We’ve got the Cinco de Mayo fever around here so we’re taking this party south of the border. Here is a simple mini pinata that you can make with your kids (or as a party favor). Whip it up in minutes. No paper mache required!

1. Take two white paper cone cups and cut off the tips. For the top cone: loop a piece of ribbon over and tie a knot with the ends. Push through the hole. For the bottom cone: knot two ribbons together and push the loose ends through the hole.

2. Fill the cones with candies, party poppers, and a mustache. Carefully hot glue the cones together.

3. Decorate the pinata with some tissue garland from Sweet Lulu in festive colors and attach with hot glue (or make this yourself by fringing crepe paper streamers). We added a scrapbooking embellishment from American Crafts to the front. (The adorable background papers are also from American Crafts, generously donated.)


Photos ©One Charming Party.


  1. These are super cute!!

    Karen ~ lillybelle Custom Designs    Friday, April 29, 2011
  2. What a FUN idea! These are great! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    Jen ~ Passion-for-Parties.com    Friday, April 29, 2011

    Lisa Morris    Friday, April 29, 2011
  4. these are so super cute & fun!

    susan@pocacosa    Friday, April 29, 2011
  5. These are Charmingly Fab!

    Signature Style    Friday, April 29, 2011
  6. I LOVE this idea–so super cute! Defin. going to make them……….

    Thank you for sharing,


    Debra    Friday, April 29, 2011
  7. So adorable!

    Kim - The TomKat Studio    Friday, April 29, 2011
  8. Simple and darling–my favorite things. Love this!My daughter loves pinatas and this is so doable. Thanks for the great idea.

    Kim M.    Friday, April 29, 2011
  9. I LOVE this idea…. so cute and looks easy to make!!!!!

    Maryann    Friday, April 29, 2011
  10. I just love anything miniature and these are too cute!

    Heather from Snacktive    Friday, April 29, 2011
  11. Again?!?! Again you are killing me with your cuteness! I think you guys are completely in your own league of creativity. No, I know you are! :)

    keecam    Friday, April 29, 2011
  12. I just found your blog via Sweet Paul. I LOVE THESE!!! So simple and adorable and fresh! Great job!!

    Lauren    Friday, April 29, 2011
  13. :) Just passed along the One Lovely Blog Award to you!


    Dani Marie    Friday, April 29, 2011
  14. You can BUY tissue paper fringe? I had no idea! (Although I’m way too DIY to buy any…)

    r8chel    Friday, April 29, 2011
  15. Finally, a pinata for the rest of us! This is vibrant and creative and clean, great idea. -LL

    Loralee Lewis    Saturday, April 30, 2011
  16. Soooo cute! I think I’ll personalize these to my son’s upcoming monster theme party ;) Thanks for sharing! We would ♥ for you to show this off at our link party!

    Lolly Jane

    Lolly Jane    Saturday, April 30, 2011
  17. Super Cute!!!

    Natasja    Saturday, April 30, 2011
  18. Super cute! And so easy. It would be a fun school craft too.

    kimber    Saturday, April 30, 2011
  19. um, brilliant.

    jami nato    Sunday, May 1, 2011
  20. Love it! Thanks for sharing, Stephie x

    Stephie    Sunday, May 1, 2011
  21. I’ve never seen this before! They’re adorable!
    The Pretty Packages Party is going on now. I’d love for you to stop by and share these adorable mini pinatas!



    Jami    Sunday, May 1, 2011
  22. This idea is really clever and could be used on lots of occasions! Great job!

    Susan Huber    Sunday, May 1, 2011
  23. I gathered together some great El Cinco de Mayo diy ideas and yours made the cut! Thanks for the great inspiration! Check it out at – http://wp.me/pkcUM-H7

    Emily Flippin Maruna    Monday, May 2, 2011
  24. I like the pinatas…clever to use the paper cups.

    Cindy    Monday, May 2, 2011
  25. Totally inspired me to make them with my kids for my son’s birthday which happens to be May 5th! I did a step by step photo tutorial of the whole thing here: http://www.jodimichelle.com/2011/05/02/how-to-make-mini-pinatas/

    Thanks so much for the amazing idea! Love your site!!!

    jodimichelle    Monday, May 2, 2011
  26. What a fantastic idea!! My daughter’s birthday is in August and I was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to have a pinata…now I have a solution!! Thanks so much!

    Lauren Nguyen    Tuesday, May 3, 2011
  27. These are gorgeous!

    Peter    Thursday, May 5, 2011
  28. I was not able to find the chipboard accents on the link?

    Anna    Thursday, May 5, 2011
  29. So clever and cute to boot! I’m so glad to have have you . . off to stop by your site now for more inspiring ideas.

    cathyswraps    Thursday, May 5, 2011
  30. Hi Anna–Here are some similar ones http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/american-crafts/115362-margarita-pia-colada-delights/?filters=_american+crafts_

    Brittany    Thursday, May 5, 2011
  31. Oh my goodness…brillz!!!

    Garnish    Thursday, May 5, 2011
  32. Darling!!!

    I featured your mini pinatas in my cinco de mayo round up!

    Thank you so much for sharing



    Amanda @ Frills and Frolic    Saturday, May 7, 2011
  33. I featured you today!
    Feel free to stop by and grab a button!

    Jami    Sunday, May 8, 2011
  34. Everything about these whimsical little pint-sized pinatas makes me smile…BIG! I just about flipped my sombrero and shouted “Ole!” when I saw that you had linked up this wonderful, creative post to my little party over at Rook No. 17. You totally made my day! To have a blog with your caliber of excellence visit and share with my readers, really, truly means a lot!


    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17    Monday, May 9, 2011
  35. I love this idea:) My son wanted a pinata for his birthday party but with so many kids, it won’t work. This is going to be great for party favors:) Thank you.

    Brandy    Wednesday, May 18, 2011
  36. Way cool idea. I will have to tell everyone about it. I have a friend who is having her son’s bday next month. I would love to make these for it.

    Becki    Monday, June 20, 2011
  37. Totally cute! This looks like a GREAT way to decorate AND celebrate. Thank you for sharing!

    Terri    Tuesday, June 21, 2011
  38. I used this idea for my daughter’s third birthday fiesta. Thank you so much for sharing the creativity. You can find my party pics here http://sweeterthancupcakes.blogspot.com/search/label/fiesta

    Courtney    Tuesday, June 21, 2011
  39. I like this pinata

    Happy Party    Thursday, October 13, 2011
  40. I’m getting married in Mexico this March. I’m going to make these as giveaways for my guests. Thanks for the great idea!

    Susan    Tuesday, December 27, 2011
  41. Hi. I wanted to print out the invite for our neighborhood cinco de mayo party but I can’t get it to work. Is the link still active? Thanks!

    JulieAnn    Sunday, April 1, 2012
  42. love the idea of these adorable mini pinatas ….perfect for any party , any where, any time of year … ty for sharing ..

    Terri    Friday, April 5, 2013
  43. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your pinata project! You can see it here:


    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

    Cindy deRosier    Thursday, May 9, 2013
  44. These are so cute and simple to make! :) I may just make some of these…

    Hailey N Clark    Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  45. I just wanted to thank you for this great idea. Our Girl Scout service unit was given Mexico as a theme for our Christmas Tree this year, and this was simple enough for our Daisy troop to make with just a little help from moms (hot glue…) Thanks again for such an awesome idea. They were a big hit when we decorated the tree!

    Tasha    Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  46. How do the guests get the candy out?

    Kiley    Friday, July 18, 2014

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