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Pinata Tips and Tricks

Need a smashing hit for your next party? A piñata is the perfect activity! They are made in hundreds of shapes and sizes. Or you can make your own if you’ve got the gift of craftiness.

And in case you didn’t know, piñatas can be filled with anything small and unbreakable, so they aren’t just for kids! If you have safety concerns about swinging a stick, we’ll show you how to convert any traditional type into a pull-string version.

 

Piñatas and Fillers

Animals and popular characters are the common choices. But you can also “think outside the box” and choose generic shapes to match your theme. Or use a customizable piñata and add a printed image of your choice.

 


The Traditional Piñata

Grab a bat or a broomstick. Blindfold the kids. Spin them around a few times. And then let them swing, one at a time, until the piñata busts open and empties all the candy. Tip: a sheet or drop cloth below the piñata will help with cleanup.

 



The Pull String Piñata

A pull string piñata is great for the little ones. Each child gets to pull one string, but only one string will release the filler. Pull all the strings at once for very small children. Bonus: pull string piñatas remain mostly intact and can still be part of the decorations.

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Piñata Fillers

When it comes to fillings, candy is certainly not your only option. Steer clear of anything breakable or sharp. Otherwise, if it’s small enough to fit inside, it’s fair game for a prize. Be sure there are enough prizes inside, so everyone gets a fair share. Consider choosing prizes to match your theme.

 

  • Money
  • Spa supplies
  • Toy favors
  • Dollar store finds
  • Craft supplies
  • Play jewelry
  • Glow sticks

 


 


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Girls Piñata Ideas

Enhance her piñata with a ribbon wrapped broomstick that looks like a fairy wand. Or create a pull-string style with a rainbow of ribbons.

 


 


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Boys Piñata Ideas

Rough and tumble boys will love the chance to hit a piñata. Let them step up and take their best swing!

 


 



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Adult Piñata Ideas

Relive the childhood fun with a grown up twist. Instead of handing out favors for your party, fill a piñata with prizes that adults can appreciate. You can spend a little more per prize but fill it with fewer items. A quick Google search of adult piñatas will prove that they are definitely not all made for kids! Here are a few filler ideas for adults.

 

  • Plastic mini-bar bottles
  • Bottle openers
  • Personalized key chains
  • Gift cards
  • Thumb drives
  • Cologne & Perfume samples

 

 

 




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DIY Piñata

Animals and popular characters are the common choices. But you can also “think outside the box” and choose generic shapes to match your theme. Or use a customizable piñata and add a printed image of your choice.

 

How-To Make Your Own Piñatas

Here are some helpful tutorials on how to make your own piñata. Just remember, the work of art you produce will be smashed to pieces by the end of the party. So don’t get too attached!

 


 

 

Safety Tips

When it comes to fillings, candy is certainly not your only option. Steer clear of anything breakable or sharp. Otherwise, if it’s small enough to fit inside, it’s fair game for a prize. Be sure there are enough prizes inside, so everyone gets a fair share. Consider choosing prizes to match your theme.

 

  • Before the kids step up to bat, be sure to hang the piñata securely with a sturdy rope.
  • Only one person goes at a time.
  • Allow a safe distance from the piñata batting area.
  • If the children are very young, choose a pull string piñata.
  • A plastic wiffle ball bat might be the safest tool to smack a traditional piñata.
  • Turn the blindfolded hitter around 2 or 3 times. Then point them in the right direction, within hitting distance.
  • When the piñata opens, don’t let the kids rush for the spoils. Hand out favor bags and allow the children to slowly gather their prizes.
  • Limit the amount of prizes each child may choose (based on how many items are inside) so no feelings get hurt.

 


Q & A

Here are some answers to common piñata questions or concerns.

How much piñata filler do I need?

Refer to the size of the piñata before you purchase it to make sure it will hold enough candy for all of your guests. If you’re having a big party, you may need more than one.

 

  • A 16-28 inch piñata can hold up to 2 LBS of prizes or 100 pieces of candy filler, enough for 8-10 children.
  • A piñata larger than 34 inches can hold about 3 LBS of filler or 150 pieces of candy, enough for 12-15 children.

 

When should I use a pull-string piñata?

There are several situations where a pull-string piñata is more appropriate for your party.

 

  • To make it easier for children between ages 3 and 7 to open
  • If your party is indoors
  • For a larger crowd, a typical pull string has about 20 strings and would give everyone a chance to participate.
  • A shy group of children may prefer a pull-string.
  • For ease and the safety of any children attending the party with disabilities

 

What if my piñata won’t break?

There are a few easy tricks for this! In some cases, you may need to hit the piñata in just the right spot with just the right amount of force to break it open. This will normally be towards the bottom center of the piñata. If you try to hit it in the bottom center and prizes still won’t fall out, cut a small slot in the bottom center and then continue playing the game. A few small strategic cuts beforehand with an exacto blade will add extra break points.

 


Converting to a Pull String Piñata

For convenience try our Pull Ribbon Piñata Conversion Kit, which includes 20 cut ribbons, tissue paper, and instructions. Otherwise, most piñatas can be converted to a pull-string style using the following instructions:

 

  1. 1. Set the piñata down with the bottom facing up. Some oddly-shaped piñatas may require creativity in deciding where the pull flap should be placed.
  2. 2. On the bottom, use an Exacto or utility knife to make a 3-sided trap door with approximately 3- to 4-inch sides.
  3. 3. Use the point of the blade to make small slits through the cardboard on the flap, making enough slits for each ribbon that you plan to use (at least one for each guest).
  4. 4. Cut the appropriate number of ribbons. Ribbon length should correspond to the height at which you plan to hang the piñata.
  5. 5. Thread a ribbon through each slit and attach them in one of two ways:- Knot all of the ribbons together inside the flap. This allows all the children to pull the strings at the same time to open the piñata as a group.

    – Knot just one or two ribbons and leave the rest loose. This will allow each guest to select a ribbon to pull until someone finds the one that opens the flap.

  6. 6. Fill the piñata with candy and/or small prizes.
  7. 7. Close the flap and lightly seal it with a small piece of Scotch tape, using enough to hold the flap shut but not so much that you prevent the door from opening when someone pulls the knotted ribbon.
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