This Cinco De Mayo, join in the celebration by making this fun yet simple Donkey piñata! Not only can you use this for Cinco De Mayo, but it is a great addition to a birthday party or other event!

Here are the supplies needed to get started:

  • RoseArt School Glue or Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Broadline Marker
  • Cardboard Box
  • Colorful Tissue Paper
  • Ruler
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors
  • Rope or String

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First, disassemble your cardboard box and begin to outline a donkey on one of the sides. Our box was approximately 16x16x7.

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Cut the donkey out, and then trace the cut out donkey onto another piece of cardboard. Cut the second donkey out and set aside.

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To combine the two cardboard donkeys together, cut 3-inch wide strips with the remaining cardboard. Tape them to your two donkey pieces to make it 3D. Use your clear packing tape to secure the pieces together.

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As you assemble, poke a hole through the donkey’s neck or back and loop the string through. This will be the string from which you hang the piñata.

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On the topside of the donkey, leave a small space so that you can add the candy later.

Now let’s decorate!

Start to cover underside of the donkey with your tissue paper. Use the packing tape to secure it in place. It doesn’t have to be perfect; you just want to cover the cardboard.

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Next, trim the tissue paper into 3” wide strips. Cut slits down the length of the strip to create a fringe effect. You can be efficient and fold the strips in half and stack a few colors on top of each other.

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Take one color of tissue paper and begin to cover the donkey with your RoseArt School Glue. Start at the bottom of the donkey and then work your way up.

As you continue up the legs and into the body, use different colors of tissue paper to make the piñata more festive. In the legs and body of the piñata, we used four rows of tissue paper for each color. As you continue working up the head, you will use more.

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Once you are done, trim the excess tissue paper to keep the shape.

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Draw an eye or adhere googly eyes to the face. Cut out two ears from the cardboard, cover with tissue paper and glue to the donkey’s head.


Voila! You can leave your piñata out for decoration, or hang it outside! Happy Cinco De Mayo!