Part of a pinata's unique charm is that no matter how ornate it is or how much time went into making it, its decorative qualities are entirely temporary. Stuffed with candy and treats, the pinata is meant to be smashed apart, spilling its contents into the hands of the children clustered around it at parties.
Newspaper, cut into 1-by-6-inch strips
Strong white paper (20-pound copy paper works well)
Wood veneer is normally used to create the appearance of a beautifully grained surface on furniture, but the material is surprisingly versatile. You can even use wood veneer to make a lovely, unusual lampshade.