbook. I have tried many crafts, including needlepoint, knitting, wreath-making, fabric decorated photo albums and frames, and much more!

  • Tina M

    I like to scrapbook!!

  • laurie

    i try to be crafty but it doesn’t usually work out for me! pinata looks great. 🙂

  • AC

    I would like to be crafty but just not meant to be. You did a great job 🙂

  • HappyMomC

    I’m crafty, I like to crochet

  • Alison

    I am crafty! I especially love scrapbooking.

  • debbiek

    I love all types of crafts. 🙂

  • Melissa

    I love to scrapbook!

  • very cute pinata! Unfortunately, I am not a very crafty individual but lucky for me, my 8 yr old loves crafts.

  • Jami

    Yes, I am! Beading is my favorite, but I love all crafts!

  • Amazing. I will be attempting this project for my son’s bday. Thanks for sharing.

  • Whoa! That is incredible. Great job making that Pinata!