Make your own pinata

There aren’t a lot of sure things when it comes to planning your child’s birthday party, but a pinata is one of them: competitive whacking and candy. Make your own with this fun, only slightly messy craft that kids will love.

Instructions:

  1. Make the paper mache mixture: Mix 1 part flour with 2 partswater until you have a thick glue-like mixture. Squeeze out all thelumps and add a tablespoon or two of salt to keep your pinata frommolding.
  2. Blow up your balloon. If you’re an accomplished balloon artist,you can try to twist balloons into an animal shape for a moreinteresting final product.
  3. Spray a light coating of oil. This will keep the balloon fromsticking to the newspaper when you pop it at the end.
  4. Dipping the newspaper strips into the flour mixture to coat,apply them to the balloon overlapping the edges until the entireballoon is covered. Leave a small hole at the top to pop andremovie the balloon and fill the piñata. Let the first layer drycompletely.
  5. Wait at least 24 hours for the layer to dry, then repeat twicemore, waiting 24 hours between each layer. Cover your leftoverflour mixture and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. Use the white computer paper for the third layer. This allowsfor easier painting.
  7. When your project is completely dry, pop the balloon and removeit through the opening at the top.
  8. Time to decorate! Paint (or gently color in using markers) andbe creative! You can tie streamers on the bottom for an authenticlook.
  9. Fill with candy and get whacking!

Materials:

  • a large balloon
  • newspaper, torn into strips measuring about 1 inch by 6inches
  • White paper, torn into strips measured about 1 inch by 6inches
  • Flour and water mixture
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil or no-stick spray (aerosol can works best)
  • Paint
  • String or yarn for hanging
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