How to Make a Train Pinata

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Things You'll Need

  • Two boxes

  • Cardboard

  • Masking tape

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 cups water

  • Bowl

  • Newspaper

  • Scissors

  • Cord

  • Acrylic paint

  • Paint brush

Make a Train Pinata

Pinatas are often made by applying papier mâché over an inflated balloon. But, it is also possible to made a piñata by covering boxes and cardboard with papier mâché, to create a rectangular object, such as a train piñata. When it is finished, the candy can be inserted on the top of the cab, and it will fall through to the hood of the engine.


Step 1

Roll a rectangular piece of cardboard into a tube, and secure with masking tape. This will be the front part of the train engine, which makes up about half the length and half the width of the entire train pinata. Choose dimensions according to the size you want for your piñata.

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Step 2

Tape a long narrow box (with lid attached) under the tube cylinder you created in step 1. The cylinder should be about two-thirds the length of the box. And the cylinder should be about twice the width of the box. Position the cylinder to one end of the box.


Step 3

Tape a second box onto the first box. It should be placed to the left of the cylinder, which will be the cab of the engine. Choose a box that will fit on the empty lid space of first box, and will be twice as high as the cylinder. Before you tape it in place, cut a circle out of the side of the box to fit the end of the cylinder. Tape the circular cutout on the second box to the end of the cylinder. Later, candy can be added to the top of the second box, and it will spill into the cylinder of the engine.


Step 4

Cut a small flap in the top of the second box, later it will be used to add candy.



Step 5

Tape a small v-shaped smoke stack onto the center of the cylinder.


Step 6

Tape a small piece of triangular shaped cardboard onto the front of the train. Secure at an angle under the cylinder.


Step 7

Cut out eight circles from cardboard, to be used as the wheels on the train engine. Four circles will be taped to one side of the train, and four wheels will be taped to the other side of the train.


Step 8

Tie a cord around the train, and fashion a loop that will be used for hanging the piñata. Balance the cord, so the train will hang evenly.


Step 9

Combine the flour and water in a bowl, and mix well.

Step 10

Cut newspaper into strips.

Step 11

Dip a strip into the flour solution and remove excess liquid.

Step 12

Place the strip on the train. Continue adding wet strips, laying them in a crisscross pattern. Cover the entire engine. Allow to dry. Add three more layers, drying between each layer. Do not secure the flap on the top, leave that so it can be opened like a small door, to add candy.

Step 13

Paint the exterior of the train. Paint in details, such as the color of the wheels and a window in the cab. When it's dry, fill it with candy, hang it and enjoy.


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