Gem Piñata for a 6 year old girl

My 3 year old son thinks everyone gets a piñata for their birthday. He has this dream to be strong enough to break open the piñata himself. When it came time to send my niece a gift for her 6th birthday, a piñata seemed necessary! I knew I wanted to give her money for her birthday, so the piñata became a fun delivery method. From previous experience of sending my nephew a piñata in the mail during the summer, I knew chocolate was going to get a little soft in transportation, so I looked for candy that would fare a bit better. My niece likes Smarties and I found Ring Pops at Target, which I just had to get. They remind me of being a kid! And the Ring Pop became the inspiration for the piñata shape! 

I debated between buying a piñata and making one myself. But as soon as I got those Ring Pops, I knew I wanted to make one. I found a gem paper template online from and scaled it up about 300%. I then cut it out of card stock, folded and glued it and decorated it with my niece's favorite color, pink!

Photos by Erin Napolitano

Photos by Erin Napolitano

There are lots of great tutorials online for how to make a piñata, like this one from or a You Tube video by Miss Kriss.

I bought the Smarties and Ring Pops at Target. It looks like you can only buy the Ring Pops in the store and not online at Target. However, here is a link to purchase them elsewhere online:


An 18 oz bag of Smarties can be purchased online at Target for $2.59: