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Make this: Pull Piñata Garland

April 30, 2012

In celebration of one of my favorite excuses to drink margaritas and kick back with friends, this whole week I’ll be bringing you fun, colorful and tasty inspiration in honor of Cinco de Mayo. This pull piñata garland makes for a very festive Cinco de Mayo decoration as well as a fun activity for party guests. Simply pull and little surprises come pouring down. Step-by-step after the jump. xoxo!

1. Cut 2×2 inch squares of tissue paper and slit a small “X” in the center. (this will help treats to fall out when pulled)

2. Loosely attach the tissue to the bottom of the toilet paper roll.

3. Place a 3-5 inch ribbon over the “X” and secure with a small piece of tape. (NOTE: This can be done right before filling the tubes if you please)

4. Take a full sheet of tissue paper and fold lengthwise to about 1 inch deep.

5. Cut into 1 1/2 inch rectangles.

6. Cut about 4 slits into the open end of each rectangle, leaving about 1/4″ at the top.

7. Begin wrapping fringe at the bottom of the tube and work your way up. Use tape or glue to secure the fringe.

8. Secure two 3 inch pieces of ribbon on opposite sides of the inside of the tube with tape.

9. Fill with candy, confetti, fortunes, toys, etc.

10. Hang on a sturdy string like bakers twine. PARTY!

98 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2012 1:44 am

    These are so cute! They will be perfect for my nephews birthday party. Thanks for the excellent idea!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 1, 2012 10:13 am

      Thanks Deira! I think these would be wonderful at a birthday party, kids would have a ball pulling on the strings! Happy birthday to your nephew :)

  2. April 30, 2012 9:13 pm

    Love your tutorial. I will have to do this soon

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      May 1, 2012 10:15 am

      Thanks so much! It’s a fun little craft.

      • May 5, 2012 6:16 pm

        I tried my own version. i didn’t make it a pinata but a small hanging lantern and instead of tissue paper I used triangle shaped cardstock in 3 colors. thanks for the inspiration

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          May 5, 2012 8:39 pm

          Oh this makes me so happy! Lanterns sound like a wonderful iteration of this project! I must try this myself sometime. Glad my diy was able to inspire yours. Enjoy your hanging lanterns :)

  3. Aura permalink
    May 1, 2012 12:38 pm

    This is just to cute! i cant wait to do this for Ryile’s party! she is my favorite 7soon to be 8 year old i know and me and her mom are going to through her an super amazing over the top birthday party this year and i think this idea will be just too much fun! no only for me and Kathleen but for the party guest too!!!!!!

  4. May 4, 2012 12:26 pm

    Your pictures look so great! This is a super fun twist on the ole’ pinata. Great job!

    Shared in the roundup. You’re just too good.

  5. May 4, 2012 12:27 pm

    Your pictures look so great! This is such a great twist on the ole’ pinata. Great job!

    Shared in today’s roundup. You’re just TOO good. :)

  6. Linda permalink
    May 5, 2012 11:27 am

    Red, White, and Blue. Cool.

  7. May 6, 2012 11:37 pm


  8. May 27, 2012 7:49 pm

    Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing it! Now to plan:)

  9. May 28, 2012 7:12 pm

    So fun and festive! I need to start saving the cardboard tubes now!

  10. Fatima permalink
    May 31, 2012 8:57 am

    Thanks for the wonderful idea. We are doing this for my daughter’s birthday :)

  11. Andrea permalink
    June 9, 2012 12:07 pm

    Brilliant! Love this idea and have added it to my to do list for my daughter’s upcoming Dora themed 3rd birthday party!

  12. underpr3ssure permalink
    June 20, 2012 5:09 pm

    Reblogged this on underpr3ssure.

  13. GabiDok permalink
    June 21, 2012 12:27 pm

    so colorful and fun!!!

  14. June 23, 2012 9:57 am

    This are adorable. My husband and I are having a southwest staycation for our third anniversary! These would be so cute!

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      June 28, 2012 11:58 pm

      Fun! You could fill them with cute gifts and surprise him! Happy anniversary!

      • July 31, 2012 2:03 pm

        Great idea! I didn’t see your comment until after, but I will be sure to do it down the road! I still have all the decorations for another party!

  15. August 16, 2012 8:19 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Soo doing this for my son’s 2nd birthday! Great for young kids that can’t hit a pinata! Thanks for the idea and inspiration!

  16. September 5, 2012 12:59 pm

    This is adorable!

  17. September 20, 2012 8:44 am

    hermosa idea,se lo voy a preparar a mi nietito!!!

  18. October 19, 2012 6:51 pm

    About to make this now for my son’s first birthday party.

  19. Melanie permalink
    January 21, 2013 3:37 pm

    Think I’ll be using this craft at my pre-school. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Rachel permalink
    February 22, 2013 9:49 pm

    Wow I was looking for a easy way to make pinatas and this really helped!
    I think im going to be making this for the little kids at my church! :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 26, 2013 11:40 am

      Awesome, Rachel! That makes me so happy! I hope you enjoy them! They’re fun to make!

  21. April 30, 2013 2:06 pm

    I’ve had this pinned for a while now and i’m super excited to be able to finally crack it out with the kids for this years cinco de mayo celebrations at school!

  22. July 29, 2013 6:48 pm

    Thanks for this simple idea! I’ve just linked to this post from my own blog: I’m “making something” for 365 days, and your mini piñatas were just the thing for today’s assignment.

  23. August 1, 2013 10:10 pm

    If you happen to be invited to visit a winter wedding, and what will you wear.

    This you are sleeveless with all the higher empire waist styling that accents your shape as well as your bust and allows you to look good.
    Majority with the girls keep exuberantly taking into consideration the different styles and
    hues of prom dresses in readiness to the special event.

  24. April 12, 2014 10:17 am

    These are wonderful, we are making them for a little boy’s “Go, Diego, Go” party this weekend! Thanks so much for the tutorial :)

  25. Ana permalink
    July 15, 2014 5:27 am

    What an amazing & cute idea. It is 4:00 am and I just made a Caillou version of one since @ my son’s party venue I cannot have an actual pinata & it is too late to order a pull string pinata on line. YOU are a life saver, thanks a bunch.

  26. Michelle permalink
    December 16, 2014 5:38 pm

    I’m making these in green and red with my 8th grade Spanish class tomorrow. Thanks for something inexpensive and easy enough!

  27. April 16, 2015 8:39 pm

    Check out these amazing pinatas!

  28. July 1, 2015 3:43 pm

    love it check out these party pinatas

  29. Sherry permalink
    May 1, 2016 11:39 am

    thanks for the inspiration! I made a few to add to fish piñata as it was was for my sons 4th birthday. I used kitchen tissue paper roll as it fits more goodies. They all love how pretty it looked! I wish I could post or send you pictures.. However, the string did not pull out any stuffs… :( not sure but maybe the ribbon was so tight.. I need to practice doing this as they are lovely!


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