This DIY Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) piñata is simple and cheap to make.
This year we are celebrating Dia de los Muertos. No need to attack me for this but Halloween always freaks me out and gives me nightmares for days so this year we’re changing to celebrating our ancestors in a beautiful way with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Although we’ve never celebrated before and have no ancestors that would have celebrated (ever), we’re excited to introduce this tradition into our family and have our children participate.
Things you need for a homemade piñata
- Flour + water
- Tissue paper
- Crepe paper
Hint on the newspaper: I don’t know a single person that still receives a newspaper. We found newspaper at our local grocery store for their store advertisements.
How to make a DIY piñata
Inflate a large balloon. Apparently there are sizes on the bag of balloons. I had no idea. So get a larger size so your treats can fit in your piñata.
Tape a piece of rope onto the balloon. Make sure you pick it up by the rope to make sure it hangs correctly.
Add cardboard around the balloon as necessary with tape. We used cardboard to make the cheekbones and chin.
Combine 1 cup of flour to 1 cup of water and mix together to create a paste. The ratio should always be 1 to 1.
Tear newspaper into strips. Thicker strips will be good for covering large areas but thinner strips will be useful to make sure the layers stay smooth and to fill in gaps.
Dip newspaper strips into paste until completely covered. Make sure to wipe off extra paste. I hold the newspaper between my thumb and pointer finger, start at the top, and slide the newspaper all the way to the other edge to get off extra paste.
Place onto the balloon and cardboard. Completely cover the balloon and cardboard with newspaper. You may need to do one side at a time and let dry.
Repeat layers 3-5 times.
Once it is completely dry, prepare to decorate. Add a layer of tissue paper on top of newspaper strips.
Take the crepe paper and cut a large section in half. Hold the strips together and cut the paper to create a fringe. The higher you cut, the more you will need to do. It just depends on the look you want for your piñata.
Starting at the bottom, glue layers of your crepe paper onto the balloon base.
Decorate with crepe paper.
An alternative to the layers and decorations is to cut crepe paper into small squares. Put the square on the eraser end of a pencil or on your small finger, wrap it around the pencil or finger, and glue onto the balloon base to create a flowering effect.
Cut a hole into the pinata for adding in candy or snacks.