How to Make a BB-8 Piñata for Your Child’s Star Wars Birthday Party!

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My son absolutely loved his Star Wars Birthday Party! His homemade BB-8 piñata turned out so fun! Come see how to make a BB-8 piñata!

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We try to have fairly frugal birthday parties. When planning a birthday party, our first party planning priority is always the piñata. My kids will not hear of having a party without a piñata. My son wanted a BB-8 piñata. Unfortunately, none of the stores near us had BB-8 so I decided to make a BB-8 Piñata.

His Minecraft piñata from a couple years ago was such a success, I figured, I could pull it off again.

How to Make a BB-8 Pinata

Like our Minecraft Piñata, our homemade BB-8 piñata was a hybrid of sorts. He was one half store bought piñata and one half paper mache BB-8. While it’s really quite simple to make, it does take a fair bit of hands-on time and drying time.

I began by buying a baseball piñata because I needed something round for the body, plus, at $10  for the baseball piñata it’s going to be very inexpensive to make a BB-8 piñata. I purchased mine at a local store, but I’ve included the link to one on Amazon for convenience.

How to Make a BB-8 Piñata

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Baseball pinata
  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • White spray paint
  • Sharpie markers or acrylic paint


  1. Begin by making a paper mache mixture with 1 part water and 1 part flour. Start with 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup water. You can make more later if you need it. Making a BB8 Pinata
  2. Next, tear strips of newspaper not more than 12 inches long.
  3. Blow up a balloon the size you want your BB-8 head. Note, you’ll only be covering the top 1/2 of the balloon with paper mache. Set the balloon in a bowl or dish where it can be supported.  BB8 Pinata supplies
  4. Next, dip strips of newspaper into the paper mache mixture. Run the paper through two fingers to get rid of excess mixture. Cover the top half of the balloon with paper mache. The bottom does not need to be perfect. You can trim the bottom once the paper mache is dry. Paper Mache BB8 Head
  5. After you set your paper mache BB-8 head to the side to dry, take off the red paper that makes the baseball stitching on the store-bought portion of your pinata. Preparing BB8 Pinata
  6. Let the paper mache dry overnight.
  7. Once the paper mache is dry, trim the base of your paper mache BB-8 head to make sure it is all uniform.
  8. Spray paint white and let dry 15-20 minutes.
  9. Using Sharpie markers or acrylic paints make the “eyes” and the orange line circling the top of his head. At this point we were really strapped for time because I decided, last minute to attend a conference on the morning of the day of my son’s party. Crazy, but everything worked out. We opted for the quick method using Sharpie. Paper Mache BB8 Head finished
  10. Using a knife or scissors, make a slit in the top of BB-8’s head. You’ll attach the rope to the actual pinata and thread the rope up through the BB-8 head.
  11. Okay, now for the last part. Print and tape BB-8’s orange circles on. I’m sure you can do a better job taping the orange circles on than we did. We were racing the clock to get this done before the party after I got home from my conference.

Click the image below to print out BB-8’s orange side circles.

BB-8 orange circle

One word of advice, parent to parent. Don’t worry about making your BB-8 pinata perfect. The kids are only going to look at it for about 3 minutes before they bash it to pieces.

Have fun!

How to make a bb8 pinata


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Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.