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EDIT: now there is a last step with pictures of the Piñata been whacked!

The Birthday Party is getting closer, and you want to have a cool gift wrapping and something to entertain the guests?

PIÑATA for everyone :D !

My husband is a dedicated sea-trout fisherman, so I give him this year a bunch of handmade danish lures, and some more fishing stuff - but he always gets something handmade from me as well - This year it'll be the gift wrapping itself.

First I wanted to make a troutpiñata but found it rather boring, and while watching a documentary about deep sea angler fishes, the idea was born :) ( fascinating creatures!)

I hope someone makes a piñata for me one day - even adults close to 40 (*sigh*) want to play!

I chose to add a lot of layers to the piece, to make it as sturdy as possible without making it impossible to break ;)

this is my first piñata-attempt ( surely not my last - my brother will be so jealous on my husband ;D )

It took me about 5 days to complete it, due the drying time of the paper mache, also I had to plan to work with it while alone at home to keep it secret - so you have to plan ahead.

To entertain the spectators on the party, I came up with a silly blindfold as well :)

I invite you to my journey!

Step 1: Materials Needed

Picture of Materials Needed

The Piñata:

  • 2 balloons ( one in yellow)
  • old newspapers
  • packaging paper
  • 1 toilet paper roll
  • cardboard ( f.ex. a cerealbox )
  • wallpaper glue - or cornstarch mixed with water
  • scissors
  • tape
  • 1 craft pipe cleaner
  • white paper and glue stick (for teeth)
  • acrylic paints in: yellow, red, brown, white and black
  • paintbrushes
  • hot glue gun

For hanger:

  • rope or paracord
  • a jar lid / plastic lid / piece of wood - whatever you'll find
  • you may need a drill


  • in my case fishing lures
  • wrapped candy

optional for the silly blindfold:

  • sleeping mask
  • 2 craft pipe cleaners
  • white foam or cardboard
  • black marker
  • hot glue
  • needle and thread
Arbormakes3 months ago
You deserve to win that contest!!
Mimikry (author)  Arbormakes3 months ago
Thank you for your vote :)
Absolutely stunning!
Mimikry (author)  Upcycleforcompassion3 months ago
Thank you :)
AnandM543 months ago
Wow, great idea!!! Did it a fantastic way...
Mimikry (author)  AnandM543 months ago
thank you!
This is awesome! We'll try to make one for our kid's bday party. :)
Mimikry (author)  lucasplayhouse3 months ago
let us know how it turned out :)
just don't add as many layers as in the instructable - otherwise it will be too sturdy for a kid to destroy :)
Mimikry (author) 3 months ago
I Now added a last step with the piñatas cruel fate :)
We had a very good time - probably the Piñata didn't...
Enjoy the pictures!
And thanks to all that voted!
You're welcome. Good luck in the finals!
Tweetysvoice3 months ago
I think you forgot to post the "after" pictures of the awesome pinata! :p I'd hate to destroy it! Lol
Mimikry (author)  Tweetysvoice3 months ago
It will be whacked this evening - i'm getting pictures for sure :)
Fusion_3643 months ago
You have my vote. I haven't even looked at anything else yet. I'm going to attempt to make this for my brothers next birthday. I will pray and sacrifice fingertips to the craft gods in hopes that it doesn't come out like a pinterest fail.

I want to fill it with fishing lures and candy. But I can see things going terribly wrong if there's beer involved.
Mimikry (author)  Fusion_3643 months ago
thanks for your vote :)
It was really easy to make, so I'm pretty confident you will succeed (unless beer is involved during the making process) - and also I guess no one on the party has actually seen an angler fish closer than on TV - means no one can claim it's anatomically right or wrong ;)
- the fishing lures inside are all without hooks - that makes it a little safer - and you can smash the pinata at an early state of the party to avoid bad injuries -so do I plan... :D
- there will be beer, a huge bonfire, sauna and a hot bath tub down the river - what could possibly go wrong...
I let you all know after the party!
memestra3 months ago
This thing is amazing. Best pinata I've ever seen!
Mimikry (author)  memestra3 months ago
thank you!
It will be heavily smashed, destroyed and shattered to pieces on wednesday!
jessyratfink3 months ago
The angler fish is amazing! And the blindfold cracked me up :D
Mimikry (author)  jessyratfink3 months ago
happy to entertain you :D