I love pinatas!!! I was sitting around my house one night thinking, “how hard could it be to make a pinata?” Yeah, that is what I sit around the house thinking…what? Don’t judge. Anyway, turns out making a pinata is not hard at all…and it is super fun! And, you can use stuff that you have sitting around the house like flour, water, and junk mail.
Basic Pinata form:
What you will need:
Newspapers or junk mail
A spoon for mixing
1. Cut newspapers (or junk mail) into strips. My strips were 1 inch wide and 3 inches long. You can cut your strips as long as you would like, but I do not recommend anything longer than 5-6 inches.
2. Blow up your balloon to the desired size and tie with a knot. Place your balloon in a small bowl while you are applying your strips and letting them dry.
3. Make your paper mache paste. Combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 2 cups of water in a large bowl. Stir well to get rid of lumps and make a smooth paste. NOTE: this recipe will make enough paste to cover your balloon with 3 layers of paper mache.
4. Dip the paper strips one at a time into the flour paste. Remove the excess paste by dragging it between two fingers. NOTE: If you are allergic to gluten or have Celiac Disease wear gloves when handling the flour paste…I (this is Carrie writing) found this out the hard way.
5. Apply the paste soaked strips to the balloon, slightly overlapping the strips. Cover the entire balloon leaving the knotted area of the balloon uncovered. After you have covered the balloon with a single layer of strips, leave it in the bowl and allow it to dry completely. NOTE: you will need to rotate the balloon occasionally while drying so all of the areas can be exposed to the air for even drying.
6. Repeat this process to add a second and third layer. 3 layers makes a very solid but still breakable piñata.
7. Once your 3-layer piñata is dry you can remove the inner balloon. Use the sharp tip of a scissor to pierce a hole in the balloon to deflate it. You will hear the sound of the balloon coming away from the inside of the piñata as it deflates. Once it is completely deflate the balloon will come out easily.
To create the fringe, take any length of crepe paper (basically party streamers) and fold it in half several times. Then use scissors to cut through the multiple layers of folded crepe paper. Cut the fringe approximately 1/8” apart and cut slightly more than halfway into the edge of the paper.
To cover the piñata, glue the uncut edge of the fringed crepe paper starting at the bottom of your piñata (the edge of where you have glued your streamers) and working your way toward the top. I used 4 different colors of crepe paper.
Cut or tear different colored tissue paper into pieces. You can make these any size but I find that 2-inch by 2 inch or larger pieces work best.
Make paper mache paste. You do not need a full recipe (given above) to cover the piñata with tissue paper. I used ¼ cup of flour and ½ cup water, and this made more than enough paste for this design.
Idea 3: Mr. Pig (You can make many different animals)
To build the legs of the animal piñata take 4 plastic bottles (I used Crystal Geyser sparkling water bottles) and cover the bottle tops with saran wrap.
Dip the paper strips one at a time into the flour paste. Remove the excess paste by dragging it between two fingers. Apply the paste soaked strips to the tops of the bottles to form legs. Let the first layer dry and apply a second layer. Let second layer dry.
Use acrylic paint to paint the body to the animal. I used light pink paint for Mr. Pig’s body, a darker pin for the feet, and black, white, and blue paint for the face. This is where you can let your creativity take over. Have fun with the paint colors.
Now the piñata is ready to fill with candy and party favors. If you are doing it the Glitter, Glue and Gluttony way you are filling your piñata with many tiny bottles of booze…just make sure you buy tiny plastic bottles of booze!
If the hole in your piñata is not large enough to fit your treats into you can make it larger by using an X-Acto knife to shave away the paper around the opening. Put scrunched up pieces of crepe paper in the piñata between layers of candy, booze, etc. This will help keep the filling evenly distributed inside the piñata.
To prepare for hanging, use the X-Acto knife or a hand-held hole punch to punch through the piñata form at opposite sides of the opening. String twine, wire, or whatever you have handy through the holes and hang in an open area and whack away!!!
Happy Cinco de Mayo from Glitter, Glue and Gluttony!!!