DIY: Photo Piñatas

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Have you ever wondered why piñatas are exclusively reserved for fiestas and strange colorful animals?

Well that’s not the case anymore, amigos! Allow us to introduce Photo Piñatas.

Turn your friends’ faces into awesome candy-filled piñatas for sweet personalized gifts.

You don’t need to wait for Cinco de Mayo, photo piñatas are fit for every occasion.

Need to say you’re sorry? Hard-to-buy-for-friend’s birthday? Father’s day? Proposing? Photo Piñatas for everyone!


Learn How to Make Photo Piñatas


Your friends will love having their faces immortalized on a piñata that is just the right size for their personal stash of candy. Who is the ultimate friend? You are.



  • White Card Stock
  • Crepe Paper Streamers
  • Masking Tape
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Candy and confetti to fill your box
  • Photo as large as the front of your box

STEP 1: Cut

beforeIf you’re feeling confident at your geometry skillz, you can cut your rectangles at any dimension.

For the rest of us, measure and cut two 8” squares and four 3” by 8” rectangles out of the white cardstock.

STEP 2: Tape

beforeLay one of the square pieces of cardstock in the middle and tape the four smaller rectangles to its sides to make a cross.

STEP 3: Gettin it 3D

beforeFold each side up and tape corners.

This is starting to look like a real box, right?

STEP 4: Candy Time!

beforePut all the candy and confetti you can fit into the box.

Why don’t you help yourself to a lollipop? You’ve been working hard.

STEP 5: Put a lid on it

beforeTape the remaining square to the top of the box to make your lid. Goodbye candy.

STEP 6: Cut

beforeTrim your photo to the same size as the front of your piñata (8×8″ in our case). Then cut it evenly into 1″ strips.

Yep, just like that.

STEP 7: Fringe

beforeStick a strip of double sided tape neatly along the top edge on the back of your photo strips. Then stick them onto crepe paper streamers.

Fringe time! Cut even, thin strips from the bottom up to just before the edge of the double sided tape. Continue along until the entire strip is fringed.

STEP 8: Stick

beforeStick each fringed strip to the front of your box to put your photo back together again, just like a puzzle.

It is easiest to start from the bottom up.

Taking It Further

  • Get creative with the dimensions. Make smaller cubed photo piñata boxes or go huge and make them life-size
  • Take photos of your friend’s head (no, don’t tell them why) from all sides to make a ‘3D’ photo piñata
  • If the gift is for a couple, mesh their faces together by alternating strips of each one’s face

You love love, and you love it big time. So, go BIG this Valentine’s Day.

Print up a 3 foot x 4 foot Engineer Print to show your love BIG time.

Read along to see three fun ways to spread the love to friends, crushes and soulmates using photos!


1. Mailbox Surprise

Just fold up your Engineer Print, pop it in an envelope and mail it to your long-distance love.

Parabo Press’s EPs (as the cool kids call ‘em) are printed on extra thin paper, perfect for easy hanging and mailing too!

Yeah, your print will get creases in it, but we just love the idea of your giftee unfolding and unfolding and unfolding to reveal the biggest Valentine they’ve ever received.


2. Pin the Heart on the Babe

We may have spent a bit extra time on this part of the photoshoot in the Photojojo Office … this game is serious fun! Everyone gave it a go.

Print up a photo of your favorite heartthrob, cut out some hearts, procure a blindfold, give the first contestant a good spin, and watch them just try to find their way to that cutie’s heart.

It’s the perfect pastime for a Galentine’s Party or a cozy night in – just you, mood music, a box of chocolates and an EP of Michael B. Jordan.


3. Surprise! I love you!

Engineer Prints (available in color and B&W) are the perfect width to tape in your
standard door.

Tape your face looking into a room with an inward opening door to give your favorite someone a BIG surprise.

Just make sure your intended recipient is in the room when you stick up that print.



What are you waiting for?


Three Lovely Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Using Photos

We get it. You need the perfect costume idea.

Whelp, if you like snapping photos and having fun (you sound like our favorite kind of person) look no further!

Check out four easy costume ideas that’ll get you all the best candy (full size only).

Inspector Gadget

Fill a trench coat with gizmos and give your friends a fright followed by relief when they realize you did not dress as a streaker.



Hang the Photo Rope from your neck and use magnets to hang your favorite photos. You’re everyone’s favorite stream of photos. *Liked*


  • A Black Outfit
  • Photo Rope
  • Square Prints (get ‘em free from Parabo Press)

A Beautiful Unicorn

Throw magical colorful clouds around, wherever you go! The more color you fling the more colorful your costume will become.


A Real-Live Photo Booth

Document your favorite costumes and hand out prints as you go. You can even charge your pals for print … just like a real photo booth.


Do you have a super photo-related costume idea? Tell us over on Instagram – we’re @photojojo. Or, show us with #photojojo.

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