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How to Make a Piñata
This is a easy project to make for a kids' party
Takes about 3 days for the drying process.
14-inch balloon, inflated
big mixing bowl
One batch papier-mâché paste
1 two-page spread each of regular newspaper and the comic
5 sheets of tissue paper in bright colors, cut
into 3 1/2-inch squares
2 big bag of candies -individually wrapped
Step 1: Create Working Space
Place the inflated balloon in the bowl, this is your working space.
Mix papier mache according to directions. Fold the spread of newspaper
in half lengthwise twice. Tear 1 1/2-inch-wide strips so they have
a slightly rough edge.
Step 2: Covering Your Balloon
Drag a strip of newspaper through the papier-mâché
paste, wipe off any excess with your fingers, and place it at an
angle on the balloon. Place the second strip so that it slightly
overlaps the first. Continue until the balloon has been covered
with one layer of paper strips--except for a 2-inch square at the
top, through which the candy will go. Give the papier-mâché
up to 24 hours to dry.
Cover your leftover paste with plastic wrap so it doesn't dry
out (if it does, add warm water).
Step 3: Create a Hanger for the Pinata
For the piñata's hanger, wrap the midpoint of a length of
string (doubled up, if necessary) around the bottom of the balloon,
pulling the ends up to the top; tape it to the balloon in a few
places. Knot together the ends of the string 6 inches above the
Step 4: Create another layer with newspaper
Cover the balloon (including the string), with a layer of strips
of comics, placing them at a different angle from the first layer.
(Using different colored strips lets you distinguish one layer from
the next, ensuring a uniform overall thickness.) Allow the second
layer to of papier mache to dry for another 24 hours.
Step 5: Create a third layer of papier mache strips
Cover the balloon, with strips of plain newsprint going in a third
direction. Smooth over any rough edges as you work. Allow the balloon
to dry thoroughly.
Step 6: Decorate with tissue paper
Dot the corners of a tissue square with a glue stick and place it
just to the side of the 2-inch square on the top of the balloon.
Follow with other squares in the same color, working your way diagonally
down around the balloon. When you get to the bottom, start at the
top again in another color, fitting the squares into a houndstooth
pattern. If you want to add streamers, cut 2- by 30-inch lengths
of tissue paper and glue them onto matching colored squares about
Step 7: Filling your piñata
Puncture the uncovered part of the balloon at the top of the piñata
and remove all of the balloon fragments. Make sure the inside of
the piñata is completely dry before you fill it, so the candy
won't stick to the sides. Fill it about halfway with the candy.
Cover the opening with some tissue squares, and your piñata
is ready to hang.
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