Custom Made Pinatas

This is the season for pinatas in Mexico. Big ones, small ones. The pinata maker in town will make lots of different ones to be purchased by families who will host the procession of visitors who go door to door looking for shelter–just like Mary and Joseph did so many thousands of years ago. The “Posadas” started yesterday, December 16th and will proceed every night until December 24th. The party at the last house will include the pinata game for children (and some adults). The pinatas traditionally have a clay pot in the center and then paper mache surrounding the pot and the star points. They come in lots of colors and sizes and designs and they are always a treat to see. Most public spaces will feature giant pinatas as decorations and they are especially gorgeous.

I have been embellishing pinatas since I started Zinnia Folk Arts several years ago and have several in the front of the store that I use for decoration. Over the years people have asked me to make them for their parties, bridal showers or weddings. This very pink pinata in the after photo is going to decorate a very sweet young girl’s room. I thought you’d be interested in seeing the before picture and the after.  It used to be a Minnie Mouse pinata and now is a pink and green confection. Enjoy!

Here’s the before:

Before of Custom Pinata

And here’s the after!



Are you having a Mexican themed party?

Pinata, Beautiful and decorated

Did you know you can order a Zinnia embellished pinata? The one pictured above is going to a Mexican-themed bridal shower. We can make pinatas of different shapes and sizes (8-pointed or 5-pointed) in a variety of colors. Share your creative ideas with us or let us do the creative work for you.  So if you’re thinking of adding something beautiful and unique to your next fiesta, think pinata! Call (612-824-4342) or email  ( for pricing…

More Pinata Love

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Just an everyday sight in Mexico, adding a little joy here and a little fiesta there.

Pinatas and Christmas in Mexico

Right now in Mexico you will be able to find markets filled with all of the items one needs to celebrate la Navidad in Mexico. Starting next week (December 12) with the Virgin of Guadelupe’s birthday, then to Dec 16 for the start of the posadas all the way to January 6, Three Kings Day, there are special foods, special activities and special decorations.

Christmas pinatas are handmade and colorful and quite large. I don’t have any at the shop but above are some mini versions that are more the size of large Christmas tree ornaments. The idea is that after the posada (people dressed as the holy family and their entourage go from door to door looking for a place to stay the night) and when they arrive at the last house, there is a big party and the pinata game is played by the kids (and sometimes the adults). Pinatas are filled with candy and games and a big stick is used to whack at the paper mache pinata.

I’ve been looking for a good Youtube video about the making of pinatas but haven’t found one yet–if you do, let me know!

Unfortunately, the pinatas that are available around Minneapolis are imported from CHINA and have SpongeBob and My Little Pony plates on them. I took one of those and ripped off the tacky decorations and covered it with flowers and ribbons–you could do that too!

Getting Ready for La Navidad

Tomorrow kicks off our official start to holiday shopping at GUILD Collective. We’ll be having a very special glittery, shiny, sparkly event all day tomorrow from 10-6 at 4414 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park. I’ve moved some of the shiny things (tin ornaments, alpaca milagros, these handmade pinatas, and some other bright folk art) into GUILD as the beginning of the countdown to the Zinnia Holiday Pop-Up sale which will begin on Friday, November 25.

Stop by for some nibbles and to see the amazing front window put together by two very creative artists–Debra Pesak and Kelli May Krenz.

It’s going to be very inspiring!