The end of another school year is just around the corner, and parties are a great way to celebrate two months of homework-free bliss. All you need is a nice sunny day, some water balloons and sidewalk chalk, great food, good friends, and of course a piñata. They’re fun to make, to fill and destroy!
- large balloon
- paper towels and/or newspapers – torn into strips
- white glue
- egg carton
- masking tape
- paint and brushes
- small toys and candy
- pipe cleaner or wire
- string for hanging piñata
1. Blow up a large balloon and tie a knot. I would recommend buying several of them, since they can easily burst when you blow them up…yes it happened. To add bumps to the exterior, attach egg carton sections and crumpled up balls of newspaper, with masking tape. I completely forgot to do this, and only realized my mistake once two layers of paper and glue had been added. Fortunately, it wasn’t too late, but did involve adding a few more layers of paper.
2. Paper mâché paste can be mixed in an old plastic container, and should be approximately 1/2 white glue to 1/2 water. Mix well, and begin dipping paper strips one at a time, making sure kids use their scissor fingers to remove any excess, before adding to the balloon. You can also use a wide paint brush to help flatten the pieces of paper onto the balloon.
Alternating between layers of newspaper and white paper towels (the folded kind) can make it easier to keep track of the layers that have been completed.
Aim for about four layers, making the final one in white paper towels, so the paint colours will be brighter when added on top. If you’re only using newspaper, you can cover the final layer with white paint first, to achieve the same results.
3. Allow to dry completely. This will take several days. Decorate with paint. We painted ours in blue, then drizzled old house paint on top.
Once the paint has dried, poke two holes near the top, and fish some wire or pipe cleaner through them to create a loop. Attach string to the loop for hanging. You’ll also need to cut a small hole using a utility knife, for adding the toys/candies inside. Once they’ve been added, you can add a layer of paper mâché and paint on top of that section to hide the cut, or you can leave it as is.
On party day, find a good place to suspend the piñata, and line up the kids to take turns hitting it, until all your lovely work gets destroyed!