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How To Make A Homemade Pinata
Piņatas are a popular form of entertainment
for children's birthday parties, but piņatas purchased from
party supply stores often run between $20 and $30. To save
money, consider learning how to make a piņata using basic paper
mache techniques. You'll need to plan ahead to allow yourself
enough time for the piņata to dry and be decorated, but this
project can be completed using common household supplies. If you
wish, you can enlist the birthday boy or birthday girl's help in
creating the piņata.
When making a homemade piņata, try to choose a simple shape. My
piņata is a treasure chest for my son's pirate-themed birthday
party. The treasure chest piņata is made using a cardboard box.
Your box should have fairly thin sides, otherwise it will be
hard for the kids to break at the party.
Start with the open part of the box at the bottom, since you'll
need to have a place to insert your candy when you're finished
with the piņata. To form the treasure chest top, you'll need
some thin cardboard. Bend the cardboard up slightly and tape it
to the top of the box. Add rolled up newspaper inside the holes
to make your piņata a bit sturdier. Cut a piece of cardboard to
tape over each side.
Mix one cup flour with two cups water to form a thick paste. Cut
newspaper into strips that are three or four inches wide. Dip
your newspaper strips into the paste, then cover the entire
piņata with the strips. Overlap them slightly, but make sure
you're still able to open the bottom of the box so you can fill
it with candy when you're finished.
Cover your treasure chest piņata with two or three layers of
paper mache, depending upon how difficult you want it to be to
break. It is very important to let each layer of paper mache dry
completely. For my piņata, I let the layers dry overnight.
Cut brown paper sacks to cover the entire treasure chest. I used
liquid Elmer's glue to attach the bags, but you could use the
leftover paper mache paste if you wanted. Drag a brown ink bag
across the sacks once they are attached to highlight the creases
in the paper and give the paper an aged look.
Use black electrical tape or thin strips of black construction
paper to indicate where the lid would be on the treasure chest.
Don't worry if your piņata doesn't look perfect! Remember,
children will be hitting it with sticks! As long as it's filled
with candy, a few minor imperfections won't make a difference.
Print a lock clip art design to attach to the front of the
treasure chest. The lock image I used was on the Vintage
Fill your homemade piņata with candy, then tape it shut. You're
going to need several bags of candy to fill the piņata, so it's
a good idea to do some comparison shopping for this purchase. My
son's birthday party is three weeks after Halloween, so we
managed to pick up some clearance Halloween candy for this
Hang your piņata. We're hanging our piņata using a braided nylon
stringer, which is a rope used for fishing. If you don't have
any fishermen in your house, any strong rope will do as long as
you tie the knots securely.
Original Article Here by Dana Hinders