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cinco de mayo mini piñatas

May 3, 2014

Are you gearing up to have some Cinco de Mayo fun on Monday?  Even the classrooms at my kids’ daycare are getting ready to celebrate with a Mexican themed feast.  If you are having a big fiesta and are looking for ideas, or even looking for a fun little craft to commemorate the day, check out these mini piñatas!


I made these for the weeknight, Cinco de Mayo fiesta I hosted a couple of weeks ago.  You can check out the details of the shindig on the post at Somewhat Simple that I shared earlier this week.

This might be a fun favor for a classroom, or even just a fun Mexican-themed craft to do with the kids.

You’ll need:

  • water balloons
  • paper mâché mixture (flour and water until a glue-like consistency)
  • torn bits of newspaper
  • colored tissue paper
  • Elmer’s glue
  • candy or little prizes

Blow up the balloons just to the size of a tennis ball…maybe even smaller if you’d like.


Working one piece of paper at a time, dip the paper in the paper mâché mix and shape around the balloon until all but the area around the tie is covered.  Set on a baking sheet to dry.


Once the shells are dried, pop the balloon.  Wrap strips of fringed tissue paper around the paper mâché shell, glueing with your Elmer’s, until you reach the opening at the top.


Fill the shell with your treats.  Cover the hole with more tissue paper.  Then just allow the whole thing to dry.


There you have a fun and festive mini piñata to celebrate the day with.



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  • Reply Amy W May 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    So very fun.

  • Reply Linda May 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Nice, Anne. I love them. I might have to make some. :)

  • Reply Jan July 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

    What fun to give each guest a pinata at a birthday party instead of all that whacking and scrambling for candy, when someone usually gets more than their share and the little ones get nothing. Glue on a name tag and fill each with age appropriate treats for each guest… i.e. no choking hazards for the little ones.

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