How to Make a
- Tear or cut
rectangular strips of newspapers (approximately 5 x 3 inches in
- Inflate a
large, round balloon with air and secure the end with a knot.
- Make your own
simple paste to adhere the newspaper strips onto the balloon. To
make your homemade paste, add one cup of flour to a bowl, and
then slowly add a small amount of water at room-temperature
while continually stirring the mixture with a whisk until you
achieve a paste-like consistency.
- Dip each strip
of paper into the flour mixture; saturate the paper; gently wipe
off any excess paste with your fingers; and stick the strip onto
the balloon. Continue to cover the entire balloon with newspaper
strips, except for the small area of the balloon where the knot
is located. (See Step 7 for the reason why it is necessary to
leave this small area uncovered). Allow your piñata to
completely dry (i.e. wait at least several hours or overnight)
before proceeding to Step 5.
- Repeat step 4
several more times. Keep layering the balloon with newspaper
strips until you have a thick outer shell. The more layers you
accumulate, the sturdier your piñata will be. Again, allow your
piñata to completely dry before proceeding to Step 6.
- If you plan to
make your piñata into a ball (e.g., soccer ball), leave the
balloon as is; however, if you would like your piñata to
represent an animal (e.g., horse), glue paper attachments to the
balloon. For example, the balloon represents the body of the
animal. Position the balloon so that the knot where the balloon
is tied off represents the top of the animal’s body. Glue four
tubes from empty paper towel rolls onto the bottom of the
balloon to represent the animals’ limbs. Glue another empty
paper towel roll onto the balloon to represent the horse’s tail.
The neck requires another tube, which is glued onto the other
end of the balloon. To make the head of the animal, use a piece
of styrofoam shaped like a horse’s head, or use a cardboard
cutout and glue the head onto the end of the tube that
represents the neck. For the ears, you can glue tubes of empty
toilet paper rolls onto the head, which are shorter than paper
towel tubes; cut out and glue your own shapes using stiff
cardboard-like construction paper; or roll up pieces of
newspaper into cones. Note: use traditional, multi-purpose glue
(e.g., Elmer’s Glue-All®) to paste the attachments
onto the balloon. For added strength, use masking tape to help
secure the attachments to the balloon. Allow the glue to
completely dry before proceeding to Step 7.
- Pop and pull
out the balloon from the small uncovered area you left at the
top of the base of the structure, which represents the animal’s
body. Into the hole, fill the cavity of the piñata with your
choice of wrapped candy and/or small toys. So as not to allow
all the candy to settle at the bottom of the piñata, first fill
the cavity with some pieces of colorful crepe (a.k.a. crêpe)
paper and confetti, and then add a handful of candy. Alternate
with crepe paper, confetti, and candy until the cavity of the
piñata is filled. (When the piñata is finally broken by the
children at the outdoor get-together, the decorative crepe paper
and confetti will give a more festive feel to your event as it
flies through the air!).
- Next, make a
hook for the piñata so that it can be hung. Poke a small hole on
either side of the open cavity. Thread a thick, sturdy piece of
string through the holes. For added support, use a plastic lid
from a container (i.e. a coffee can). Punch two holes on each
end of the lid. Pass the string first through one of the small
holes in the piñata. Next, pass the string through both holes of
the plastic lid, insert the lid into the cavity of the piñata,
and then pass the string through the other small hole made on
the other end the piñata. Finally, tie the ends of the strings
together into a knot to make a loop.
- Paste a good
amount of newspaper strips to patch the hole in the piñata and
secure the loop. Allow the piñata to completely dry before
proceeding to Step 10. If you’re pressed for time, and didn’t
use the plastic lid mentioned in Step 8, another option to cover
the opening of the piñata is to crumple up a bunch of colorful
tissue paper and simply stuff the hole. However, this method
will not give you as sturdy a piñata as would patching the hole
with pasted newspaper strips, and allowing it to dry.
- It’s time to
decorate your piñata! Use multi-purpose glue to adhere colorful
tissue paper onto the structure. Glue paper eyes, a nose, and a
mouth if you are making your piñata into the form of an animal.
For the tail, glue crepe paper streamers. Create a work of art!
Use your choice of decorative accessories - glitter, markers,
paint, silk flowers, cotton balls, feathers, colorful ribbons,
shiny tin foil, rhinestones, etc. - to decorate your piñata. Let
your imagination soar and be as creative as you would like!
Allow your piñata to completely dry before suspending it in the
air and letting the celebration begin.
Some children might get left without any candy, especially the
younger ones, because they may not be as quick at snatching the
treats off the ground as some of the older children. In this case,
it would be wise to keep an extra bowl of candy with you. As you
notice the candy disappearing off the ground, throw more candy into
the air to ensure that each child in the crowd receives at least
several pieces. J