DIY Pull String Pinata

Tuesday , 22, January 2013 2 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have been planning for the Goober’s first birthday practically since he was born and yet somehow the year just seems to have flown by. Suddenly, his first birthday is less than a month away and I haven’t completed as many of the cute ideas I had pinned to his birthday board on Pinterest as I expected. He isn’t having a huge party, mostly family and a few friends from his playgroup, so some of the ideas were a bit too over the top but there was one particular one I was really excited to: a pull string piñata. I had never even heard of one until I read about it on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love. Sherry Petersik, co- author of the blog, made one for her daughter Clara’s first birthday and posted an adorable tutorial. I loved the idea of a piñata that kids of all ages could participate in, so I got started making my own.

The theme of the Goober’s birthday is based on the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” (by Laura Numeroff) and I knew I wanted to do a cookie piñata. I purchased a helium Mylar balloon and papier-mâchéd over it using newspaper and a 2:1 water to flour mixture (I didn’t get any pictures of this part thanks to goopy hands and a curious 11 month old, but the tutorial I linked to outlines the process pretty well). I attached a string to hang it and cut a flap and attached the pull-strings to it. Then I got out my tissue paper and started decorating. I loved the scalloped look of Clara’s piñata so I cut my lighter colored paper into teardrop shapes and got out my Mod Podge and a paintbrush. I began by attaching the tissue paper around the side and bottom of the piñata first before moving to the body of the piñata. I cut the darker tissue paper into circles and attached them with clear tape.


Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some cute pictures and maybe a video to share from the party. I think we are going to stuff it with fruit snacks and chocolate coins, but we are still debating. What party theme did you go with for your little one? Was it a family affair or a huge shindig? Did you have a piñata? What did you stuff it with?


About Allie

I have a BFA in Theatre and am currently a freelance costumer/stay-at-home-mom. My husband, our 11-month-old son, and I relocated to the Atlanta area in September from Charlotte, North Carolina for my husband’s new job and to be closer to family. I have been very blessed with a great family, half of whom lives here in Georgia and the other half who lives in South Carolina, with a few stragglers on the West Coast, mostly in California and Oregon. I love crafting, baking, and Pinterest ( and I look forward to discovering new places, people, and things to do in my new town and state.


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  • Emily says:

    Great idea for a theme! We love that book in our home 🙂

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