Planning the food for your 4th of July party is the least of your worries — how are you going to keep all those kiddos entertained?! You could go for store-bought toys and games, but where’s the savings in that?
At last, we’ve found the solution! A super affordable and fun 4th of July DIY piñata for only $3. That’s right, we said three dollars. As a bonus, your littles can help out with this project, which means you’re getting extra kid entertainment time. Now that’s priceless!
Want to know how we did it? Find out how we made our $3 4th of July DIY Piñata below!
Here’s what we grabbed at the Dollar Store:
- 2 tissue paper packs in patriotic colors
- 1 pack of large sweater boxes (contains 2 boxes)
Here’s what we had on hand to help make this DIY piñata:
- White school glue
- Hot glue gun
- String or ribbon
First, unwrap the sweater boxes and tear the box corners apart to flatten out the box.
Next, cut off the side flaps of each box. But don’t throw them away, they come into play later!
Now glue the edges of the two large, flat sweater boxes together with a hot glue gun. Overlap them by about 2-3 inches. Glue the edges of the other 2 large flat pieces together, also. Don’t worry about using a ton of glue because it’s going to get smashed to bits soon, anyway!
Draw a star (feel free to print out a template) onto each of the newly glued-together pieces and cut the stars out.
Draw in some flaps on each side of the star, about 1 inch wide. These will end up on the inside of the piñata, so it’s ok if they’re not perfect. Then cut along the edges and fold along each flap.
Now take the side flaps you cut off earlier and glue them all into a long strip — it should be 4 pieces long.
Take your two stars with folded flaps and glue the long strip onto the flaps. It helps to start gluing the strip onto one star first, then glue the second star. Be careful not to burn yourself with any hot glue!
Continue to glue the strip around the stars, but leave a little space at the end to fill the piñata with candy.
Pull a piece of string or ribbon through the top section of the star.
Now, take your tissue paper and cut it into long strips, about 3 inches wide. Then cut the strips vertically across the bottom, about 1 inch apart. If you have a little one who is good with scissors this is a great way for them to help!
Starting at the bottom of your star, use your white school glue to glue the tissue paper strips across the bottom. Layer the tissue paper strips going up the star, alternating between red and white stripes, then switch to blue about halfway up the star.
Be sure to scrunch each layer as you glue it to give it texture.
Repeat the pattern on both sides of the star and along the sides until you have a completed piñata! Stuff it with about 2 pounds of candy and get ready to have fun!