It’s been a pretty exciting few months for my husband and I—we found out we’re expecting our first baby, and just a few days ago we revealed the baby’s gender with our friends and family! I’ve seen gender reveals done in some really cute ways—some people use balloons, chalkboard drawings and even cakes—and I knew I wanted to come up with my own unique idea. I eventually chose to use confetti because, well… what could be more fun than using confetti?! (Yeah, it can be messy to clean up, but it’s totally worth it!) So, with creativity in mind, I created a heart-shaped piñata that would drop either pink or blue confetti onto us.
We wanted the confetti color to be a surprise to us, so, when we were at the doctor’s office, we had our technician write down the baby’s gender and put it in a sealed envelope. We then gave that envelope to Jessica and Gwen, so they could fill the piñata without us seeing what color the confetti was. The photos couldn’t have come out any more perfect—our surprise and excitement is definitely obvious, and all of our friends and family loved getting the photos. Most of our family lives pretty far away, so even though they didn’t travel here for a gender reveal party, it still felt like they got to experience a surprise along with us when they opened our email.
The whole thing was so much fun that we wanted to share this DIY heart-shaped piñata for other moms-to-be to enjoy. I hope it brings you as much excitement as it brought us!
How to make a DIY heart shaped piñata:
Supplies for piñata:
- 2 large (unfolded) cardboard boxes
- 4 yards of rope (you may need more or less depending on where you hang it from)
- Clear packing tape
- Washi tape (used on the “door” of the piñata since it isn’t as sticky as the clear packing tape.)
- 1 large crepe paper roll (for the outside of the piñata)
- Tacky glue
- Box cutter or X-Acto knife
- Metal ruler
- Printable piñata template
Supplies for confetti:
- 4 sheets of tissue paper per color (pink and blue)
- 4 small bags of sequins per color (pink and blue)
- Plastic gallon bags
Directions for making the piñata:
Step 1. Print our heart shaped piñata template. Line up the four sheets that create the heart shape, tape them together, and then cut out all the pieces.
Step 2. Draw the outline of each piece from the template onto the cardboard. (Try to avoid using a piece of the box that folds, because it could compromise the shape.) You’ll need 2 pieces of all the shapes except the piece labeled F. Cut out all the shapes from the cardboard. Write the letter from the template on each piece of cardboard. (It’ll make it easier to match them up in the next step.)
Step 3. Match the cardboard pieces to their corresponding letter and begin taping. Do not tape both sides at this point or your piñata will not fold properly. You may need to shave off a little from some of the edges to make them fit together better.
Step 4. When you get to the piece labeled F, align the shortest edge to the dotted line, and tape it to the heart. (This will be the “door” that gets pulled down to release the confetti.)
Step 5. Make a small hole in both pieces labeled D at the top of the heart, as well as in F at the bottom. Keep the holes small, but make sure you can push the rope through.
Step 6. Take about a foot of rope, push one end through one of the pieces labeled D, and tie a double knot on the inside of the piñata. Then, take the other end of the rope, push it through the other piece labeled D, and tie another double knot on the inside of the piñata. After that, take about 2 feet of rope, and push through the hole on cutout F, double knotting it on the inside.
Step 7. Begin folding up the sides and taping them together tightly (except for F, which needs to remain open so it can function like a “door” to drop the confetti).
Step 8. Now, bring in the 2nd heart piece, and tape it tightly all around the edges. Make sure to keep checking that all the sides are all lining up properly.
Step 9. Measure the full width of the piñata, and cut crepe paper streamers to this width. (You’re going to need A LOT of these.)
Step 10. Make small cuts into the streamers to resemble fringe. Leave a strip uncut at the top of each streamer to ensure you have a place where you can attach it to the piñata.
Step 11. Apply a small line of tacky glue on the cardboard, from one edge to the other, starting at the bottom of the piñata. Attach the top (the uncut portion) of the streamer to the glue. Repeat until the piñata is covered in fringed streamers. Trim off excess streamers from edges and top center of heart. Let it dry before adding any confetti.
Directions for making the confetti:
Step 1. Begin cutting confetti out of the tissue paper. You can either use a hole punch or cut them into tiny squares or strips. (We did both, to give the paper different weights, so it would fall at different speeds.)
Step 2. Once all the confetti is cut, scoop it into a plastic storage bag, add the sequins, and save it for the lucky person who get’s to fill the pinata for you!
This project takes a little bit of time (it took us a around 2-3 hours), but it’s pretty easy to assemble and a lot of fun to use for a gender reveal party or photo shoot.
We really loved finding out our baby’s gender this way, but whatever you might choose to use it for, I hope you enjoy making your piñata, too!
Any other helpful suggestions are always appreciated, and if you give this craft a try, let us know how it comes out!