Here’s an easy and cheap idea for a Piñata using any sort of cereal box. I made a robot but you could make just about anything, an animal, a fairy, a car, you could even just print off a picture of something and use that!

Things you will need:

  • Thin cardboard boxes/box (I used a cereal box and a tissue box)
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Ribbon or string
  • Coloured card and paper Stiff card
  • flexible plastic lid (I used the lid from chocolate spread) – this needs to be bigger than the hole you cut in step 6
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Glue gun Pens
  • Bottle lids
  • Cardboard etc. for decorating
  • Treats – these will fall to the ground so it may be best to choose food items that are wrapped, or small toys that aren’t delicate.


  1. Using the glue stick and coloured card or tinfoil depending on what you are making, cover the boxes.  As I 1932030_10152316149768933_146786540_nmade a robot I used tinfoil.
  2. Cover cardboard rolls with card/tinfoil, cut some hands out of card and stick to the end of the cardboard rolls.
  3. Make some legs, I used folded card but you can use whatever you like.
  4. Decorate the body and the head of your Piñata.
  5. Stick arms to the side of the body using glue gun. 1960435_10152316149778933_319226983_n
  6. Cut a square hole in the top side of the body box big enough to fit your treats but not too big.
  7. Cut a hole in the middle of the bottom side of the head box, and punch a hole in the top.
  8. Punch a hole in the flexible lid or cardboard and poke ribbon through. Tie in a large knot that can’t be pulled back . Squeeze gently and poke through hole in body making sure to keep hold of the ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the head.
  9. Lastly stick the legs on the bottom.

Tie the Piñata so that it is just tall enough for the kids to reach it with a broomstick or something similar.  The idea is for each child at a party have a turn (sometimes blindfolded) at hitting the pinata, awaiting the eventual ‘drop’ of all the treats!  Have fun!

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