Recent research suggests piñatas may have originated in China, and were brought to Italy by Marco Polo when he travelled there in the 13th century.
Today, piñatas are wonderful additions to any party. There was a time when people used clay pots for party piñatas. However, the broken pieces tended to cause injuries. That is why piñatas are made out of papier-mache or cardboard these days. They are generally safe for use.
Piñatas may be customized according to your party’s theme. If you have a unicorn-themed party, having a unicorn piñata would be a great. However, most party shops don’t provide a wide selection but you can easily make one.
No matter what your party’s theme is, there’s a piñata to match. Just learn how to make a custom piñata and you’re good to go.
- large cardboard box
- empty cereal boxes or similar lightweight cardboard
- 1 newspaper, torn into 1″-wide strips
- crepe paper party streamers in various colors
- Elmer’s school glue
- masking tape
- papier-mache paste
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Thanks to Off Beat Home for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here…