I just can't spend $15-$20 dollars on something that only costs $1-$2 to make! Especially when it is something that is going to get smashed and thrown away anyway!
It took me about 2 hours to make, and it was fun! :)
The kids were pleased with it, and I was pleased with the savings. Win, win!
Wanna make one? Here is what you'll need:
A Large Cereal Box
A Package of Tissue Paper ($1 at Dollar Tree!!)
Piece of String
Also Helpful: Xacto Knife, Cutting Mat
Flatten out your cereal box, and cut the front and back of the box off. Lay the two pieces together on your cutting mat, and cut out the number you'd like. (or use scissors)
Using the remaining cardboard, cut 4" wide strips. Tape the strips together into one long strip, and score both sides of the strip with your Xacto Knife or one side of scissors. You want to score it the short way, not up and down the length of cardboard.
Using your masking tape, tape the strip around the edges of the front piece, and then the back piece.
Be sure to cut a little flap in the top of the pinata, as well as a little hole to put your string through! (Refer to 2nd image above)
Use your glue stick to cover your pinata in a layer of tissue paper.
Cut long strips of tissue paper a couple inches tall, and then make slits in the opposite direction using scissors.
Glue the tissue paper fringes around your pinata, starting at the bottom.
Fill with candy/treats/prizes, and let the kids wreck your work! ;)