DIY Unicorn Piñata

Here is a fact we all know…kids love Pinatas… they’re fun, and carry alot of yummy treats. Only Problem, we currently live in Morocco and they aren’t so popular here. Only a few party stores carry them and they were way too overpriced…. $45 to be exact! Yes you read it right!!  They also didn’t  match my daughter’s birthday party theme (unicorns) so i decided to make my own piñata that cost me less that less that $5.

What you need:

  • cardboard
  • coffee filters
  • food colouring
  • marker
  • scissors
  • glue
  • tape
  • ribbons
  • gold and black paper (to make the horn and the eyes)


  1. first you need to color your coffee filters: mix water and food colouring of your choice. I used around 20 drops in 2 litres of water to reach a pink tint, add more if you want your piñata darker or less if you want it lighter (make sure you color your coffee filter two shades darker than the desired color because it drys lighter) remove the filters from the color-water mix, let dry over night or as long as it takes)
  2. draw a horse shape on a large peace of cardboard, cut it out and draw around it in another large peace of cardboard. the goal is to have two horse shape cardboard pieces that are the same size.
  3. cut a strip (or strips) of cardboard as wide as you want your piñata to be!
  4. loosen up your strip by rolling it up.

    easy diy unicorn piñata
  5. start taping the strips to one cardboard horse body, starting on the edge and when your strip ends use another one, make sure you adjust your cardboard strip to the shape of the horse by bending it on every edge!
  6. continue until it looks like a horse shape bowl.
  7. tape the other side of your horse and make sure you leave a little door on the back of the horse to insert you candy.
  8. glue your ribbons first to create the unicorn hair and tail.
  9. cut your coffee filters into strips and fringe them leaving about 1 CM on top (it would be much easier if you use tissue paper and just fringe them, but i had coffee filters at home that’s why i used them.
  10. glue your fringed strips of coffee filters or paper tissue to your horse, starting from the bottom and working your way up. 
  11. cut two eyes shapes from you black paper and fold your gold paper to create the horn and attach them on their place 

Tip: if the kids are too small you can make a pull on piñata by attaching coloured ribbons the the lower side of your piñata, and cut through the tape on the lower side to make it easier to tear.

most importantly have so much fun and enjoy  the giggles from the little ones trying to crack it!

Stay happy, so much love and light from Morocco, xo.

6 thoughts on “DIY Unicorn Piñata

  1. That is the most fantastic pinata ever! I spent waaaaay too much money on them each year when my kids were young. Your step by step instructions are perfect. Great post.


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