Piñatas are classic party decor that will never go out of style. The great thing about them is that you don’t have to fill them with candy in order to enjoy them. Sometimes it’s better just to make them as hanging decor for a themed party! And if you don’t break into them, you can reuse them for future events as well. With Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays in mind, we created this tissue paper star-shaped piñata collection that you can craft up for some patriotic decor.
We created our tissue paper star-shaped piñata collection using our Americana tissue paper, which includes red, white, blue, gold stripe, and gold star tissue papers. Technically it’s frosted tissue paper, which will give your star piñatas some slight shimmer. You want your stars to shine bright, after all!
Once you have your tools and materials, just follow the tutorial below. We’ve included written instructions as well as a step-by-step photo tutorial as downloads below. But if you have any questions while crafting, just let us know. Once you learn this crafting technique, you can use it to make star piñatas that fit tons of different party themes!
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- Hand Held Balloon Pump
- 15″ Metal Ruler
- Cutting Mat
- Detail Knife
- Craft Scissors
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Paint Brush
- Lia Griffith Tissue Paper – Americana
- Star Balloon
- 20-Gauge Steel Wire
- White Twine
- Wheat Paste
- Mod Podge
- Acrylic Paint (to match tissue paper colors)
How to Make a Tissue Paper Star-Shaped Piñata
- Gather the craft tools and materials listed above. Then fill your star balloon with the pump.
- Tear newspaper into strips and mix wheat paste according to the package instructions.
- Dip newspaper into the wheat paste, sliding between fingers to remove any excess, and lay on top of piñata in overlapping strips. It’s helpful to have a few long strips that wrap all the way around the balloon as a framework.
- Cover the entire balloon with the strips and allow to dry.
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Because piñatas are meant to hang as statement pieces at your celebration, we recommend using fishing line to string your tissue paper star-shaped piñatas. It will be strong enough to hold the star, and the invisible line will make it look like the stars are gently floating in the breeze.
The tissue tassels are optional of course, but we think they add a nice touch to the look! If you want to continue the theme with your star-shaped piñata, you can add a quick-sew star garland as the tail instead.
As your gear up for your Memorial Day or Fourth of July celebrations, be sure to read our list of favorite easy DIY Fourth of July decorations that you can make for the occasions. And check out our heart shaped piñata for a similar project to this, or tell us your project suggestions in the comments below!
We would love to see your crafty makes, so be sure to share your photos with us and tag us in your Instagram posts. We may just repost your photo as part of #MadeWithLia! If you’ve been curious about what empowering your creative side can do for you, head over to our membership page to learn more. See you there! ~ Lia & team