Learn How To Make Pinata For Your Child's Next Birthday!

Fun And Fabulous How To Make Pinata
Easy Step-By-Step Instructions!


If you have decided to make your own pinata, then you will want to be sure to use it as a party decoration also. After all, it is destined to be destroyed, so you might as well get all the pleasure and enjoyment possible from your creation before its demise.


To help get you started in trying to figure out what kind of a pinata design you might like to incorporate into your party, here's a great website that offers oodles of Fun Themed Pinatas. Check these out to help give you some ideas of what you might like to make.

Making pinatas is messy business! It's best to make this baby outside or put down lots of newspapers and perhaps a plastic drop on the floor to protect your surfaces.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR MAKING PINATAS

When you think about how to make pinata material selections, just keep the following options in mind:
  • 1 large round or oval balloon (14"+)

  • Wet rag or wet sponge

  • Newspaper, comics, and old yellow pages from phonebook torn into 1" x 6"-9" strips

  • White computer paper or paper towels, torn into strips

  • Tissue Paper

  • Crepe Papers

  • Construction Papers

  • Thin cardboard

  • Tape

  • Crayons, Markers

  • String or Yarn for Hanging

  • Paints

  • Glitter

  • Ribbons

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Ingredients for paper Mache recipe - See below to make your selection

MAKING PINATAS - PAPER MACHE RECIPE OPTIONS

When you think about how to make pinata paper Mache recipe selections, just keep the following in mind:

Paper Mache Paste #1 - Combine 1/2 cup of flour and 2 cups of cold water into a bowl and stir it together. Pour this mixture into a saucepan containing 2 cups of boiling water. Stir and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar. Transfer to a disposable bowl and let it cool. Once cooled, it will be ready to use, as it has thickened while cooling.

Paper Mache Paste #2 - Combine 1/2 cup of flour and 1 tablespoon of salt. Gradually add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water until your mixture is creamy and the desired consistency is obtained.

Paper Mache Glue - Mix together 3/4 cup of white Elmer's glue and 1/4 cup of water.

Wallpaper Paste - You can use the powder form of wallpaper paste, which is sold at paint and hardware stores, to create your paper Mache paste. You would need to use 1 part powder to 10 parts water.

Quick & Easy Paper Mache - All you need is liquid starch, which is sold at the supermarket. It comes in 48-ounce bottles under the brand names like Niagara and Sta-Flo. all you have to do is pour it into a bowl and you are ready to go.

For your info, salt prevents mold and if you want to fireproof your paper Mache, all you have to do is stir in 1 teaspoon of sodium phosphate, which is sold at drugstores, into each cup of paper Mache paste or starch.


MAKING PINATAS - PAPER SELECTION

When you think of how to make pinata paper selections, just keep the following in mind:

Newspaper And/or Telephone Yellow Pages - These work great and they're free. Just be sure to tear your pieces and do not cut them with scissors. The rough edges will create a smoother surface and ensure a better overall finish.

Helpful Hint: To make it easier to determine what has been covered by a particular layer of paper, if you alternate black and white newsprint, telephone yellow page newsprint, and multi-colored comics, then you will know what has been covered and what still needs a little more paper.

Paper Towels - They are strong and flexible and the edges aren't as likely to show.

Tissue Paper - This is not for the easily frustrated. It is a fragile material and very difficult to work with, however, it will create a wonderful soft texture. So you might want to use it as a final layer.


MAKING PINATAS SHAPES

When you think about how to make pinata shapes, you will need to start by blowing up your balloon, tying a knot at the bottom, and placing it in a shallow bowl to keep it from rolling around while you work on it. Brush a light layer of vegetable oil onto your balloon. It will keep the balloon from sticking to the newspaper once it is popped.

After you have covered the balloon with newspaper, to make a pig snout and ears for an animal pinata shape, crumple a sheet of newspaper into a ball. Then wrap it with strips of masking tape, so it doesn't come apart. Attach it to your balloon with long strips of masking tape.

To make the ears, fold a piece of newspaper several times to create a small triangle. Wrap the ears with some masking tape to keep them from coming apart. Then tape each ear to the sides of your balloon using masking tape.

Apply two more layers of paper Mache covering the snout and ears, so they become a part of the head. Be sure to wrap strips of paper Mache around each ear and the nose to give it additional support.

To make your pig's legs, cut out four 6-inch circles from construction paper. Roll each circle into a cone and tape it. Then attach the cones to your balloon, where the pig's legs would be located, using masking tape.

Apply two layers of paper Mache covering the legs, so they become a part of the body. Be sure to wrap strips of paper Mache around the entire leg, especially at the top where it connects to the body, to provide additional support.

To make the tail, wrap a pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a corkscrew, slip it off, and hot glue it to the balloon.

When you think of how to make pinata shapes other than a pig, you can easily adapt these instructions to create other animal shapes.


HOW TO MAKE PINATA - STEP 1

When you think about how to make pinata shapes, you will need to start by blowing up your balloon, tying a knot at the bottom, and placing it in a shallow bowl to keep it from rolling around while you work on it. Brush a light layer of vegetable oil onto your balloon. It will keep the balloon from sticking to the newspaper once it is popped.

Dip a strip of your selected paper into your selected paper Mache paste, remove the excess paste, and place it at an angle vertically onto your balloon, smoothing out the bubbles and wrinkles as you go. Continue this process, overlaying your papers until your balloon is completely covered with one layer of paper. Allow it to dry for 24 hours.

Note: I you have opted to use liquid starch, you will only need to leave your paper in the starch for a couple of seconds. Be sure to wipe off the excess starch so it doesn't run all over your project.

To keep your paper Mache from drying out, tightly cover it with Saran Wrap and place it in your refrigerator. To keep the air out, use a rubberband to secure the plastic on the bowl. If it does dry out a bit, just stir in a little warm water.


MAKING PINATAS - STEP 2

The next day, after the first layer has dried, take a long piece of yarn or string, double it, and wrap it around the bottom of the balloon, and pull the ends up to the top. Using masking tape, tape the string to the balloon in several places. Knot the ends of the string together about 6" above the top of the balloon.


HOW TO MAKE PINATA - STEP 3

Apply your second layer of paper Mache to the balloon angling your strips in a horizontal direction this time. Be sure to cover all of the string and overlap your strips. Remember, it is best to use a different color of paper so you will be able to distinguish what represents the first layer verses the second layer, thus achieving the same overall thickness. Keep smoothing out any bubbles and wrinkles as you go along. Let dry 24 hours. Store your paste as noted in Step 1.


MAKING PINATAS - STEP 4

The third and final layer should be made from torn strips of computer paper or paper towels because it is easier to paint and decorate. This time, layer your papers in a slightly different direction then you have done previously. Continue to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles. Let dry for 24 hours.


HOW TO MAKE PINATA - STEP 5

Cut a 2" square opening at the top, but only cut it on three sides so it will create a flap, which will be closed off later. At this time, you will also be popping your balloon and removing it from the opening at the top. To insure your pinata is completely dry inside, blow some warm air inside using a blow dryer.


MAKING PINATAS - STEP 6

It's finally time to decorate your pinata! The sky's the limit.
  • Select colors that will coincide with your theme.

  • Here's a fun option, cut colored tissue paper into 3" squares, place a little glue in the center of the square and affix it to the pinata. Keep the edges of the tissue free of glue so they will "fly" freely.

  • Paint a face on your pinata and make crepe paper hair. You can even add some extra-large plastic false eyelashes.

  • Add glitter, ribbons, ribbon roses, or other trims.

  • Hang crepe paper streamers from the bottom.

HOW TO MAKE PINATA - STEP 7

Fill your pinata about half full with small toys and wrapped candies. Tape your flap closed and cover it up with some additional decorations.


PLAYING THE PINATA GAME

Tie your pinata securely to a tree branch. Spread a blanket or sheet under it. Each child will have an opportunity to break the pinata. A bat or broomstick works great. Blindfold the first player, spin them around 2-3 times, point them in the direction of the pinata, and let them try to hit it 2-3 times.

Safety Reminder: Remember to keep everyone far enough away from the player swinging the bat. Also, when the pinata breaks be sure the kids don't run in to gather up the candies, as the blindfolded child may still be swinging.

To insure everyone gets their fair share of the booty, it is best to have some bags of candy set aside that you can hand out to kids who may not have gotten to the spoils soon enough.



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