This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’m not exactly sure why, but my girls have been begging me for months to make homemade pinatas. I suspect they probably saw a video on YouTube and thought it looked like a fun project. While it does sound fun — OMG, the mess! is all I can think about…
So when they brought it up again over this past rainy weekend, instead of just stopping them in their tracks, I started brainstorming how to make a no-mess pinata craft. The end result was these adorable paper bag pinatas!
While not quite the same as a traditional homemade pinata (you know, with the balloon form and messy flour paste-soaked newspaper strips), my girls were thrilled with the results. The paper bag pinatas totally fulfilled their desire to craft and have fun, while I was able to maintain my sanity — and a substantially cleaner kitchen.
We filled up our paper bag pinatas with these new birthday-themed candies from The Hershey Company — Hershey’s Assorted Miniatures and Kit Kat Miniatures to be exact, although there are a multitude of other varieties.
These candies are available exclusively at Walmart, but you won’t find them in the candy aisle. They’re located on a display/end cap in the party section, making it super convenient to grab some color-coordinated candies to sweeten your celebration.
How To Make A Paper Bag Pinata
As I mentioned, these paper bag pinatas are a fun and mess-free craft. You only need a few supplies to make them, and you probably have most of them laying around the house already.
- paper lunch bags (white or brown, doesn’t really matter)
- candy for filling (check out Hershey’s new birthday-themed candies!)
- colored tissue paper (Walmart has inexpensive multicolored packs)
- craft glue stick
- hole punch
- string or twine for hanging
Start by filling one of the lunch bags with your desired amount of candies. Then stuff a sheet of tissue paper inside to keep the bag poufy (my technical term, lol), fold the top over once, and staple it closed.
Now you just have to decorate the stuffed bag with tissue paper! We came up with a couple of different techniques, so I’ll show you have we achieved both looks.
Traditional Fringe Paper Bag Pinata
For the more traditional fringe look, you’ll start with a piece of tissue paper measuring 5″x26″. The tissue paper I picked up at Walmart measures 20″x26″, so this is 1/4 of a sheet.
Fold the strip in half to give it a little more structure, and cut slits on the long, non-folded edge about 3/4 of the way into the strip, as shown above.
Once the strips are cut, we’ll simply glue them around the bag using the craft glue stick, starting on the bottom and working our way up. The tissue paper is pretty delicate, so it’s easiest to apply the glue directly to the bag, and then stick the tissue paper strip to it. I also found it worked best to start at the front middle and stick the middle of the strip to the bag, then wrap each side around from there.
Ruffled Paper Bag Pinata
The ruffled paper bag pinata starts in much the same way, only we’re using a larger 10″x26″ strip of tissue paper (half of one of the sheets I picked up at Walmart).
This time we’re folding the sheets not quite in half — leave about a 1-inch overhang on one side. Then we’ll create the ruffling effect by adding a few pleats along the folded side of the strip, as shown above. Just fold the strip over and then back again, using a little of the craft glue to tack it into place.
Applying the ruffles is the same as with the fringed pinata. Start at the bottom and work your way up, and don’t pull the strips too tightly when gluing. A little slack will allow you to pouf them out more when they’re all glued down.
This method is definitely the faster of the two, as you only need three strips to create the ruffled effect shown. However, little ones may need some help with the pleating part.
Either way, my girls said these no-mess paper bag pinatas would be a fantastic party craft! For a younger crowd, you might consider having the fringed and/or ruffled strips already prepped, but an older group could definitely handle this craft all on their own.
I’d also recommend picking up a couple more bags of Hershey’s new birthday-themed candies than you think you need. I know my girls were sneaking candies as they were creating, so I would assume that this would be common at parties, as well. Birthday parties with Hershey + crafts = tons of fun!1