DIY Animal Crossing: New Horizons “Fossil” Pinata

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will have noticed that people all across the world have fallen in love with the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. As someone who grew up playing various Animal Crossing games, it really warms my heart to see so many others enjoy playing them too, especially during such a rough time in all our lives.

I have friends from all across the world that I’ve made through blogging and Instagramย – as well as my real life friends, too – that have credited the latest Animal Crossing game to keeping their spirits up over the last two months, and I think that’s a great testament to the game.

Daniel actually bought New Horizons for me last month, but I had a big bout of seizuresย a couple of days into playing it. I wasn’t sure if that was caused by playing it, changing my medication, or just the stress of life at the moment, so I let Daniel re-start the game and he’s been really enjoying it.

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It’s his first time playing any Animal Crossing game, and since this one is a lot more survival-esque than the earlier ones, I’m definitely not surprised that he likes it so much. My favourite part of the game was always decorating my house and creating custom clothing designs, so I can always become a villager and do that later on if I wish.

Anyway, with everyone loving Animal Crossing so much at the moment, I thought it’d be a good time to make a project inspired by it! I’ve only made one other creation inspired by Animal Crossing – these Pitfall Seed Coconut Jelly Bites ๐Ÿ˜‹ – as I had no idea so many people loved AC as much as I do! So if you have any other Animal Crossing themed requests, let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to make them to come to life ๐Ÿ‘‡



โ™ก Plain cardboard
โ™ก Blue and white paper
โ™ก Blue streamers
โ™ก Scissors
โ™ก Pencil
โ™ก Ruler
โ™ก Clear sticky tape
โ™ก Double-sided tape
โ™ก Tracing paper (optional)


1. Draw or trace two identical circles onto your cardboard and cut them out. These will be the front and back pieces of your pinata.

2. Rule and cut out the strip of cardboard that will go between the two circles you just cut out. How thick this piece will be will depend on how big you want your pinata to be; the thicker the strip, the more the candy/prizes will fit inside. I made mine about 5cm thick, so we’ll go with that.

3. Rule out a 5cm thick strip from your cardboard and start taping the edges of the strip and the edges of oneย of the circles together with your clear tape. If the strip you cut is too long, cut the excess off. It it’s too short, rule another 5cm thick strip, tape the end of the new strip of the first strip, then continue taping the strip around the edge of the circle until you’ve got something that resembles a cardboard bowl.

4. Fill your pinata with your desired candy and/or prizes (adding in extra streamers or confettiย is always fun, too!), then place the second cardboard circle on top, and tape all around the edges so nothing has any chance of falling out.

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5. This step is optional, but is something I do with ALL my pinatas to ensure that no pesky brown cardboard is peaking through my designs: cover your pinata in blue paper! You ARE about to cover it in blue streamers, but I like to cover it in coloured paper firstย as streamers can tear off very easily. So, cut out two circles and some 5cm thick strips from your blue paper, and use some double-sided tape to stick it on top of your pinata before moving onto the streamers.

6.ย Time to add the streamers! Starting at the bottom of the pinata, measure and cut a small strip of streamer. Fringe the bottom 2/3 of the streamer and lay it on the bottom of your pinata so that the lower 1/4 or so is hanging over the edge, which weโ€™ll trim later. Use your clear sticky tape to stick the top of the streamer to the pinata.

7. Repeat step 6 again, but place the second strip of streamer so that itโ€™s overlapping the first. Continue to do this all the way up the pinata until you get to the LAST strip of streamer, which I recommend using the double sided tape for instead of taping, so that you donโ€™t see it. Very gently pick up the pinata and trim any pieces of streamer that are hanging over the edges, then repeat steps 6 and 7 with the other side of the pinata.

8. Prop the pinata up on a bowl or cup so that you can see the sides better. Roll out one long piece of streamer that reaches all the way around the pinata. Fringe the bottom 2/3 of the strip, then tape it to your pinata with 1/4 or so hanging off the end, just like you did before.

This step will be a little tricky, as you will need to tape a little bit of the streamer at a time, then carefully pick up the pinata and turn it before placing it back down and taping more of the streamer down, soย take your time.

Continue using the same method as you did with the front and back until the edges are covered in streamers – remembering to use the double-sided tape once again for the last piece on – then trim off any excess pieces when you’re done.ย 

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9. Now, for the very last touch: the actual “fossil” pieces! Draw or trace a star, circle, and thick swirl onto your white paper, then cut them out. If you want them to be on both sides of your pinata (and, considering all the spinning that pinatas do when you hit them, that might be a good idea), you may want to draw each image twice. Use your double sided tape to attach them to the pinata, then you’re done! ๐ŸŽ‰


Even though I can’t personally join in on this particular trend as I don’t want to risk another cluster of seizures, it really does warm my heart when the whole world collectively falls in love with one thing at the same time. I still remember a few years ago when everyone started playing Pokemonย Go; Daniel and I actually went out for walks together to go catch Pokemon and we saw SO MANY OTHERS doing it too!

Strangers would tell us where other Pokemon were so we could go and catch them, it was honestly so sweet. I’d never seen anything like it before. It was like how TV shows try to pretend small towns are, with everyone being so friendly and kind (but as someone who has lived in many small towns, I can tell you that’s NOT how they are at all ๐Ÿ˜…). This game is exactly what people need right now, and I’m so glad that it exists ๐Ÿ’•

Until next time,
Indya xx

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12 thoughts on “DIY Animal Crossing: New Horizons “Fossil” Pinata

  1. It’s so fun to see Animal Crossing get really popular again. I remember in middle and high school, it was like the coolest thing ever – on the Wii? And the DS? I used to play it with friends! I don’t have a Switch, so I know I’m missing out big-time when it comes to the new game. But I still find this piรฑata to be utterly adorable. So fun!


    • I honestly can’t believe how popular it is now! I used to play it on Game Cube, but no one that I knew played it back then ๐Ÿ˜… I still play my old DS versions of it because I’ve put so much time into them and my houses are so big! Haha. Glad you like the pinata! ๐Ÿ˜Š


    • Thanks so much! I don’t think I’ll ever know if it WAS the game that caused me to have the seizures, or it was just bad timing. I’ll go back and play it later on as a villager though and I’ll still have fun โ˜บ๏ธ I’m glad you’ve been enjoying it! It’s been bringing so much joy to so many people, which has been lovely to see as that’s exactly what the world needs right now ๐Ÿ’•


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