- 2 bowls
- Small paper cups
- Spray glue
- Tissue or crepe paper
- Olive oil
Pinatas are a great party game that children of all ages enjoy. A flower pinata is the perfect choice for a little girl's birthday and something that she will love taking a whack at to get at all the candy inside. Pinatas can be quite pricey if you go to buy one in a store, so making your own is a great idea. They're inexpensive to make, fun and you can customize them anyway you like.
Blow up a balloon fairly large but not so big that it will pop. Carefully coat the balloon in olive oil. Fill a bowl with water. Gently place the balloon on top of the water. In a separate bowl, mix two cups of water with one cup of flour. Stir well. This is your paper mache solution.
Cut a newspaper into numerous long, one- to two-inch strips. Dip a strip of newspaper in the paper mache solution. Lay the strip on the newspaper gently. Repeat with the next strip, allowing the strips to overlap and cross. Rotate the balloon until you cover it completely, except for the bottom where the tied knot is. Leave a two inch gap open here. Pick up the balloon and dump the water out of the bowl. Set the balloon back in the bowl and allow to dry for at least six hours (12 is recommended). Repeat the process of paper mache again so you create a second layer. If it still doesn't feel very strong, you can repeat again to create a third layer.
Poke a hole in the bottom of the balloon where the tie is. The balloon will deflate and the hole should be large enough to pull the balloon out. The structure you are left with should be very strong. Fill the pinata with goodies. You will now need to cover the hole. Use the same paper mache technique as before but only do two layers on this small bottom section. Take several small paper cups and position them around the paper mache structure like petals on a flower. Then take them away and paper mache them like you did with the balloon. Once they are ready you can carefully remove the cups so you only have the paper mache cup shapes left.
Use spray glue to attach the paper mache cup figures around the center figure. Make sure they are firmly attached. Fill the pinata with goodies. Cover the final hole with a paper cup and secure it with glue. Choose your color scheme for the flower. Paint the flower accordingly. Allow it to dry.
Cut several strips of crepe paper or tissue paper. Make sure the strips are of the same length (the length is up to you). Spray the ends of the "flower petals" with spray glue. Gently press one end of the strip to the glue. Add one or more to each petal end. Repeat on all the petals.
Poke two small holes at the top of the pinata about 1/4 of an inch apart. Loop a string through the holes and tie in a knot so you can hang the pinata when you are ready to use it. Simply attach a rope to the string to increase the strength and ability to move it.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
- TIP : Start early and allow plenty of time to get this complete.
Have a rag on hand to wipe up messes and clean your hands.
- WARNING : Be careful not to touch other items as you work on the paper mache as it will stick and may ruin clothing and furniture