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Easy Pinata – Paper bags and Post-Its

| May 8, 2013 | 14 Comments

Easy Owl Pinata Craft - check out our monster too

I made the EASIEST PINATA ever at the weekend. I am sharing an Owl Pinata, a Monster Pinata and a Lion Pinata. All you really need are some Post-its from 3M and a brown paper bag. The Post-it Brand from 3M challenged me to decorate a ready made pinata (see our lion below) and I that gave me the idea of how simple it would be to make a Pinata from scratch – using a paper bag – i.e. our Owl Pinata and Monster Pinata.

UPDATE: Since these pinatas, we have also made a Sulley Pinata from Monsters Inc. He is adorable. Check him out!!!

Paper Bag Crafts

Materials: Paper bag, Post-it Brand from 3M, Paper & Glue (for embellishments), String (for hanging)

Easy Pinatas

1) Snip into your paper bag at the top opening to shape for ears. I folded the excess paper inside the bag – which also gives it a couple of extra layers for hanging later.

Quick DIY Pinata

2) Then take your 3M Post-its – cut them in half length wise and start your easy pinata at the bottom. I made an owl pinata on one side and a monster on the other, as couldn’t decide on which to do. The orange is for the owl’s feet. It isn’t too important to layer these neatly… Pinatas are not an exact science and a bit of disorder goes with the that Pinata feel.

If I made these for a party (rather than a challenge), I would then cover the back of the pinata in the appropriate coloured Post-its – blue for the owl, green for the monster.

Owl Pinata

3) For the Owl’s “stomach”, I cut a semi circle/ curve into my square Post-it. Then added some layers and blue “feathers” all around my Owl Pinata. When I got to the ears, I tucked the post it round the triangle to shape. You can always use a little glue stick to secure. Then cut an orange Post-it beak and some large eyes from odinary paper. Layer a second circle and add pupils. I also stuck three square posts down the side of the owl to represent wings.

The front of your owl is done. Wasn’t that an easy pinata craft?

Easy Monster Pinata

4) Similarly the Monster! He got orange feet (like the owl) and a black paper mouth with white teeth stuck on. This time the 3 green square Post-its (lined up with the Owl’s wings on the other side) made for the Monster’s arms.

5) Fill with treats, stuff a little with bubble wrap to give shape. Cut some slits at the bottom to assist the “breaking” when hitting with a stick” and hang!

Quick Monster Pinata - see the owl we made too

On to the Post-it Brand from 3M challenge of embellishing an existing Pinata (check out Post it UK on Facebook for more Post-it fun!) – and the LION! ROAR!

Lion PinataSee how we made it here.. and even better (half way through the video) see quite how excited the kids where at having a go at the Pinata! We are going to “patch it up” again and use it at a friend’s Birthday Party this weekend.

Happy Easy Pinata Craft making!!

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  1. You are a genius, my friend! I have spent hours- even days making pinatas! What a great idea!

    • Red Ted Art says:

      I know, I have made a paper mache one before… and this was just SO MUCH QUICKER! And just as pretty I think!

  2. katepickle says:

    Oh that is such a cool way to make a pinata! One of my twins is mad about Owls right now so I am pretty sure she is going to want one of these for her birthday!

  3. Sian says:

    Brilliant! we’ve loads of birthdays coming up : )

  4. PragmaticMom says:

    That’s really cute!

  5. Hi This is brilliant! I have so many post it notes. Never thought they could be so useful. I once saw a pinata made by cup cake cases, but it used glue and would be more messy. This is definitely on my to make list. Thanks for sharing

  6. Sarah Lynn says:

    What a great idea! I’ve only done paper mache once, but this looks way easier and less messy! The pinata is adorable! I’d love for you to share this on my blog link party, Sweet Tooth Tuesdays. It’s not just for recipes, but also DIY projects and crafts.

  7. fabulous project, hope the sponsors love it too! thanks for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

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