Friday, May 10, 2013

Individual Party Pinatas

When I found out my niece was celebrating her birthday on Cinco de Mayo this year (and that we would be indulging on some wonderful Mexican food by Moe's), I thought it would be cute to make little, individual pinatas for all of the kids.  I took the idea from Pinterest, but used what I had on hand to make them. **Note: Maybe if I had made them as they were on Pinterest, they would have worked.  Unfortunately, when the kids pulled the ribbons, nothing happened.  BUT, instead, they got to throw them on the ground and watch them explode...which happened to be more fun for them!

Here's what you need:
empty toilet paper rolls (I used paper towel rolls that I cut into thirds)
streamers (I used blue and red)
tissue paper
glue or Mod Podge
sponge brush
small candy or toys

I started by attaching a piece of ribbon to either side of the top of the toilet paper rolls. This is the ribbon the pinatas will be hanging from, so cut it to the length that you would want them.
I then cut small squares (big enough to cover the bottom of the roll), and cut a tiny slit in the middle for the ribbon.

I put the end of a piece of ribbon through the slit, and taped it on the inside. (Possibly if I had taped on both sides or just on the outside the ribbon would have worked when pulled?)

I then glued the square to the opposite end of the roll from where the ribbon was glued.

With the streamers, I cut them to the length of fitting around the tube.  I then cut the edges to make it fringed.

Then, I glued each piece of streamer to the roll, alternating colors. 

When the glue dried, I filled the rolls with small pieces of candy (tootsie rolls, lollipops, etc) making sure to not add too much weight that would break the tissue paper.

To finish them off, I glued another solid square of tissue paper to cover the top of the roll.

And that is all!  Although they did not work as they were intended to, my niece told me she enjoyed throwing it on the ground, and all the kids certainly enjoyed the candy that spilled out!  And I thought they made for a cute decoration!


  1. They were darling B...thanks for making them!

  2. Argh! I just realized you posted these on here! They were so fun - thank you so much for making them!