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Paper Bag Pinatas


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Kick your party up a notch on the “fun meter” with these simple paper bag pinatas!

a paper bag pinata made with blue, green, yellow, orange, purple and red paper

No more hard feelings when your 3 year old can’t break the big kid pinata – this paper bag version is sure to make even your smallest party guests smile! We’ve been making these paper bag pinatas for several years now. You can decorate them to fit any holiday or celebration simply by changing the colors of the tissue paper. We even had a group of 9 year old boys make their own for cub scouts and they thought it was so fun!

I made a video showing the simple process – take a look:

…and here is the written tutorial:

Paper Bag Pinata Supplies 

  • paper lunch sacks, 1 per child
  • magazine/ newspaper pages
  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • glue or tape
  • yarn or twine
  • hole punch
  • candy, of course 🙂
  • stapler, optional

a colorful pinata made out of a paper bag sitting on a wooden table

How To Make A Paper Bag Pinata

  1. Fill the paper bag with as much candy as you’d like – I usually do a handful or 2. Don’t do it too full or it will be too heavy to hang.
  2. Crinkle the magazine papers to fill the bag the rest of the way.
  3. Fold over the top of the bag and secure with a piece of tape or staple shut.
  4. Cut the tissue paper into strips that are long enough to wrap around the paper bag.
  5. Cut fringe along a long the edges of the tissue paper strips by cutting slits half way up your tissue paper, every inch or so.
  6. Using glue or tape, secure a piece of fringed tissue paper around the bag. The tissue paper should slightly hang over the bottom of the bag.
  7. Repeat with another strip of fringed tissue paper, overlapping the previous strip just slightly. Continue until your entire bag is covered.
  8. Punch two holes at the top, one on each end.
  9. Cut a piece of yarn a few feet long and thread it through one hole on your pinata, securing it with a knot. Secure the other side of the yarn to the other side of the bag.
  10. Cut several more 1-inch strips of tissue paper, about 4- 6 inches long. Tape them to the bottom of the pinata.

Hang and have fun!!!

So easy and fun… and what kid doesn’t like a pinata?

a hand holding a mini pinata that was made with a brown paper bag and colorful construction paper. The words paper bag pinata are written at the top of the image.

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in August 2009.

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