Monday Craft: Paper Sack Piñata

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How to Make Paper Bag Pinatas: DIY Paper Bag Pintas are a perfect summer craft for kids. All you need is a paper bag, a few craft supplies, and candy for hours of backyard fun!

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Paper Bag Pinatas

We are testing out our new Summer Activity Schedule this week.  Our craft for the week was Paper Sack Piñatas.   

This craft was very easy, turned out cute, and hardly made any mess at all!  (The best kind of craft IMO.)  

The best part of the project was, at the end of the day, we got to bust open the Piñata’s and eat candy!

Materials Needed for the Paper bag Piñatas:

  • Paper Sacks (we used lunch bag size)
  • colored tissue paper
  • glue sticks
  • candy (or some other type of goody that will hold up to being hit with a bat)
  • stapler 
  • hole punch
  • string
  • Soft bat or tightly rolled up paper to hit the piñata with


To prep for this DIY pinata craft, I did a couple of steps in advance:  I cut the tissue paper into about 3 inch wide strips.  Then I cut a fringe along one edge, like this:

After I cut the fringe, I cut the long strips into smaller pieces, some the width of the paper sacks and others half that size so they could alternate colors.

I also drew lines across the sacs, so the kids would easily know where to put the glue.

If your kids are older, they could do the pinata prep themselves.

To get started, just run your glue stick along the pre-drawn lines and apply the tissue paper fringe.  Be sure the fringed edge is pointing down towards the bottom of the sack. (Not like in these pictures, ha!.)

 After you have done the front and back, (you could do the sides too, my son did, but my daughter didn’t, still came out cute) fill the sack with your goodies.  Fold the top over a couple of times and secure it with the stapler.

Then, punch two holes and tie a string very securely through the holes.

Ta Da!  You are done!

paper bag pinata

Now for the good part!

I took at least 50 to 60 shots of us hitting the Piñata.  I had to laugh
several times over some of my Hubby’s facial expressions…


Oops, Piñata foul! 
We even let Dad have a few whacks! 

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  1. toooooo cute and easy and inventive, LOVE it!

  2. I love it! Pinatas are one of my favorite birthday memories. I love that it can be an impromptu addition to a get together with this speedy version. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Fun and easy! My favorite type of craft! Thanks for linking up on Family Time Tuesday.

    Celebrating Family

  4. I am featuring this project during my linky party tomorrow. Please hop over and grab a button! Thank you so much for linking up!

  5. Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    This is such an adorable idea!!

    Also, the surroundings and neighborhood in the background look so much like Austin Texas that I searched your profile. I laughed when I saw that you are located in the Hill Country. Small world! What part are you in?

    I swear, I can pick Texas scenery out of any photo. lol

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  6. Sunny Vanilla says:

    Very cool! Great idea 🙂

  7. Great idea on the paper sack pinata! I use to love playing with pinatas at birthday parties when I was a little kid! Thank you for linking to Sew Woodsy last week! Keep on linking great projects!

  8. La-Dee-da crafter says:

    This is such a great idea. I have to do this with my kids. Thanks for sharing.
    following you now

  9. great idea!!! could also make little lanterns out of them!

  10. Courtney O'Dell says:

    Such a great idea! I absolutely love it! I am starting a summer party series link party, devoted to awesome summer party crafts, recipes and decorations. Can you please link it up on friday?


  11. That is too good! Did it really take that many times to break it? This I have to try for our next party!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Jenn Erickson says:

    I saw your link-up over at Flamingo Toes and just had to come by. What a wonderful idea and an excellent project. I'll definitely be sharing this project with my readers on FB, and will be making this with my girls next Cinco de Mayo!

    New follower,

  13. This is precious! Love your DIY and your pix of those precious kids! Stopping by from 733!

  14. Your kids are sooo cute… and I love this inspiring idea of making your own pinata… it looks so colorful! You have a beautiful family:) Visiting from Mel's Fancy Friday blog hop, your new follower. Would love you to follow me back. Have a wonderful week!~Poppy


  15. LOVE this idea! We'll have to give it a try this summer =)

  16. bree johnson says:

    what a a great idea and so easy!!! coming over from tip junkie cute blog!