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DIY Minecraft Creeper Piñata

If there is a Minecraft fan in the house then this DIY Minecraft Creeper piñata is for you. With a few household items you will have a piñata in no time!

A Minecraft Creeper piñata

Easy Homemade Piñata for Minecraft Fans

In the past the piñatas I have made have been out of newspaper and homemade paste (paper mache). To see that process check out this tutorial. That was the plan for this piñata but with the evolution of online news I found it surprisingly hard to find enough newspaper. So I needed a new plan for my piñata making.

A paper mache dragon piñata.
A dragon piñata I made out of paper mache
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That’s when I was introduced to making a piñata with a cardboard box. It sounded much easier than messing with paper mache and waiting for it to dry (over and over and over). You’ll just need a few household items to make this DIY Minecraft Creeper piñata.

5 Easy Steps to Make a Minecraft Creeper Piñata

Step 1: Gathering Supplies

First things first, gather your supplies. You will need a cardboard box, glue sticks, green crepe paper and a piece of black paper, paracord (or some other strong rope/string to tie it shut), scissors and some candy. That’s it!

Step 2: Picking a Minecraft Creeper box

The trick to the Creeper is finding the right size of box. You can find one at the store like this one from Walmart for about $1.50. The only problem is it’s more of a rectangle shape than the square we are wanting for the Creeper.

After looking around online I ended up using a box I had received in the mail. It was also more of a rectangle but I was easily able to fix that by cutting the end of the box all the way around and then moving the cut portion farther into the box. Once it was in the square shape I wanted I was able to tape it in place. Tada!

A cardboard box cut and repositioned to make a square.
The cut box repositioned to make a square
The cut and repositioned box taped together on the outside.
The repositioned box taped together

Before beginning the crepe paper use a hole punch to put holes on the outside flaps of the lid that will close the box. The holes will be at the edge of the flap (closest to the center) and similar holes on the opposite flap. The idea is to make it so you can “sew” it up at the end.

Holes at the top of the piñata for "sewing" shut.

Step 3: Cutting Your Crepe Paper

2 rolls of crepe paper.
You can find crepe paper at your local dollar store

Now it’s time to grab your crepe paper. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. You can find it at your local dollar store. I purchased 2 rolls of green crepe paper and only ended up using one. Depending on how close together you put the crepe paper you may use more than one.

First you will need to cut the crepe paper into strips and then cut it into fringe. You will want each strip of crepe paper to be long enough to overlap a bit onto the next side of the box (going horizontally).

A strip of crepe paper starting to be cut.

You will also need to cut the crepe paper strip about 3/4 of the way up (not cutting all the way through). These cuts will be about 1/4-1/2 inch apart.

Several strips of crepe paper cut and ready to go
Several strips of crepe paper cut and ready to go

To make this little DIY project go even faster you can layer a few rows of crepe paper to cut at the same time.

Crepe paper stacked and ready to cut.
Layered crepe paper ready for cutting

Step 4: Gluing Creeper Crepe Paper

With your crepe paper cut into strips and fringed you are ready to start gluing. The simplest way I found to glue was using a glue stick. You’ll start by placing the crepe paper on the sides of the box so pick a side to start on.

Run a line of glue along one side of the box starting at the bottom. Then quickly press a strip of crepe paper to the glue. You only need to glue down the part of the crepe paper that you did not fringe. I chose to do the bottom of each side of the box before moving up a row.

The first 2 rows of crepe paper fringe on the box.
Add a new line of glue to your DIY Minecraft Creeper just above the row you just finished

After finishing a row around all the sides of the box then move to the next row. Place a line of glue just above the crepe paper row you just finished and add a second row to each side of the box. Continue adding crepe paper row by row around the box.

The main body of the box crepe papered.
The main body of the Creeper crepe papered

For a fuller look you can make the rows closer together. For a less full look glue them further apart. Continue by adding crepe paper to the top flaps of the box. Don’t forget to use your black paper to add your Creeper eyes, nose and mouth.

You can also add crepe paper strips to the bottom of the piñata. Before adding the paper I chose to poke the box and make some small holes. I was worried it might be indestructible so I wanted to add a little weakness to ensure it would eventually be broken open.

Small holes in the bottom of the piñata.
Scoring the bottom of the piñata may help it break open when it’s time

Step 5: Final Touches on Your DIY Minecraft Creeper Piñata

The last step is filling the box and closing it up. Grab your candy and toys and whatever else you are putting into your piñata and fill it up (make sure it’s not too heavy).

Next, take your paracord or other strong rope/string and sew it up. Be sure to leave enough at the end to tie it back to the beginning creating a handle. This is what you will later hang your piñata from.

Top of the piñata all sewn together.
That’s it! Your piñata is ready for the party.
Piñata on a table with cake and gifts.

Be creative with how and where you hang it. Then find a plastic bat or stick and let the fun begin with your DIY Minecraft Creeper piñata!

Piñata hanging ready to be hit.

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