- Shipping box
- Piece of cardboard
- 1 cup flour
- 2 cups water
- Masking tape
- Black marker or paint
- Brown paint
- Wide gold ribbon
If you are having a pirate themed birthday party, the ideal piñata will be a treasure chest. Fill the treasure chest with such bounty as candy and trinkets. Hang the treasure chest overhead and let the kids take turns trying to break open the treasure chest.
Blend the flour and water in the bowl. Mix well.
Cut newspaper into strips.
Turn the box upside down. Fold the flaps closed. The end of the box with the folded flaps will be the bottom of the piñata.
Cut a rectangular hole on the bottom of the box. This will be on the bottom of the box, or the end opposite of the closed flaps.
Gently bend the cardboard so it bends into a curved shape. The cardboard should be the same length of the box and wider than the box. The size of the curve will be determined by the cardboard's width.
Tape the cardboard onto the box. This will be the curved lid of the treasure chest.
Dip a strip of newspaper into the flour solution and remove the excess liquid.
Lay the strip of wet newspaper on the box. Continue adding strips, laying in a crisscross pattern. Cover the entire box, and the ends of the lid area, where the cardboard is curved. Leave a small square opening at the top side of the treasure chest, in the lid area. This will be used to add candy to the piñata. This hole should be near the area that you cut from the box. When the candy is inserted into the square opening, it should fall through the hole on the bottom of the box. Add two more layers. Allow the papier mâché to dry between each layer.
Tie a cord around the treasure chest, fashioning a loop on the top, to be used for hanging the piñata.
Tape the cord onto the box, using masking tape.
Apply two more layers of papier mâché over the treasure chest, allowing to dry between each layer.
Paint the treasure chest brown. Allow to dry.
Paint a horizontal line around the box, to indicate the lid.
Glue the gold ribbon around the treasure chest, vertically, with two on the right side and two on the left side of the chest. Space the ribbons so that they are almost evenly spaced, yet a bit more space in between the two middle ribbons. The horizontal line indicating the box lid around the box should not be covered.
Cut a piece of cardboard into a padlock shape and cover with the gold ribbon. Glue into place as the padlock. Use a black marker to draw a keyhole on the padlock.