Confession: I’ve never made a piñata before. That alone should tell you that this football piñata is pretty darn easy.
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Brown Crepe Paper
- White Cardstock
- School Glue
- Masking Tape
- Craft Knife
I started by making a template from a piece of scrap paper, then I cut out two matching football shapes from an old shipping box. I used masking tape to attach a strip of paperboard (I used an old soda case) around the edge of one football shape. Pro tip: don’t use blue painters tape or you’re spend more time than you would like trying to make sure you’ve completely covered all of the blue on your piñata.
Before attaching the other side of the football, create a small hole with your craft knife and insert a loop of string. That will be used to hang your piñata. I knotted on the string on the inside and covered it with a few strips of tape to make sure everything was secure. You can also stuff with candy at this point, or leave a small hole to add candy later.
The hardest part of the whole project was finding brown crepe paper. Apparently brown is not a popular party color. Who knew? I ended up ordering it from Amazon. Everything else I already had sitting around the house.
You’ll need to make lots and lots of crepe paper fringe. I folded over a few lengths of crepe paper on top of each other to make multple pieces of fringe at the same time. Then just glue into place, layering as you go. If you miss a spot, go the wrong way or basically in any way screw this up, it’s pretty easy to remove the crepe paper and/or cover it up with more crepe paper. Once everything was glued into place, I just used my scissors to cut around the edges. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect-no piñata is!
After the glue is dried and the crepe paper is trimmed, finish off your football with some laces. You can hand cut these from cardstock, or use your Silhouette if you have one. (Grab the cut file here.)
Now it’s possible that you’ll love your football piñata too much to destroy it, but I say hitting it with a stick could be highly therapeutic if your team doesn’t win.