Colorful crafts for Cinco de Mayo

What's more fun than celebrating Cinco de Mayo with homemade piñata cookies? How about celebrating with piñata cookies and these great piñata cookie-inspired crafts for kids!

Piñata-inspired maracas

Pinata-inspired maracas craftWhat you'll need:

  • balloons
  • newspaper
  • bowl
  • flour
  • whisk
  • dry beans
  • toilet paper tubes
  • scissors
  • bright colored tissue paper
  • glue
  • tape

What you'll do:

  1. Inflate two balloons so that they are the same size.
  2. Cut the newspaper into long strips that are 1-inch wide.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together 2 parts flour with 1 part water.
  4. Dip the paper strips in the flour mixture. Lay the paper strips over the balloons alternating directions until the entire balloon is covered. Set the balloons aside to dry.
  5. Once the paper has dried, pop the balloon and remove it. Fill the maraca with a handful of beans and tape the opening closed to keep the beans inside.
  6. Use tape to attach a paper tube to the bottom of the maraca.
  7. Cut the tissue paper into 1-inch strips. Use your scissors to cut slits along one side of the tissue paper to create fringe.
  8. Starting at the bottom, glue the tissue paper strips to the maraca. Keep adding strips to the maraca, alternating colors, until the entire maraca is covered.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 for the second maraca.

Colorful sombreros

Pinata-inspired sombreros craft

What you'll need:

  • Child size sombreros
  • wide ribbon
  • narrow ribbon
  • jumbo ric rac
  • pom pom fringe
  • measuring tape
  • glue
  • scissors

What you'll do:

  1. Measure around the base of the middle of the hat, and also around the brim of the hat. Write down your measurements.
  2. Cut a piece of wide ribbon that is long enough to wrap around the center of the hat, and glue it to the hat.
  3. Cut a piece of narrow ribbon and jumbo ric rac and glue them in place over the wide ribbon.
  4. Cut a piece of pom pom fringe that is long enough to wrap around the brim of the hat. Glue the pom pom fringe to the brim of the hat.
  5. Once the glue is dry, your sombrero is ready to wear!
Image credit: Amy Vowles

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