DIY: Mini Piñata Favor Boxes

DIY: Mini Piñata Favor Boxes

In a way, you could say that every one of our photo shoot days feels like a fiesta. A lot of hard work goes into our shoots of course, but a day spent crafting, cooking, and taste testing together still feels more like a party than it does like a job! But with Cinco de Mayo approaching, we decided to host a literal Team LC fiesta, together with the ladies from The Little Market. Lauren made her famous chicken enchiladas, our baker friend Lauren Lowstan provided the churros, and then after snapping a few photos of course, we all sat down to eat at a beautiful table set with The Little Market dinnerware and linens.

Now as Team LC’s crafter-in-residence, I also wanted to come up with a cute favor idea to dress up our Mexican-inspired tablescape. These mini piñata boxes are fun, nostalgic (who didn’t love piñatas as a kid?), and super easy to make. They fit right in with our Cinco de Mayo theme, but depending on what colors you use, they’re just as cute for a birthday party, bridal, or baby shower. Check out the full tutorial below…

Here’s what you will need:

  • mini cardboard or papier-mâché gift boxes
  • tissue paper in several colors
  • Elmer’s glue
  • scissors

DIY: Mini Piñata Favor Boxes


  1. Cut long, one-inch wide strips out of your tissue paper.
  2. To begin, measure a strip of tissue that will fit along the bottom edge of your box.
  3. Cut fringe into the pre-measured strip.
  4. Glue your first strip onto the bottom edge of the box. (Note: You only need a very little bit of glue.)
  5. Continuing to work from the bottom up, repeat steps 2-4 in alternating colors, layering as you go. Start with the rim of the box, and then move on to the top of the lid.
  6. Fill your boxes with party favors, and get ready to put a smile on your guests’ faces!

DIY: Mini Piñata Favor Boxes

Easy right? Instead of candy, I chose to put Essie nail polishes and mini Jouer lip glosses in my favor boxes. But you can really fill them with anything you see fit.

What would you put in your piñata favor boxes?

Let me know in the comments!

xo Ilana
Team LC

Photos: Yoni Goldberg for