Simple doesn’t mean boring! All of the piñatas on this page are based on just one or two balloons. In most cases the papier mâché work can be done in a day or two, and after that it’s all decorating. If you’re making your first piñata or if you’re on a short deadline (or both!) but you want an eye-catching piñata for a special event, you can do it – just make a simple piñata and decorate it in a creative way.
These Alien Planets are also based on one round punch ball.
The Porcupine Pufferfish piñata is based on a round punch ball with an attached cone that forms the tail section – the papier mâché work went quickly, but this piñata required almost 30 hours of decorating!
A Pig piñata is just a 12” party balloon with ears, legs, and a snout added on. Decorating these Pigasus piñatas required more time than usual, but a cute pig piñata can be made in just a couple days by decorating with crepe paper. You can find step by step instructions for making a Pig piñata on the Make a Pig page.
Heart piñatas can be made by shaping long balloons into a heart shape, or by starting with a heart-shaped Mylar balloon from a party store. Instructions for making both of these hearts are on the Make a Heart page.
Occasionally a larger piñata such as the Jill-o’-Lantern will be based on just one big punch ball, but large piñatas require considerably more papier mâché work than a typical simple piñata does. Make sure you have plenty of time if you decide to make a large piñata, because each step along the way takes longer.