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Learn to make a piñata!





Make a Piñata

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 pages
• String
• Glue stick
• 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 top.

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 halfway down.

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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