DIY Piggy Bank Pinata || Year of the Pig

Truth be told, I didn’t know it was the Year of the Pig – or what that even meant – when I started to make this pinata. I’ve kept a list of ideas of pinatas to make for ages now, which includes “piggy bank”, and when I saw some chocolate gold coins at the Reject Shop, I knew they’d be the perfect treat to go inside – so here we are!

I don’t know a whole lot about the Chinese New Year, but I have seen a lot of mentions of it online, and even at some shops that I go to, so when I realised that 2019 is the Year of the Pig, I took that as a sign that I should definitely share this project, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do! If you’re interested, here is a link to more information about the Chinese New Year traditions. Otherwise, keep on reading for the tutorial!


♡ Thin cardboard sheets, such as a cereal box
♡ Light pink streamers
♡ Black paper
♡ Sticky tape
♡ Pencil
♡ Scissors
♡ Chocolate gold coins, or any candy of your choice!

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1. If you’re using a cereal box, cut it up so that the front, back and side pieces are all separate from one another.

2. On the plain side of the cardboard, sketch out your desired pig shape. I decided not to go too detailed as I’m not the most skilled drawer, so I just drew a basic oval with two feet, a nose and one ear, since mine is a side-view.

3. Cut out your pig shape, then flip it over so that the coloured side of the cardboard is facing you (that is, if you’re using a cereal box – if you’re cardboard is plain on both sides, don’t worry about flipping it), and place that onto the plain side of another piece of cardboard. Trace around it, then cut out your second pig shape.

4. Decide how big you want your pinata to be. The bigger it is, the more cardboard you will need, so do keep that in mind. Since I was just making a mini one for myself, I decided to only make it 3cm thick, but you will probably want to make yours thicker. When you decide on a thickness, cut out multiple strips from the cardboard that are that size. Keep your remaining cardboard nearby in case you need more in the future.

5. It’s time to attach those strips! Starting at any part of the pig you choose, begin taping the very edges of your cardboard strips to one of your pig cut outs. Once again, if you’re using a cereal box, make sure that the coloured side is always facing IN, so you don’t have to worry about the picture peeking out through the streamers later on.

6. Keep taping your strips all around the outside of your pig shape, bending the strips and adding as much tape as you need to ensure that the strips curve where needed. When one strip “runs out” and you need to add another, be sure to add a small tape at the beginning and end of your two strips as well, so no candy can fall through. When you’re finished adding your strips, you should have something that resembles a pig-shaped bowl!

7. Fill your pinata with your chocolate coins! Be careful not to over-fill it as that may end up distorting its shape when hung up (although that may work with this design, as it will just look like a really fat pig 🙊).

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8. Place your second pig-shaped cardboard piece on top of the pinata – plain side facing UP once again – and add tape all around the edges so that the chocolate won’t fall out.

9. Now, for the best (albeit, tedious) part: adding the streamers! Starting at the BOTTOM of either side of the pig, measure a small strip of streamer across one of the pig’s feet. Cut it so size, fringe the bottom 2/3 of the streamer, then attach it to that feet with some sticky tape, and trim off any edges.

Measure a second piece of streamer that is the same size as the first, fringe the bottom 2/3 of that piece, and stick it slightly above the first piece. Repeat this step with the second foot.

10. Measure a strip of streamer from the lowest point of the pinata; for this design, that would be the pig’s bell. Cut it to size, fringe the bottom 2/3, and stick it down with sticky tape. Continue measuring, cutting, fringing and sticking all the way up the same side of the pig until it is covered with pink streamers.

As you can see, I decided to add an ear-shaped piece of fringed streamer on top of the layers we just did, as I felt it made it more obvious that it was an ear. I stuck it down by looping a piece of tape over itself, placing on the ear of the pinata, and pressing the ear-shaped streamer piece down on the tape.

11. Carefully pick up the pinata, and trim off any excess streamers that ruin the shape of the pig. This will mostly be around his curved areas such as his belly, nose, and “top”. Repeat this step for the other side of the pinata, too.

12. Add fringed streamers to the bottom and sides of the pig’s feet, and underneath his belly. Then start on his left foot, and add fringed streamer all the way up the left side of his body, and up one side of his ear. Go back to his right foot, and add fringed streamers all the way up the right size of his body, until you meet the previously added streamers.

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13. Lightly sketch out the pig’s eye on the black paper – I went for a “smiling face”, but you can just do a simple circle or oval too! – as well as a thin, black line to be the “coin slot”.

Cut out both shapes, attach small pieces of looped tape to the backs of them, then stick them onto the pinata. You could also just use glue for this part, if you have some nearby. Then you’re done!

Pigs are one of mine and Daniel’s favourite animals, so I had a lot of making this lil guy! In fact, he’s still sitting on my photography table because his tiny smiling eyes make me too happy to just throw him away 🙈

It’s also no secret that I love money boxes when you take a look at my collection that I linked above, so I guess it was only time before I made a project inspired by them! I mean, other than the two different DIY money boxes that I’ve already shared on here (they’re shaped like lipstick and a lighthouse, if you’re new around here) 😂

Until next time,
Indya xx

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20 thoughts on “DIY Piggy Bank Pinata || Year of the Pig

  1. This is such a cute idea. We have our daughter’s first birthday coming up and it’ll be pretty in pink style. This DIY will come in handy. Thanks!


  2. you are so neat. i have a chinese new year celebration coming up at my office next week. i am going to try to do this! ty ty ty happy new year!!


  3. So cute! I’m doing a program at my library with the kids to celebrate Chinese new year and I needed some ideas! Love this cutie!


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