How to Make a Mini Pinata Party Favor

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Not only are mini pinatas easy to make, they serve as unexpected and festive tabletop decorations. Fill them with treats for party favors to celebrate birthdays, Cinco de Mayo or any special occasion. Please the crowd by making two different versions, such as these adorable ice cream cones and rocket ships.

Rocket ship and ice cream cone mini pinatas make festive party favors.
(Jessica Begum)

Assemble these materials to make one 6-inch ice cream cone pinata:

  • Cardboard toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 20-by-26-inch brown tissue paper, 1 piece
  • 20-by-26-inch cream or white tissue paper, 1 piece
  • 20-by-26-inch tissue paper, 1 piece (your choice of ice cream color)
  • Tissue paper, assorted colors (for ice cream toppings)
  • Paper trimmer or ruler, cutting mat and cutting knife
  • White glue
  • Rubber band
  • Paper shredder (optional)
Display mini ice cream cone pinatas in glasses for fun tabletop decor.
Jessica Begum

Cut lengthwise down the middle of a toilet paper roll with scissors. Then, shape the roll into a cone and tape it in place. Trim off the top of the roll to make a flat, even opening.

Create a cone shape from a toilet paper roll.
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Fold a brown piece of tissue paper in half horizontally, and then fold it in half horizontally again. Use a paper trimmer (or cutting knife and mat) to cut a 1-by-20-inch strip at the top of the folded tissue (at the unfolded edge). Repeat to make three separate 1-by-20-inch tissue strips. Stack all of the strips together and fold them into thirds. Cut slits halfway up the strips, spaced 1/4 inch apart, to make fringe.

Make fringe from 1-inch strips of tissue.
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Apply a small amount of white glue at the tip of the cone. Place the end of a strip of brown fringed paper on the glue and wrap it around the tip of the cone. Add more white glue to the cone and continue wrapping the fringe around it until the entire cone is covered. Move 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch up the length of the cone toward the top with each wrap.

Note: You may have leftover tissue strips.

Glue strips of fringed tissue around the cone.
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Fill the cone with treats, such as hard candy, lollipops, stickers or balloons. The ice cream cone pinata can hold approximately two lollipops or four to five pieces of hard candy. Be sure to push the treats down into the cone so they don't get glue on them.

Fill the cone with treats.
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Crinkle one full sheet of cream or white-colored tissue paper into a ball and stuff it into the top of the cone over the treats. Secure it in place with a line of glue around the inside rim of the cone.

Stuff tissue in the top of the cone to make the ice cream.
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Choose a colored piece of tissue for the ice cream and trim it into three 3-by-20-inch strips using a paper trimmer. You'll need three 3-by-20-inch strips for each ice cream cone pinata.

Tip: Use green tissue paper for mint ice cream, pink tissue paper for strawberry ice cream and cream tissue paper for vanilla ice cream, such as the cones featured in this project.

Trim colored tissue into 3-inch strips.
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Loosely wrap the strips around the tissue ball on top of the cone to resemble the imperfect shape of a scoop of ice cream. Use white glue to secure the strips to the cone. Use a rubber band to hold the tissue in place around the top of the cone until the glue dries, and then remove it.

Use strips of colored tissue to make the ice cream flavor.
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Create a variety of toppings to decorate the tops of the ice cream cones.

  • Sprinkles: Trim a variety of colored tissue paper into eraser-head-sized pieces.
  • Chocolate Chips: Trim dark brown tissue paper into eraser-head-sized pieces.
  • Strawberry Coconut: Run pink tissue paper through a paper shredder to create long crinkled paper shreds.
  • Cherry on Top: Roll a small piece of red tissue paper into a nickel-sized ball. Twist a small piece of green tissue paper into a 1-inch stem and glue it to the top of the cherry.
Make toppings to decorate the ice cream cones.
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  • To add sprinkles: Add a light coat of glue to the top of the cone and roll the cone through the bits of colorful tissue paper.
  • To add chocolate chips: Glue the little bits of brown paper randomly around the top of the ice cream.
  • To add strawberry-coconut: Add a light coat of glue to the top of the cone and roll the cone through the pink paper shreds.
  • To add a cherry on top: Add glue to the bottom of the cherry and glue it on the top of the ice cream cone.
Glue custom toppings to the tops of the ice cream cones.
Jessica Begum

Assemble these materials to make one 6-inch rocket ship pinata:

  • Cardboard toilet paper roll
  • 20-by-26-inch silver metallic tissue paper, 1 piece
  • 20-by-26-inch white tissue paper, 1 piece
  • 20-by-26-inch black tissue paper, 1 piece
  • 20-by-26-inch red tissue paper, 1 piece
  • 20-by-26-inch orange tissue paper, 1 piece
  • 20-by-26-inch blue tissue paper, 1 piece
  • Silver metallic card stock
  • Paper trimmer
  • 5- to 6-inch saucer
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Binder clip
  • Embroidery floss, 6 inches
Mini rocket ship pinatas.
Jessica Begum

Trim a piece of metallic tissue paper into three 1/2-inch-by-20-inch strips using a paper trimmer. Then, trim a 1/2-inch-by-20-inch strip of white tissue paper and another of black tissue paper. You will have a total of five strips. Stack all of the strips together and fold them into thirds. Cut slits halfway up the strips, spaced 1/8 inch apart, to make fringe.

Trim the tissue into 1/2-inch strips.
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Open the strips and add a light line of glue along the top of the white fringe strip. Wrap the white strip around the bottom of the toilet paper roll. Overlap until you've wrapped the entire strip.

Wrap the white strip around the toilet paper roll.
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Add glue to the top of the black strip in one continuous line. Apply the end of the black strip 1/4 inch up from the white strip and wrap around the toilet paper roll until you've wrapped the entire strip.

Add the black strip to the roll 1/4 inch up from the white.
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Add a line of glue to the dull side of the first metallic fringe strip. Begin wrapping it 1/4 inch up from the black fringe. Continue wrapping the strip around, spiraling up little by little. Use all three strips of tissue until it reaches the top.

Cover the rest of the roll with the metallic fringe.
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Trace the saucer onto the metallic card stock and cut it out. Fold the circle in half and cut through it to make two equal semi-circles. Form one semi-circle into a cone shape. Use white glue to secure the sides, and use a binder clip to hold it in place until the glue dries. Repeat the procedure with the other semi-circle. These cones will form the top of the rocket ships.

Cut the circle in half and form the halves into cones.
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Use the paper trimmer to cut a piece of red and orange tissue paper into 3-by-6-inch rectangles.

Trim red and orange tissue into 3-by-6 inch rectangles.
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Glue the tops of the red and orange rectangles together by running a line of glue along the top of the long side of the red rectangle and pressing it together with the top of the orange rectangle.

Glue the two rectangles together.
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Roll up the red/orange rectangle and glue it to the inside of the roll near the white and black fringe. The red side of the paper should be showing on top, as this will form the rocket fire.

Attach the red/orange tissue to the inside of the tube.
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To create the look of rocket flames, tie the red/orange tissue together at the bottom of the rocket with embroidery floss. When the paper bunches up, parts of the orange paper should be visible.

Tie the tissue with embroidery floss.
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Make the blue fringe that sticks out from the rocket top by trimming a 2 1/2-by-20-inch piece of blue tissue paper into five pieces. Don't worry about exact measurements, but make each piece about 3 inches long. Stack the five pieces together and cut long fringe, spacing the slits 1/8 inch apart and 1/4 inch from the top. Remove the binder clip from the metallic cones. Then use glue to attach the blue fringe all the way around the inside of the cone.

Note: You may have leftover tissue strips.

Attach the blue fringe to the inside of the cone.
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Now fill the inside of the roll with treats such as lollipops and balloons. Make sure the treats are pushed way down inside the roll so they don't get glue on them.

Fill the roll with assorted treats.
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Add a strip of glue around the top edge of the roll. Place the blue-fringed cone over the top of the roll so it adheres to the strip of glue. Set aside to dry completely.

Place the cone on top of the roll.
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