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DIY Pinata for a Fourth of July Party

Pinatas are the ultimate party activity and grab bag in one - make your own patriotic pinata for your 4th of July party with this exciting how-to.

Piñatas are a seriously fun addition to any party, and you can make your own star-shaped piñata for your Independence Day celebration. The red, white, and blue striped fringe piece will look great hanging there as a decoration until you’re ready to unleash the sugar-crazed kids with swinging bats!

Children will love it, and I’m sure there are some adults who wouldn’t mind taking a swing too. Be sure to prepare enough goody bags for all the guests to participate in this timeless activity.

  • Large pieces of cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Large metal ruler
  • Tape (masking, packaging, or duct)
  • String
  • Red, white, and blue crepe paper streamers
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s glue

Step 1: On a large piece of cardboard, sketch out the shape of a star so that it is fairly even and symmetrical.

Step 2: Once you are satisfied with the shape, use a box cutter to cut it out. Then, trace that shape onto another piece of cardboard and cut it out. You now have your front and back pieces.

Step 3: To form the sides of the piñata, cut 4” strips of cardboard. Trim the strips to fit the length of each point.

Step 4: Use tape to attach the side panels to the back piece, building up a star-shaped box.

Step 5: At the top point of the star will be a door for filling it with candy, as well as a string for hanging the piñata. At the top of one piece, glue a loop of braided string. On the other piece, glue a small loop of cardboard, and then bend the panel at 3 or 4 inches from the top. Once assembled, you’ll be able to pull back the door to fill the piñata with candy.

To hang the piñata, first feed the string through the loop on the door panel, to keep the panel closed securely.

Step 6: Finish making the shape by taping the front star piece on top.

Step 7: Red, white, and blue crepe paper fringe will cover the surface, so cut fringe into the crepe paper streamers. To save time, fold and cut through multiple layers of streamer at once.

Step 8: Then, use Elmer’s glue to attach the fringe in rows of two, starting at the bottom and working upwards. Be sure to wrap the fringe around the sides to the back panel as well.

For more paper décor ideas for July 4th celebrations, see the Rosette Wall Hanging, Painted Paper Tableware, Confetti Cupcake Toppers, and a Patterned Floral Centerpiece!

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