Piñata Taxidermy Wall Art – How To-sday

August 28, 2012 separator DIY Tutorial

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Piñata Taxidermy
I’ll bet you throw your child really cute birthday parties with fun piñatas and favors and whatnot. Or your best friend. When you’re 22 and fresh out of college (the same party where this happened)… Oh, is that just me? Anywho… The little decapitated donkey o’fun featured in this post is Ricardo, who has been sitting in a box for fourish years, just waiting for his moment in the spotlight.

Well, here it is, little buddy. Your time has come. Ricardo, you are now internet-famous.

Is there anything more cute or fun on your wall than a “taxidermy” testament to “I beat this thing with a stick until the head fell off?!” Seriously though, this is a really great, easy project to save lots of wonderful memories from parties – birthday, Cinco de Mayo, or … Christmas? Plus, nothing says, “I love you” like a taxidermied piñata.


  • Piñata cabeza (That means head, friends.) ;D
  • Metal letter stamps – I used these.
  • Unfinished wood plaque
  • Steel bench block
  • Picture hanging tacks
  • Metal strip – I used this and snipped the ends with scissors to shorten.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Lightweight hammer
  • Scissors
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint or permanent marker
  • Foam brush

1. Paint your wooden plaque white. You could also whitewash it, stain it, or paint it a fun, bright color – or even a metallic! Now set it aside to dry.

2. Stamp the date onto the metal blank. You could stamp something different, like a name or the name of an event, as well. Click here for a detailed post on how to stamp onto metal.

3. After you stamp your text, you can either use the Sharpie method that I show in this post, or you can do the following: Dip the corner of a paper towel into some black acrylic paint, and rub it into the letters so that it fills the indentations. Using a clean section of towel, wipe the paint off the top of the metal so that it’s only left inside the letters.

Voila. Your letters will now stand out instead of just blending into the metal. Let it dry for a few minutes.

4. Using framing tacks, nail the stamped sign onto the bottom of the wooden plaque. I’ve found that it’s helpful to pre-punch holes in the metal with my metal punch to keep the metal from denting the wood or bending while you’re hammering it. I just did one little nail on each end.

5. Cut your Piñata with scissors so that it’s straight across the bottom – no rough, jagged edges! I cut mine at an angle so that he’d be looking up a bit when he’s mounted.

Watch out, though. If you’re not careful, somebody could lose an eye!

(And then you just glue it back on, so it’s not technically a big deal, but I can’t help but think it was at least a little traumatic for Ricardo…)

6. Hot glue all the way around the base of the Piñata , and stick it quickly onto the wood. I went back around with a thin ring of Gorilla Glue to fill in the gaps and give it some real staying power.


  1. Hah this is so great! Though I’d be staring at it thinking “I wanna bash that head in and get all the candy….”, full well knowing there’s no candy in it

    1. I mean, there’s no rule saying we can’t fill his lil head with candy before hanging him up! ;D

  2. Hahaha Very nice idea. Specially if the pinata is pull string, you can make it very easy!

  3. I love this so much!! Now I think I need to have a pinata at my next birthday party just so I can do this!

  4. Haha! This is an awesome idea! One of my friends always used to have piñatas at her parties, I should suggest this to her.

  5. This brings back memories of a birthday 30 years ago. I had a white burro piñata that my grandpa brought from CA. After whacking it open, I used the hanger attached to it to hang it on my wall. I remember thinking it was just like a mounted deer’s head. The only issue I remember was keeping it dusted – the fringed paper was fragile after a year or two. I love this idea!

  6. OMG! Loved this. Might have to re-blog it. Great job, Lindsey.


  7. Lindsay-
    You always bring a smile to my face!
    This morning I’m sitting in my office laughing!
    Thank you for starting my day out with a laugh and for the shout out for our metal letter stamps!

    1. So glad I could bring you a few laughs this morning! I’ve had this project on the back-burner for ages and had way too much fun with it! lol

    1. You’re so right, Brianne – it would make for some really fun pictures!

  8. Oh my goodness! Me & my friends are kind of obsessed with Pinata…we have a “Pinata Party” a couple times a year. This would be PERFECT as a decoration for our apartments!


  9. So glad to see someone else loving random fake taxidermy as much as me. Also, a super cute idea for remembering a party.

    What did you use to cut the head (saw/scissors)?

    1. Thanks so much, Emily! I just cut it with some regular old scissors. It cut pretty easily.

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