The minions from Despicable Me are getting their own movie later this year and we couldn’t resist throwing a big yellow minion party to celebrate!
So today we’re going to show you how we made our very own minion piñata out of papier maché. We’ve broken it down into a few easy steps and once finished we can guarantee that it’ll be a hit at your party!
Minion piñata step-by-step tutorial
Making a piñata is nowhere near as hard as it sounds but there are a few drying stages so we’d recommend getting it ready a few days before your party.
The first step is to make the framework for your piñata. Start by blowing up a balloon and then folding a large piece of cardboard into a tube-shape around it. We made a large piñata so ours was about 40cm tall and 25cm wide. You can make yours whatever size you like.
Once you’ve done this stage, it should look like this. If the cardboard is wrapped tightly enough around the balloon it should stay in place without needing to stick it on.
The next stage of making your minion piñata is to cover the whole thing in papier maché. For this you’ll need loads of strips of newspaper and some watered down PVA glue.
Dip each strip of newspaper in the glue mixture and place it onto the piÃ±ata, using a paint brush to glue it down. Once you’ve completed a layer, leave it to dry before doing another. You’ll probably need about 3-4 layers in total (you don’t want it to be too hard or you won’t be able to break it).
Play it by ear covering the top as you may need a little extra papier maché to make it look the right shape.
Once all your papier maché is dry, it’s time to get painting. Paint the whole thing yellow with some acrylic paint. If you find the newspaper print is still showing through the paint, you may need a few extra layers.
Then add some crepe paper to give your piñata a traditional look. This can be a little bit fiddly but we’ve got a handy method to make it a little bit easier.
Take a long strip of yellow crepe paper that will fit all the way around the piñata (something like this) and only glue the top half to the piñata. Take a pair of scissors and cut small slits a centimetre apart all the way around the strip of crepe paper. Repeat this as many time as is necessary to cover the whole thing.
Download our free printables
Now all that’s left is to stick your minion’s arms, legs, eyes, mouth and clothes on.
Luckily you for you, we’ve made a printable outfit that you can just cut out and stick on your minion piñata.
Then turn the piñata upside down to fill it with sweets and cover the bottom with a few layers of tissue paper so that they don’t fall out. Make sure you have a piñata stick and a blindfold – you could use something makeshift or get something from our range of piñata accessories.
And if you’ve never played this before, brush up on the rules using our handy piñata guide.