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Paper Bag Piñata

Paper Bag Pinata

Paper Bag Pinata

With warmer weather (cross your fingers) brings the plans of outside parties!  A favorite among kids is the pinata.  You can find them hanging from the backyard tree (or what have you- I’ve seen hockey sticks several times).  Children love them, and why wouldn’t they?  The piñata is a Mexican art/craft that is festive, bright and detailed.  Inside of them are candies/treats/favors that pour out once the piñata has been cracked open!

My issue with these party items are:

1) I”m yet to see a pinata that can be cracked open at a child’s party. I’ve seen cousins, dad and uncles open them, but never a birthday child. I don’t know if I ever will. Pinatas are quite study and well made, It takes a great deal of strength to actually open it!

2) Pinatas are so attractive! Fairies, butterflies, pirate ships and puppy dogs, etc are all fair game in the piñata world. Why would a child want to break open such a lovely item? More than once have I seen a child cry as their piñata was hit over and over again!

3) Pinatas can cost about $20 (unfilled) or more! That a pretty big price tag for something that’s going to be smashed!

You, and your child, still love the piñata tradition?…NO WORRIES! I have seen the most smack-able, decorative, kid made and inexpensive pinatas all over the web!

I introduce to you: the paper bag pinata!

Do yourself and your child a favor this birthday…make your piñata. Trust me from my birthday party experience!

What do you think of this idea? I’d love to hear your thoughts!?

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Cindy Despins is the founder of  As a stay at home mother of 2, she loves to provide her children with opportunities to play, be creative and learn.  She loves to share these ideas with other children and help parents out with her birthday party packages.

(The piñata in the photo was made by Jody’s daughter Kate at a friends birthday party)

Debbie White Beattie

Sunday 17th of December 2017

I've never thought of making a pinata but it's a great idea and you I like that you get to put what you want in it

Christy Martin

Thursday 24th of April 2014

This would be so much easier with the little ones that don't weigh enough to wack a store bought one open! Such a good idea and I have birthday party coming up soon!

George M

Thursday 8th of August 2013

Great craft for upcoming party.

sarah j jackson

Friday 26th of July 2013

very neat idea , best for the lil ones that can probably manage to whack a paper bag open , will have to try this at my lil girls 4th birthday !


Friday 5th of April 2013

Very cool idea! I have never really thought of MAKING a pinata before.. Thanks for the tip~


Saturday 6th of April 2013

You are so welcome. I just tend to find it painful to watch the whole pinata experience when it doesn't work!:)