Cinco de Mayo is here, and I’m going to help you get in the spirit of the day by showing you how to reuse materials you have around the house to make your own simple recycled piñata. I can’t be the only one who has a closet full of reusable wrapping supplies, right?

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Cereal box (the largest you have)
  • Paper to cover the cereal box (grab some from the recycling bin)
  • Crepe paper or tissue paper
  • Various decorations

You may notice that I didn’t include balloons on that list. The reason is two-fold: First, I just read the article “Why You Should Ditch Balloons If You Love the Environment” and, second, I don’t have time to mess around with waiting for glue to dry.

Instructions for Making Your Recycled Piñata:

  1. Cover your cereal box with paper. I used paper from our recycling bin, which is full of multicolored handouts that my daughters bring home from school. It doesn’t matter if the paper is all the same color because it will be covered by the tissue or crepe paper in the next step.

NOTE: Be sure to cut a hole for the candy to go in. Also…