Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Christmas Piñata

Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Christmas Piñata

Tara Bellucci
Nov 27, 2013
(Image credit: Todd Hafermann)
Maker: Confetti Pop
Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 1.5 hours
Project Cost: $10
(Image credit: Todd Hafermann)

Decorations that you can destroy for candy? Sign us up. Everyone, adults and kids included, at your holiday soiree will admire and then beat up these charming mini tree piñatas. Here's how to make them:


  • Cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Our template
  • Lime crepe streamers
  • White tissue or crepe paper
  • Mylar
  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • Masking tape
  • Transparent tape
  • Confetti
  • Candy


  1. Print and cut out our Christmas tree template. Trace the template two times onto the unprinted side of a flattened cardboard box. Cut the tree shapes out and paint them white so that the slightly transparent crêpe streamers do not look tinted brown.
  2. Cut long, 1" wide strips of cardboard and crush the fluting so the cardboard becomes more flexible. Paint the strips and set aside.
  3. When dry, match up two tree cutouts with the white painted sides facing out. Trim any cardboard that overhangs from its mate so that the two pieces are truly identical.
  4. Wrap a cardboard strip around the edge of one tree cutout so that the entire strip sits on top of the cutout rather than flush with it. As you go, use masking tape to secure the strip in place. If you need to use more than one strip, end the first strip on an angle, like the point at the top of the tree, so you can easily add masking tape for stability. Don't seal the bottom edge of the trunk with the cardboard strip. Keep it open to insert candy later.
  5. Attach the other tree piece to the piñata favor, securing it with masking tape the same way you did with the first piece.
  6. Fringe long strips of crepe streamer and Mylar on one side. Apply the Mylar to the trunk area with a strip of transparent tape, then the colored crepe to the tree. When you reach the edges of the piñata, trim the fringed streamers close to the edge and tape the excess over and around onto the sides. Continue until the entire tree is covered, hiding the tape on the top layer by doubling it over under the top layer of crepe paper. Then repeat on the other side.
  7. Use small strips of fringed crêpe and mylar to cover the sides, once again starting from the bottom and working your way up. As you did on the front and back of the piñata, hide the tape on the last layer by doubling over the tape and pressing down.
  8. Fill the piñata with confetti and candy. Tie one end of a piece of ribbon or twine to a piece of candy.
  9. Put the candy and one end of the string inside the piñata. Seal the opening of the trunk with two overlapping small pieces of white crepe or tissue paper. Leave the end of the string outside the piñata through a small slit cut into the white crepe paper.
(Image credit: Todd Hafermann)

Thanks to Confetti Pop for sharing the Christmas Piñata gift idea. See more creative projects at Confetti Pop's Christmas "Craftmas" Series.

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