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Oct 23

Paper Mache Piñata

DIY Piñata Tutorial

I am so excited to bring you this guest post from Stephany’s Party Surprises!  Stephany wrote a super easy paper mache piñata tutorial, and I can’t wait to make my own piñata.  This is the perfect beginner project.  You can easily customize this by painting it any color and adding designs or text when you’re done.  If you don’t already have a celebration on your calendar, you’ll have to come up with an excuse to party!

 

 

 

 

Pinata Supplies

You will need:

– 2 empty bowls (I use old plastic containers)

– 2 cups of water

– 2 cups of flour

– 1 balloon filled (use your lungs, not helium lol)

– Strips of construction paper cut 1-1/2″ wide (you can also use newspaper)

– Paint and paint brushes

– String and scissors

 

 

I use construction paper cut between 1-2″. Construction paper makes the piñatas stronger without building too many layers

 

Mix the 2 cups flour and 2 cups water in one of the bowls

Mix the 2 cups flour and 2 cups water in one of the bowls.

 

It will be messy, take off your rings and bracelets unless you want to take a trip to the jewelers to get them cleaned

It will be messy, take off your rings and bracelets unless you want to take a trip to the jewelers to get them cleaned.

 

Mix until there are barely any clumps of flour. You want the texture to feel like watered down glue

Mix until there are barely any clumps of flour. You want the texture to feel like watered down glue.

 

Dip one strip of paper at a time into the mixture

Dip one strip of paper at a time into the mixture.

 

When you pull the strip up, use your index and middle to slide in between the strip to even out the sides. You want it to be saturated with no clumps

When you pull the strip up, use your index and middle to slide in between the strip to even out the sides. You want it to be saturated with no clumps.

 

Place each strip onto the balloon. Leave enough space at the top so you can pop the balloon and remove it safely. I usually draw a circle at the top to remember. You want to cover the balloon except for that hole

Place each strip onto the balloon. Leave enough space at the top so you can pop the balloon and remove it safely. I usually draw a circle at the top to remember. You want to cover the balloon except for that hole.

 

Overlap the strips. Do one layer at a time and let them dry in between

Overlap the strips. Do one layer at a time and let them dry in between.

 

I usually start with a vertical layers, and overlap it with a horizontal layer. Repeat layers until you feel it is thick enough for the age group. Smaller children, 2-4 layers. Older children 5-7 layers.

I usually start with a vertical layers, and overlap it with a horizontal layer. Repeat layers until you feel it is thick enough for the age group. Smaller children, 2-4 layers. Older children 5-7 layers.

 

When all of your layers are dry, hold the tie part of the balloon.

When all of your layers are dry, hold the tie part of the balloon.

 

Cut a small slit into the bottom of the tie, remember to keep holding the balloon as it deflates

Cut a small slit into the bottom of the tie, remember to keep holding the balloon as it deflates.

 

Safely pull out the balloon

Safely pull out the balloon.

 

Take a pair of scissors and drill a nice size hole to thread rope/string into on both sides of the piñata. Depending on the size of the balloon, anywhere from 3-6 inches down the sides

Take a pair of scissors and drill a nice size hole to thread rope/string into on both sides of the piñata. Depending on the size of the balloon, anywhere from 3-6 inches down the sides

 

Take a pair of scissors and drill a nice size hole to thread rope/string into on both sides of the piñata. Depending on the size of the balloon, anywhere from 3-6 inches down the sides

Take a pair of scissors and drill a nice size hole to thread rope/string into on both sides of the piñata. Depending on the size of the balloon, anywhere from 3-6 inches down the sides

 

Thread some pipe cleaner fuzzys in the holes while you paint so the holes don't close up and the rope doesn't get spotty

Thread some pipe cleaner fuzzys in the holes while you paint so the holes don’t close up and the rope doesn’t get spotty.

 

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Start painting!

 

When paint is drt , remove pipe cleaner fuzzys and thread rope in. I use parachute cords because they are pretty strongpinata 25

When paint is dry, remove pipe cleaner fuzzies and thread rope in. I use parachute cords because they are pretty strong.

 

Pull both sides of the cord together and make some knots. I usually keep tying until there are 3-5 knots, then use superglue to hold the knots together. Leave enough space to hang the pinata.

Pull both sides of the cord together and make some knots. I usually keep tying until there are 3-5 knots, then use superglue to hold the knots together. Leave enough space to hang the pinata.

 

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Then add your finishing touches! I used a 3″ Styrofoam ball (cut in half) for the eyes, and brown construction paper (cut to circle with bite chunk missing) for a cookie and viola! Cookie Monster.

After everything is dry and holding up to the glue, add your candy into the top hole! You can close it off with a glued piece of crêpe paper!

Happy crafting! <3 Caitlyn

 

If you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to check out all of Stephany’s creations and like her Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/StephanysPartySurprises  She also does custom orders – just email her at stephanyspartysurprises@gmail.com

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