A Home Made Ghost Pinata

I made this pinata last year for our Halloween party but never got around to sharing it. This project is easy and lots of fun as long as you are not a perfectionist with your decorations.

Since the name of the game around here is use what you have this project was totally free. I used newspaper, a balloon, flour, water, salt, crepe paper, and construction paper.

I started by covering an inflated balloon with strips of newspaper using a glue/water/salt combination. I would not use this method again since it was just difficult to spread the cold flour mixture all over. Instead, I would just use a mixture of half glue and half water. I’ve used that in the past and it’s a great consistency.


Over a period of days I added several layers of the newspaper. When I felt I had a sturdy enough oval I cut a flap in the bottom of the pinata and deflated the balloon in order to remove it.


Next I grabbed white crepe paper which was leftover from someone’s birthday party and covered the entire oval using a glue gun. *Remember to leave a spot open in the top so that you can hang your creation somehow.



The next step was to glue on long pieces so the “ghost” would in fact look like a ghost.

At  this point you can place the candy or trinkets into the bottom of the pinata flap and then glue it shut with some pieces of crepe paper.


My five year old then helped me create a face for our ghost which we glued on.


And here she is in all her glory getting whacked by my daughter at the party.


Once someone busted open the pinata and everything fell out it was as if they had never seen Halloween stickers, bubbles, pencils, toys, plastic fingers and spiders before.



I’ll definitely be making another pinata this year – this one served us well.

This entry was posted in crafts, Holidays, paper craft. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.