Pinatas shaped like our favorite fair treats, corn dogs and corn on the cobb.
DIY Picnic Pinatas
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DIY Picnic Pinatas


  • Twisty balloons
  • Paper
  • Decoupage
  • Brushes
  • Needle
  • X-acto knife
  • Small, wrapped candies
  • Scissors
  • Deli cups

To Create The Corn Dog Pinata:

  • Tan or brown paint
  • Red and yellow puff paint
  • Popsicle stick or ¼” wooden craft dowel

To Create The Grilled Corn Pinata:

  • Yellow paint
  • Yellow streamer roll
  • Green crepe paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Coarse black sand or pepper
  • Brown design master spray paint


  1. Blow up the balloons to size, knot then cut off the excess. Blow up as many as you will want pinatas.
  2. Rip up the pieces of paper into about 1” x 2” squares.
  3. Pour a splash of water into the decoupage to thin it out. Mix together.
  4. Paper mache the balloons. Paint the decoupage mix onto the balloon in small swatches as you dip the paper pieces and layer them onto the balloon. Cover each balloon completely except the knot. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
  5. Pop the balloon inside if it hasn’t already deflated then pull it out of the opening where the knot was. Repeat for each paper mache covered balloon.

To Create The Corn Dog Pinata:

  1. Shove the popsicle stick or wooden dowel into the hole of the paper mache then hot glue in place. Repeat for each pinata.
  2. Paint the pinata forms a brownish tan color. Allow to dry.
  3. Cut a door on the backside of the corn dog pinata to put the candy in. Leave one side uncut so the door swings without coming off.
  4. Put the candy in. Glue the door closed if needed, the paper mache is pretty stiff though.
  5. Flip the corn dogs over and add the “ketchup” or “mustard” puff paint squiggle. Allow to dry for 24 hours then enjoy!

To Create The Grilled Corn Pinata:

  1. Paint the paper mache forms yellow. Set aside to dry.
  2. Cut an excessively long piece of yellow streamer then fold it in halves until you have about a 4” wide folded piece.
  3. Cut slits into one side of the folded streamer to create fringe, this is what creates the kernel effect on the corn.
  4. Cut a door into the back of the pinata form then fill with candy. Glue closed to secure if desired, but the wrapping will hold the candy in.
  5. Create the husk. Cut a piece of green crepe paper into an “m” shape that is long enough to wrap around the corn. Spray with brown design master lightly to make it look grilled.
  6. With the fringe face up, adhere one end of the streamer to what will become the top of the pinata, then wrap downward toward the bottom. Secure the other end with glue, cut any excess streamer off.
  7. Wrap the “husk” around the “cobb” of the corn then glue in place to secure.
  8. If you’d like to add “pepper” spray with a little spray adhesive, then sprinkle the coarse black sand or actual pepper!
  9. Enjoy!
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