How To Make a Pinata
A Large Round or Oval Balloon
Newspaper, torn into 1 inch by 6-8" inch strips
White computer paper or paper towels, torn into strips
Flour and water mixture for paper Mache paste
String or yarn for hanging
Prepare your work surface with a layer of newspaper you can
discard, or an old plastic tablecloth you can wipe clean of goop
and glops which are part of this messy project!
Tear several pages of newspaper into strips, approximately 1
inch wide by 6-8 inches long. Don't try to be neat and cut them
with scissors; the torn edges will adhere more closely and give a
smoother overall surface to the finished piŮata.
Paper Mache Recipe:
Next, it's time to prepare the paper Mache paste by using a
simple mixture of flour and water. Use a large glass or
disposable bowl to facilitate easy clean-up afterwards.
Mix one part flour with 2 parts water until you have a
consistency like thick glue. Add more water or flour as
necessary. Squeeze out all the lumps and add a tablespoon or two
of salt to help prevent mold. See other paper Mache recipe
Blow up your balloon and place it in a shallow bowl to prevent
it from rolling as you work on it.
Spray or brush on a light coating of vegetable oil to keep the
balloon from adhering to the newspaper when you pop it.
Dip a newspaper strip into the flour mixture to coat, and
apply it to the balloon at an angle vertically, and overlapping.
Continue this process until the entire balloon is covered,
leaving a small hole at the top from which to remove the balloon
and fill the piŮata. Let the first layer dry completely.
Each layer will take up to 24 hrs. to dry, so cover your
leftover flour mixture and place in the refrigerator overnight to
prevent spoiling. If it gets dry, add a little warm water.
Apply a second layer to the balloon, this time angling the
strips in a horizontal direction, and overlapping. Let dry and
finish with a third layer.
The third layer should always be made from torn strips of
white computer paper or paper towels. This allows for easier
paint coverage when it's time to decorate.
When your project is completely dry, pop the balloon and
remove it through the opening at the top.
Decorate your pinata with vibrant colors, paint a face on it,
add crepe paper hair and eyelashes - be creative!
Or, try this... cut 3 inch tissue paper squares, place a dab
of glue in the center and stick to the pinata. The edges of the
squares should not to glued down. Apply over the surface of the
balloon for a cool layered effect.
You can also cut pieces of crepe paper, fringe them, curl them
around a pencil and glue them to the surface of the pinata.
Hang crepe paper streamers from the bottom of the pinata for
the final touch.
Fill and Hang:
Make 3 or 4 small holes around the top opening and thread a
strong piece of string or yarn through them. Tie a longer string
to it for hanging.
Fill your pinata with wrapped candy, small toys, and other
Playing the Pinata Game:
Hang the pinata securely and spread a blanket or sheet under
it. Each player gets a chance to break the pinata. Blindfold the
first player and give them a bat or stick. Spin them 2 or 3 times
and point them in the direction of the pinata.
Players get 2 or 3 hits to break the pinata. (For smaller
children, feel free to omit the blindfolding and spinning.) When
the pinata breaks, the children each get a portion of the candy.
Give each child a small bag to hold their goodies.
Tip: Have a reserve bag of candy to make sure little ones get
their fare share.
Caution: Adult supervision is necessary to keep children a
safe distance from the player swinging at the pinata. Kids are
sure to rush in when the first pieces of candy fall, unaware that
the player is still swinging.
Paper Mache Recipe Options:
Recipe #1 - One part flour to five parts water. Boil on
stovetop for 3 minutes and let cool.
Recipe #2 - 3/4 cup white glue to 1/4 cup water
Recipe #3 - liquid starch found at your supermarket
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