DIY donut piñata tutorial

Decor, activity and snack, all in one—we love a good piñata. No matter how old your or your guests are, this donut piñata is pretty much a guaranteed hit. So grab your tissue paper and scissors and let's get crafting!


  • Tissue paper
  • Crepe paper (in a different color from your tissue paper)
  • Large pearl sprinkles
  • Cardboard
  • Craft paper
  • String
  • School glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Pen
  • Tape
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
Evite DIY Donut Pinata Materials


Step 1: Start by tracing a large, everyday circular object on a piece of cardboard. We used a lamp shade. Trace a second one so your donut has a front and back side. Grab a smaller circular object (a bowl, for example) and trace it in the middle of your larger circle—this will be the donut hole. Cut it out with an X-Acto knife, then place the larger circle (now donut-shaped) on top of the other circle. Trace the inner circle and cut it out of both larger circles. This will ensure that your donut holes match up. You should now have two identical cardboard donuts.

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Step 1

Step 2: Next we’ll create the sides using craft paper. You can also do this with cardboard, but craft paper is easier to work with when creating rounded sides. Measure your donut hole by placing the craft paper inside. Cut the paper to size and then tape it into a column that fits the donut hole. Stick this column into the hole, then snip 1-inch sections about two inches apart all the way around the top edge of the column. Fold the sections down onto the cardboard and tape them down.

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Step 2

Step 3: Follow the same process to create the outer edge of the donut. This time, cut your 1-inch sections before you tape the craft paper into a column. Wrap it around the cardboard donut, fold down your 1-inch sections and tape them in place. Flip your donut over and trim the top edge of the outer column of craft paper so that it is level with the center column.

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Step 3

Step 4: Before we add the other side of the donut, we need to cut a trap door in the side of the donut by making three slices with your X-Acto knife. This is where you will add treats, so make sure it’s big enough for your candy to fit inside! Fold the door back to open it.

Next cut a long piece of string or rope. Poke a hole in the outer column of craft paper and then in the inner column as well. Thread your string through both holes, then tie a few knots at the bottom to secure it. Cut 1-inch sections on the outer and inner columns of craft paper. Then place the back side of the donut on top, filing the center column through the hole and ensuring the 1-inch sections on the outer column are not folded under the cardboard. Fold the sections over the back side and tape them in place.

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Step 4

You’re halfway there! Time for some color, wouldn’t you say?

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Step 5

Step 5: Cut fringe out of your tissue paper. This part will serve as the base of the donut (the dough in donut), so keep that in mind when choosing a color. Layer your tissue paper and cut long strips, then make small snips on one edge to create fringe. You’re going to need a ton, so make yourself a nice big pile. To adhere your fringe, squeeze a thin line of school glue along the top edge.

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Step 6

Step 6: Starting from the outer edge of the donut, layer each section of fringe on top of the next, allowing the bottom edge of fringe to show. Once you’ve worked your way around the donut, glue longer pieces of tissue paper on the back side of the donut and wrap them into the hole to cover the back and middle sections. No need to cover the front; you’ll be adding frosting and sprinkles, so it doesn’t need fringe. Don’t forget to keep the trap door open! Add your fringe around the door so you can actually stuff this little guy.

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Step 7

Step 7: Last part! For the frosting, place your crepe paper on top of the donut and cut out a circle. It doesn’t have to be perfect — it’s frosting, after all! Adhere it to the donut with hot glue, then add sprinkles to the top. If you don’t want to add real sprinkles, cut some jimmies out of paper.

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Step 8

There you have it!

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Brit and Co

Filling this donut with real donuts might make a giant mess, but we think it would be adorable to put donut holes in clear goody bags and stuff those inside.

Evite DIY Donut Pinata Brit and Co
Evite DIY Donut Pinata Brit and Co

Craft and pictures courtesy of Brit + Co.

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