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How to Make a Cinco de Mayo Piñata

Piñata were once made of clay pottery, but today they're made of papier-mache. The traditional six-point star Piñata of Mexico has been replaced with a variety of other shapes, including animals, toys, people and fruits.

Cinco de Mayo isn't the celebration of Mexican independence, as many people think. It commemorates the victory by Mexican troops over the French at La Batalla de Puebla in 1862, and stands for Mexican patriotism and unity.

Run a piece of hanging wire through the center of the top of the pi±ata once the paste has dried.

The cones can go around the balloon to form a sun shape or be set a little higher to look more like a crown.

Be sure to put down a thick layer of newspaper under the area where you'll be using the papier-mache paste.