Doll Craft Make a Doll Sized Pinata


doll pinata

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, which is a celebration of Mexican Heritage in America.

I thought it would be fun to make a doll sized Piñata. Before writing this post I had never made a Piñata before and this one is virtually mess free.

To make your own Doll Sized Piñata you will need:

  • cardboard
  • a cardboard toilet paper tube
  • pencil
  • paper
  • star stencil or other shape you wish to make your Piñata
  • image of the American Girl Logo, I used an advertisement from American Girl you can print your own, use the catalog or stickers if you would like.
  • a glue stick
  • party streamers
  • a popsicle stick
  • a hole punch
  • a piece of yarn or string

supplies to make doll size pinata

Step 1– Choose your shape. I drew a star shape on paper cut it out and then traced it onto cardboard. You will need two stars, so trace and cut out two from your cardboard.

supplies to make doll size pinata

Step 2– Cut your toilet tube in half as shown in the photo above. You will only need half.

Step 3– Cut slits 1/2 inch all along your toilet tube one each end as shown in the photo below.

how to make a doll sized pinata

Step 4– When you have cut the slits all the way around one side repeat on the other.

how to make a doll sized pinata

Step 5– Fold your edges back as shown above.

how to make a doll sized pinata

Step 6– Add glue to the center of your stars and press onto your toilet paper tube, repeat on the other side.

how to make a doll sized pinata

Step 7– Place a bit of glue in the center of the outside of your star. Place one end of your party streamer over the glue and begin wrapping your star, adding glue as you go.

how to make a doll sized pinata

It takes a while to cover the star, use glue as you go and keep wrapping. If you need to tear off some and start on a different angle that is okay to just add extra glue.

how to make a doll sized pinata

Step 8– When you have covered your star, add some decorations to the points. I had left over party streamers with fringe, if you do not have this you can use a different color party streamer around your points. Glue into place

American Girl doll sized pinata instructions

Step 9– Cut out and add your American Girl Logo to your Piñata, glue it in place.

Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top of your Piñata  and thread your string through so you can hang your Piñata!

American Girl doll sized pinata instructions

Step 10– To make your piñata stick add glue to your stick and wrap party streamer around your stick. I cut slits in mine to give it a fringe look. To get your doll to hold the stick use an elastic in her hand.

American Girl doll sized pinata instructions

Your Piñata is ready to use and enjoy! This is a great craft not only for Cinco de Mayo, but it would make a fun birthday party craft/favor, too!

I can not wait to share more crafts with you next week!


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  1. Isabella says:

    This is so cute! I’m so going to make this.

  2. maddie says:

    who is that doll in the last picture

  3. agisthebest says:

    i love those outfits and this craft is awesome!

  4. Sharry says:

    Very nice! Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!

  5. Hayley says:

    Love the craft and outfits 😀

  6. HI Ladies, I made the outfits, the dolls are Chrissa and my doll “Abby” which I think is a pre Mattel doll she has the wildest hair ever!
    I am glad you liked the craft!

  7. agisthebest says:

    karen you did such a good job on those outfits, and the crafts!

  8. Megan says:


  9. Hayley says:

    Karen – the way you know if your Abby doll is pre Mattel is if you squeeze the limbs if there squishy it’s pre Mattel if there hard there Mattel 😀
    Hope this helps you find out if its pre Mattel or Mattel

  10. Mary says:

    Wow! I love it! Hey Karen, I LOVE the bating suit tops, are they made from the Liberty Jane pattern? Also, your Abby is just SO cute!

  11. Thanks ladies, thanks Hayley! Mary I did not use a pattern, I will have to show you all how I did it in an up coming post. I did sew it though, Karen

  12. Laurie says:

    This is so cute!

  13. Abigail says:

    I love this! So imaginative and easy!

  14. Hayley says:

    Your welcome Karen

  15. Gillian says:

    This is so adorable i just made it and i love it SO much! Great idea!

  16. daniella says:


  17. marcie91 says:

    How cool is this and since my son’s birthday is next week I have all these supplies in my craft room. I cant wait to make this.

  18. Chloe says:

    Omg!! Perfect timing!! My birthday partys tomorrow! :)

  19. thanks everyone I have so much fun creating for all of you!

  20. Sarah says:

    AH! I love Cinco De Mayo! Only because I was supposed to be born that day. : ) But, I wasn’t. Lol! This is an awesome craft! I can’t wait to try it!

  21. claire says:

    karen you are the best crafter ever! i look forward to seeing your posts all week! thanks from all of us for sharing your greatness!!!

  22. Thank you Claire! Happy Birthday Chloe!

  23. Chloe says:

    Thanks Karen, it’s really Wednesday though but yay!!! Thank u! :) =)

  24. Natalia says:

    Chloe, is your birthday on the 9th of May? Because if it is, that’s cool, cause mine is on the 8th!

  25. Megan says:

    Karen- how big do you think the star needs to be?


  26. Hayley says:

    Hey Karen did you find out if Abby is a pre Mattel or Mattel doll yet ?

  27. she feels like all the others but her neck stamp says Pleasant Company.

  28. Maria says:

    Karen how do you come up with such great ideas?

  29. cecille says:

    thats funny my dads bday is on the 8th

  30. Megz you can make your star as large as you want my star is about 10 inches at its points.
    Maria, thank you, sometimes they just come to me, sometimes I think about them for a while and sometimes I look at something and say, how can I make that into something for doll play!

  31. granof4 says:

    Thanks Karen for a terrific idea. This is one we will do since grand #1 has Josefina.