By now we’ve all seen videos of kids harming themselves and others with a bat because they were trying to break open a pinata. Make sure there are no incidents at your child’s upcoming birthday party by making individual piñatas instead. Piñatas simply hold candy and you can make easily make something to do that. All you need is a few disposable cups and you can make a much smaller version of the candy holder. Your version will be safe and fun.
Use plastic disposable cups or Styrofoam cups to make the unusual piñatas. Turn a cup upside-down and draw a circle on thin cardboard for each pinata you are making. Cut the circles out then poke a hole in the center of each one. Cut a piece of cord and glue a large bead onto one end of it. Make one of these for each cup. Thread the cord through the cardboard piece then glue a bead onto the opposite end. The cord should be long enough that it hangs out several inches from the hole. Set these aside for the moment.
Fill each cup with the selected prizes and goodies. Use candy, stickers, novelty toys and even confetti to fill the cups. They can be as full as you want them to be but should not be extremely heavy or tightly packed. Apply white glue to the rim of each cup then position a cardboard piece onto each one. Place it so that the inside bead is up against the cardboard and the cord is hanging out from the top.
After the glue has dried completely you can then decorate the individual piñatas. Tissue paper works well to cover the cup and make it colorful. Tear off tiny pieces then glue them all over the cup. Use a different color on the cup than on the lid or cover the cup with the same color, all over. You can even create designs on the cups by arranging the tissue paper into simple shapes or letters then covering the rest of the cup with a different color of tissue paper.
To open the piñatas all a child must do is hold the pinata so that the cord is hanging and pull it. The toys, candy and other surprises simply fall out. Or, they can leave the cup upright and pull. This version creates less of a mess but the upside-down version is more fun!