How to Make a Cereal Box Shark Pull-String Piñata


Cereal boxes can be used for all sorts of crafting. Crafting with cereal boxes is quick, easy, and fun!

One of the items I’m always on the lookout for at the grocery store is cereal. We go through so much between my oldest kid eating it in the middle of the night, my youngest kid who carries a bag around and eats it like potato chips. We also include it in snack mix for when we go hiking or for movie nights.

Did you know you can make some fantastic crafts using cereal boxes? I’m going to show you how to make cereal box pull-string piñatas. These are perfect for summer parties, Shark Week, and movie nights.

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cereal box shark pinatas for shark week

What you need

printable shark picture and a cereal box to make a pinata


Print out this free shark template.

shark templateOpen both ends of the cereal box and cut down one side so that you can place the box open on a flat surface.

Cereal box with a printable shark

Cut out the shape of the shark head and use that as a template to cut two matching pieces from the cereal box. Then cut out a few strips from the box measuring between 2-3″ wide. The width will depend on what you want to put inside.

a cereal box cut up to make a pinata

Cut out the other sections from your shark template. Trace around each section (excluding the eyes) onto your cardboard head. Using a box cutter cut around the top section of the jaws so they open. Along the bottom section of the jaws use a pencil or another blunt object to go over the top of it harder to make it easier to bend it (see image below).

a cereal box being cut to make a shark mouth

Using the packaging tape, begin taping both the front and the back of the shark head together using the cardboard strip in-between.

a cereal box pinata being made

Your piñata should now look like this:

a cereal box being turned into a pinata with an opening for candy

Now you can begin adding crepe paper streamers around your piñata using glue. Use the sections you drew as guides for where to change colors. Always start from the bottom and work your way to the top, and I prefer to star on the sides, then go to the back, and finish the front last.

how to add crepe paper to a handmade pinata

making a shark pinata at home

Once you’ve finished adding the streamers, attach the jaws and eyes in place using glue too. Then cut a small hole or slit into the top of the jaw to attach a ribbon (cord or twine work well too) to open and close the mouth easily.

handmade shark pinatas using a cereal box

Now it’s time to add some yummy treats to your pull-string shark piñata. We found these bags of Swedish Fish when we went shopping which was perfect, but I also grabbed a family variety box of snacks (like Rice Krispies treats, mini Pringles can, and crackers) as well. These are perfect to put inside your shark for a movie night.

a cereal box shark filled with popcorn and candy

shark pinatas that have movie night snacks inside

We saved so much on this shopping trip with some smart coupon use, and the kids will have a blast with these shark piñatas filled with movie night snacks.

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