Friday, January 6, 2017

Harry Potter Dementor Paper Bag Pinata


When we started pulling everything together for my daughter's Harry Potter party, I knew that we wanted a pinata, but I wasn't sure what kind to make. I kind of hate when I watch little kids beating a favorite character to death, so I decided I wanted to make one out of a bad guy. This Dementor Piñata is so easy to make and it was incredibly easy to pull together the supplies I needed. 


You will need:

  • a paper grocery sack
  • black fabric
  • a hanger
  • lots of packing tape
  • Piñata filler (provided by Oriental Trading)
  • Styrofoam ball
  • rope (to hang the pinata)
  • hot glue



This was the first time that I have made a Piñata that I have used a bag of prepacked Piñata filler and I have to say it was awesome. Usually I just buy bags of candy for my pinata but this way there was a much bigger assortment and not everything was candy. The kids loved it! I would definitely do it again.


The first step in creating a paper bag pinata is to cut down the sides of your bag like in the photo above. You are basically taking a square out of each side of the bag. You can see that I used two bags layered together, but I wouldn't recommend it. It took FOREVER for the kids to break with it being double bagged.


Fill your Piñata with your goodies and then put the hanger at the opening of the bag. Fold the sides over the hanger and tape it down really good. I used a ton of packing tape to make sure it was secure on the hanger.

I hot glued the Styrofoam ball to the hook of the hanger. The point of this step is just to give a head to your Dementor. After you have given your Dementor a head, it is time to cover him up. You can use black fabric of even layers of tissue paper if you want. You just want to fray the bottom by cutting long strips to make it look like a Dementor. I cut a whole into two piece of fabric and slide it over the head of the Dementor to cover the body and then I wrapped another around the head.


I had planned on hanging the Piñata by the hanger hook but found it was actually more stable to loop it through each side of the hanger. It made the Piñata hang more evenly.


The kids had a blast breaking it open! It was a favorite part of the party for sure.


You can find the other tutorials for our party below. 



Printable Platform 9 3/4 Sign

 DIY Quidditch Pitch

 Harry Potter Photo Booth


Harry Potter Wands- Use chopsticks to make these full size.

 Printable Hogwarts Letter


DIY Witch Brooms

Wizard Potion Bottles with free printables



Who would you throw a Harry Potter party for?
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27 comments:

happy organized home said...

That is one of the coolest things I have ever seen I definitely need to give it a shot I LOVE Harry Potter :)

Belle Bermudez-Tubel said...

This is such a great idea! And I love the Harry Potter themed party! So cool!

Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

Unknown said...

This is so awesome! I love Harry Potter and I can't wait to introduce it to my kids when they get older! I would totally make something like this! How fun & creative!

Julie Porter said...

This really was quite easy to make, and such a wonderfully creative idea! I would love a Harry Potter party as would my oldest daughter. We are both huge Harry Potter fans.

Kecia said...

What a neat idea for a Harry Potter Pinata! I have never made my own pinata but after this, I may try my hand at it for a future birthday party here.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I can't wait to share this post with a teaching colleague of mine. She is currently planning a Harry Potter themed birthday party for her daughter.

Karen Morse said...

You are so incredibly DIY talented! I love pinatas (I mean...instant party starter, right?!) and the Harry Potter themed one is too fab!!

Roxanne Ferber said...

You are so clever and incredibly creative. I'll have to remember these when my kids go through a HP phase!

Terri Steffes said...

I would host a Harry Potter party for my fifth graders who were the first people to actaually hear the firstHaeey Potter book, maybe anywhere!! One of my mom was a bookseller and picked it up in England straight from the author!!

Tara said...

Oh wow! I will definitely have to show this to my daughter because she is a huge Harry Potter fan!

Angela Tolsma said...

Yes I totally agree that pinata's should be the bad guy! A dementor was the perfect idea! What a great birthday party idea!

Joanna Everyday Made Fresh said...

This is really just a fantastic idea! Love HP, and would have never thought to make a demonter.

Angela said...

I LOVE Harry Potter so I was so excited to read this post! Totally making one of these for my kid's next birthday party! Love it.

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

How awesome. what a really creative and great idea. Any Harry Potter fan would love this! Seems really inexpensive too which is great! - jeanine

Reesa Lewandowski said...

We made a pinata for the first time this summer and I couldn't believe how easy it was! This came out great!

Holly said...

These are some really great crafts. I dont really have anyone to throw a Harry Potter party for. My kids dont now what Harry Potter is yet.

Megan McCoig said...

What a cool party. You went to so much effort and I love that. I've never used a piñata but looks like so much fun. So talented that you made it yourself! Hope you had fun.

Brittany Muddamalle said...

You come up with the cutest Harry Potter things! My husband and I are just about to do a Harry Potter marathon with our kids. Although we'll wait on a few of the later ones. They would love all of these!

Cecilia C. Cannon said...

What a fun Harry Pottery theme bday! I love the most your DIY pinata. I would never have thought of this and it looks like it was perfect! You are so creative and I know how hard it is to find the time to pull this all together too!

Tara Holland said...

These are great party ideas, we love Harry Potter and all of your activities would go over well here. Never thought of using a paper bag for a piñata!

Amanda Love said...

This is pretty amazing! I love that you're able to recreate a dementor without so much effort. I like the finished product.

Heavenly Savings said...

I just pinned this to save the great ideas for my Daughters birthday party. She has not yet read Harry Potter but we are starting it soon and I know she is going to love it!

Heather said...

Now this is cool! I am a die hard Harry Potter fan - my kids are a little freaked about the dementors being so young, so we might have to wait a couple years for this!

silvsbeautifullife said...

What a unique and fun idea for a Harry Potter party! Such a great DIY for any Harry Potter fan!

Samantha Lee said...

This is so amazingly cute! I loved Harry Potter as a kid (and I still do). I want to have a Harry Potter themed birthday party and make all of your Harry Potter DIYs!

Dollhouse Goddesses said...

What a fun Harry Potter Roundup! Our favorite is the letter. It's so cool and original. Every idea is so fun and original. Can't wait to try them all!

Homegrown Adventures said...

How easy is this. I've always been intimidated of making my own but you make it look so easy. Wow your creative.