Every other year my kids have a big birthday party with all their friends at the place of their choosing. On the off years, we have a smaller family birthday celebration. However, I still like to plan a few fun festivities on their birthday and who doesn't LOVE a pinata???
Store bought pinatas cost around $20. However, you can make your own for pennies using material you most likely already have. Here is how:
Empty cereal box (any cereal box will work. I chose a double box of Cheerios. The cardboard was nice and sturdy).
streamer paper for decorating (optional)
(1) Fill your cereal box with your pinata goodies (candy, small toys, etc). Close the box using the tabs. You don't want to close the top too securely, because upside will be downside and this will be the bottom of your pinata and you want it to eventually open when it is hit.
(2) Wrap your cereal box with wrapping paper. Again, when wrapping over the open end (i.e. now your bottom) secure it with only a few small pieces of tape so it will eventually open.
(3) Using a screw driver poke a hole on 2 sides of the top of the pinata (the closed end). Thread a piece of landscaping wire in one hole and out the other. This is what you will use to hang your pinata. I made the hole on the side where the string was coming out a bit bigger so it was easy to thread it through.
UPDATE: I am happy to report the homemade pinata was a hit at our party. It took 19 hits from some very strong 6 - 8 year old children to crack it open.
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