DIY Graduation Cap Piñata

Updated on April 30, 2018
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Bernadyn is a writer, blogger, and social media influencer. She's written for various publications while writing for her own blog.

Let kids have fun breaking this cap open for their graduation or end-of-the-year celebration.
Let kids have fun breaking this cap open for their graduation or end-of-the-year celebration. | Source

End of Another School Year

As the school year comes to an end for many students, there will be celebrations to honor the recent graduates. My little boy will be graduating kindergarten this year, and it’s going to be a day I know I will want to remember. I want the day to be special for him since it is, after all, his big day. He received smiley faces every day, good grades on his report card, and high remarks from his teachers. We are so proud of him! We will be having a small celebration for him to reward him for the good school year he had and all the new things he learned.

I made a few fun homemade graduation projects to honor his moment to shine. One of his favorite activities at a party is when there is a piñata. After all, what kid can resist a piñata filled with treats?

Make a Piñata From Upcycled Material

I have so many cardboard boxes, like cereal boxes, as well as poster board and other craft items that I want to make the most of instead of just throwing them away. Usually, things like food boxes and other small boxes can be reused with my kids to do some fun art and craft projects.

I decided to make the piñata using some leftover poster board, tissue paper, one cardboard side of a notebook, and leftover rope-like twine.

What You'll Need

1. Small poster board

2. 1-2 sheets black tissue paper

3. 1 large black button

4. Thick twine

5. Tape

6. Glue

7. Candy and other items to fill the piñata

8. Scissors

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I evened out the top later to make it level.Then, I cut the bottom to fit more snug after sticking it onto the body.I taped the inside and the outside.  You can add glue, too, to make it more secure.  The idea is for the bottom part to be the one to fall out when it gets hit a few times.
I evened out the top later to make it level.
I evened out the top later to make it level. | Source
Then, I cut the bottom to fit more snug after sticking it onto the body.
Then, I cut the bottom to fit more snug after sticking it onto the body. | Source
I taped the inside and the outside.  You can add glue, too, to make it more secure.  The idea is for the bottom part to be the one to fall out when it gets hit a few times.
I taped the inside and the outside. You can add glue, too, to make it more secure. The idea is for the bottom part to be the one to fall out when it gets hit a few times. | Source
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How to Make a Graduation Cap Piñata

1. Start by deciding how big you want the piñata to be. A small poster board will still make a good size piñata for a small group of kids. My piñata measured out to be 8 inches in length and 7 ½ inches in height.
2. Measure the bottom of the cylinder and cut enough of the poster board left to cover the bottom. I cut off a little extra at first. After I taped it down, I cut around it to fit the cylinder shape.
3. Tape the bottom to the body inside and outside. You can also glue it to make sure it is extra secure, but I found that taping it first was easier.
4. Start working on covering the piñata with the tissue paper. First, cover the bottom of the piñata with tissue paper.

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5. Then, cut strips of the black tissue paper, about two inches wide, to cover the body of the piñata.
6. Cut small strips on the large strips to make the fray.
7. Glue the strips onto the body, making your way around the entire graduation cap. Overlap the strips a little bit to cover the entire cap.
8. Add the graduation year to the front of the cap. I used the rest of the poster board to cut out the numbers for the year. Glue on the numbers.
9. Use thick, strong twine to hang the piñata. I used this white rope-like twine.
I decided to hang it by the sides instead of the top of the cap. You can hang it by the top, but just remember that the button for the tassel will be centered at the top as well.
10. Punch holes on the side of the cap and pulled the twine through, securing them with knots.
11. We need to make the top of the graduation cap. I used one side of a cardboard notebook. You can use the poster board if you have any left or the front or back side of a large cereal box if it is enough to cover the top of the cap.
12. Cover the top with black tissue paper.

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I decided not to center the button since I knew the tassel wouldn't hang down long enough on the side.
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I decided not to center the button since I knew the tassel wouldn't hang down long enough on the side.
I decided not to center the button since I knew the tassel wouldn't hang down long enough on the side. | Source

13. Glue the large black button onto the center of the top. I chose to stick my button closer toward the edge since I knew the tassel wouldn’t be long enough to hang over the way I wanted.
14. Take the twine and cut enough strips of it to resemble a tassel on a graduation cap.
15. Wrap the twine around the button and tie a knot. Make sure the tassel is secure with the button.
16. Fill the piñata with candy, stickers, small toys, light school supplies, etc.
Cut out another cover for the top of the cap that fits the cylinder shape. Tape and glue it down.
17. Glue down the top of the cap securely to the body, and your piñata is done!

Easier and Less Messy

I usually have my sister make the piñata since she has more experience making them. She typically uses the flour paste to make paper mache. This way of using poster board, however, was easier, less time-consuming, and less messy!

Ideas of Goodies to Place in Piñata

School Supplies
Dollar Treats
Toys
Small crayon packs
Tiny notebooks
Toy bracelets
Erasers
Small balls
Bookmarks
Candy
Dollar Bills
Small craft kits
Stickers
DIY coupons
Toy rings
Here's a free printable you can print and place on your pinata or use for a sign decor.
Here's a free printable you can print and place on your pinata or use for a sign decor. | Source
Here's another design I was dabbling with if anyone's interested in using it.
Here's another design I was dabbling with if anyone's interested in using it. | Source

Be Prepared for Graduation Day!

I remember how proud I was of my little boy last year at his spring program for preschool. They sang sweet songs and then had an award ceremony afterward where each kid received medals. It was a bittersweet moment for us, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. Now, in a few short days, I will be experiencing his kindergarten awards ceremony. I feel the water works starting already! Graduation is a proud time for students, young and old; honor your graduate with a fun graduation cap piñata to break open on his special day.

Good-Bye, School Year

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  • BNadyn profile imageAUTHOR

    Bernadyn 

    4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    FlourishAnyway, it was fun for the kids, something extra to celebrate with! Thank you, I enjoyed creating this. :)

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    Bernadyn 

    4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Glimmer Twin Fan, thank you and it was fun to make!

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    FlourishAnyway 

    4 years ago from USA

    This is fun and a way to celebrate the end of the school year. I love your creativity.

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    4 years ago

    Well it's past graduation season but this is a great tutorial for making a pinata! How fun.

  • BNadyn profile imageAUTHOR

    Bernadyn 

    4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Mona, it was much easier than using the flour paste that I normally use and I was able to put a lot of left over cardboard and poster board to use.

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    Bernadyn 

    4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, travmaj, glad you liked it!

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    Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

    4 years ago from Philippines

    This is very useful. I love the way you upcycled such basic materials to make this pinata. Great hub.

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    travmaj 

    4 years ago from australia

    You have such creative ideas - love this one.

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    Bernadyn 

    4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Bill - it's probably still a happy and proud moment every time a former student graduates!

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    Bill Holland 

    4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I always seem to have someone graduating. After 18 years of teaching, there is always a former student graduating from high school or college...great craft idea. Thanks!

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