You Will Need ...
  1. Paper bag

  2. Handful of candy

  3. Balloon

  4. Ribbon or string

  5. Plastic small waterbottle

  6. Tape

  7. Glue stick

  8. Hot glue gun

  9. Crape paper streamers

  10. Four wine corks

  11. Scissors

  12. Permanent markers

  13. Pin (anything with a sharp point)

  14. Construction paper (Optional)

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Step 1: 

Begin by placing only a handful of candy in the bag.

Step 2: 

Next, blow up the balloon, but don't tie it yet. You want it to fit snuggly inside the bag (on top of the candy), so you might need to adjust the balloon size by letting air in or out untill it's just right! Once it is, go ahead and tie the balloon, and squeeze it in the bag.

Step 3: 

Using a small piece of ribbon, tie a knot around the top of the bag, enclosing the balloon and candy. Then, take the ribbon and tie another knot around the "body" of the burro, BUT DO NOT cut the ribbon. Instead, leave about 3 feet extra of the ribbon (used for hanging the pinata), then cut it. You might want to apply a litte tape the ribbon as well, so it doesn't wiggle around.

Step 4: 

To make the burro's head, use scissors to cut off the top 1/3 of a plastic water bottle. Adult, help the children with this part as sometimes the plastic can become rather sharp... Ouch!

Step 5: 

Now stuff that burro's head with the crape paper streamer!

Step 6: 

When it's ready, place it over the "tied" part of the paper bag, and glue with hot glue. (Adult, supervise or complete this part so no little fingers get burnt!)

Step 7: 

It's time to decorate... yippee! Use the crape paper to wrap around the burro body. Tape the top part of the streamer as you go around the body to keep the streamer in place. Let the bottom of the streamer dangle.

Step 8: 

Keep layering and layering to complete the true FIESTA look! When all your streamers are in place, fray the dangly bottoms with scissors. (Tip: make sure the 3 feet of extra string doesn't get caught up in the decorating.)

Step 9: 

Next, use your markers, stickers, googly eyes, and construction paper to add some facial features. Eyes and ears go a long way to complete the look!

Step 10: 

Flip your burro over to add the feet. Tape the edge of one of your streamers to one of the wine corks. Roll the wine cork in the streamer like a "pig in a blanket," until the cork is completely covered. (It might need to be rolled 3-4 times.) Cut the streamer and seal it with a glue stick.

Step 11: 

Repeat this for each of the wine cork feet. Then, use hot glue to attach the feet to the burro body.

Step 12: 

Finally, take your sharp pin and gently stick it in the pinata from the bottom. Doing so will pop the balloon. There you go! Your pinata is ready to be whacked!

Step 13: 


Craft Length: 
30 - 60 minutes
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
1 adult per 10 children