Learn how to make a pinata for under $5. We have the easiest way to make a frozen piñata for the best Frozen birthday party.

Frozen pinata ready to use.

Frozen Pinata

Do your kids love the movie Frozen? It seems that movie never gets old and my kids love it.

Store bought Elsa pinatas can be as high as $40 which is crazy. The kids are just going to beat it to tiny pieces.

I thought I would show you today how you can make a Frozen piñata for under $5. You will not believe how inexpensive and easy it is to make your own piñata. You can make this pinata to feature Anna or Elsa.

Frozen pinata ready to use.

Materials needed for homemade pinata:

Instructions on how to make a pinata:

  • Step 1Cut the Tissue paper

    Cut 4 sheets of each colored tissue paper for your pinata. Unfold the 4 sheets, then take 2 sheets at a time, and cut them 1 ½ to 2 inch strips.

    When you have cut all the strips, you will then cut half cuts into the strip to make the strips look like fringe. This is the most time consuming, but remember it doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Step 2 Figure out how you want the pinata to hang. You will want to figure out which way you would like your pinata to hang. We had ours hang so it was a square but you could turn it and have it hang like a diamond shape.

    Then put two holes for your thick twine or yarn to hold the rope that you will use to pull the pinata so that the children can hit it. You will put two holes on each side and string it through and tie it so that it’s strong enough to support the rope.

    Once you have your twine or yarn in place then use packing tape to secure the flaps on your box.
Box for pinata.
  • Step 3- Cut the opening for candy. Cut a slit into the side of the box.  You will want to make 2 more slits so that you have a part of the box that will lift up so you can stuff the candy inside. 

    You will want to make the small hole at the top of your cardboard box.  It will not matter if your going to make a square or triangle pinata.

Box for pinata.

Continue Covering the box

  • Step 4 Glue Tissue on the front of your box. You will start with any corner that you want in the front of your Pinata.  Take one of your strips, hold it up to the box and cut it where it will only over lap the sides a little bit.

    Next, cut it there. You will add Elmer’s glue to the strip where the flap is not at. Then apply it to your box at the tip of the corner as shown above.

    Then continue to rotate the colors until you’re ¼ of the way down as shown below.
Covering box in tissue paper.

Alternate colors

  • Step 5 Continue to glue the corners. Then move to the next corner and repeat until you have all the corners complete.  You can use your Plate or Balloon as a guide to see how far down you would like to go down for your corners.

    Once your corners are complete you will go to the open areas between your corners and again fill in the area rotating colors so that you cover all the areas.  Leave the area where your Balloon or Plate will go blank for now.
  • Step 6 Repeat on the backside. When you start on the back of your Pinata, you will start on the top and just keep rotating the colors all the way to the bottom of the pinata. The longer areas you will need to use a strip and a ½ to 2 strips to cover the area using the same colors.

Continue Gluing

  • Step 7 Glue Tissue on the sides. Now, work on the sides of your pinata. If you have over lapped your strips on the side, they will be dry now.

    Next, lift them up a little and cut off the excess so that you can fill in the sides of the pinata and they will lay flat. You will want to start on the side where your slit is for the candy or small toys to go in the pinata.

    Start to rotate your strips on the side away from you. When you are to your flap, you will use smaller strips in front of the slit. Next, cut strips that will cover the opening and give it room to move up and down before you glue your first one on.

    Hold it tight onto the opening and make sure it won’t break when your opening and closing your opening. Then glue the strips with rotating colors and you can also use white paper.  You will now finish the other sides of your pinata in the same way that you did the side with the slit.

Let the kids help

  • Step 8Add your Plate or Balloon to the center of your Frozen Pinata. If you’re using a helium balloon you will cut the balloon to use in the middle of your pinata and just use the top character part of the balloon. If you’re using a Plate that matches your theme, you won’t need to cut it at all.

    You will now add glue around the outer edge and center of the object you are using. Then put it into place and smooth it out until completely covered.
  • Step 9 Add one last strip of tissue to around your plate. If you have space around your balloon or plate that is showing your cardboard box, then rotate strips to fill them in.

    Once this step is complete, you will want to take strips to cover the edges of your plate or balloon. Take your strip and measure around the outer edge.

    You can use smaller strips if it’s easier for you, and then go all the way around the outer edge to decorate your DIY pinata. Make sure it is completely dry and you are set for the party!
Frozen pinata ready to use.

Variation ideas

  • Boxes. You can use different styles of boxes for various shaped piñata base.
  • Party Plates. This pinata can easily be changed for any theme. You can use any party plate you want.
  • Tissue Paper. Change the colors to match any decor or party idea.

Frozen pinata ready to use.

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