- Square cardboard shipping box
- 1 cup flour
- 2 cups water
- Box cutter
- Masking tape
- Colored tissue paper
Create a nontraditional square piñata by covering a cardboard shipping box instead of an inflated balloon box with papier mâché. Then fill this wonderful and fun piñata with treats and candy. It is easy to make, and you probably already have the materials needed to begin the project.
Combine flour and water in the bowl. Stir well.
Cut strips of the newspaper for the papier mâché.
Fold the square box closed. The folded section will be the bottom of the piñata. Cut a 2-inch square window on the bottom of the box (opposite side of the end that was folded close). Use a box cutter to make the cut.
Papier mâché the entire outside of the box with three layers (do not seal the flap closed). To do this, dip newspaper strips in the solution and remove excess liquid before applying to box. Place one strip horizontally and the next vertically, repeat until the entire box is covered. Allow papier mâché to dry between layers.
Secure a cord around the box to create a hanging loop on the top of the piñata (which will be the bottom of the box). Cover the cord with masking tape to affix to box.
Cut long strips of colored tissue paper, with each being 4-inches wide. Then fold in half lengthwise to create 2-inch strips. Make a fringe by cutting slits along one side of the strip.
Decorate the outside of the box piñata with the colored tissue paper strips. Overlap the strips, affixing with the flour glue along the folded edge. Begin at the bottom and work up. Do not glue the fringe portion of the strip.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
- TIP : Raise the 2-inch square flap to add candy.
Hang the rectangle piñata by the top loop.