Piñata Party – Make Your Own Piñata

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This year as you send out your Cinco de Mayo invitations for your Cinco de Mayo celebration, why not make your own pinata to add to your festive decor? Making a pinata is a great craft to do with the whole family. With just, a few simple supplies and a little imagination, you’ll have a beautiful pinata in no time. Hang it up in the backyard or the park for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. The kids will love it! Here’s how to make it:

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Materials:

2 cups flour

3 cups water

1 balloon

Newspaper, cut into long inch strips

Paint, crayons, or markers

Colored crepe paper

String

The Steps:

  • Blow up a large balloon and tie the end
  • Mix the flour and water together until it makes a smooth paste
  • Dip the newspaper strips into the flour and water mixture
  • Carefully place the strips on the balloon until it is covered, leaving a hole at the top
  • Set aside and let the balloon dry
  • After the it feels pretty dry, place another layer of newspaper dipped in the mixture over the balloon and let dry again
  • Put one more layer of paper on the balloon – be sure you still leave the hole at the top
  • Now the fun part- when it’s completely dry, pop and remove the balloon
  • Get your creativity going and paint your pinata with different designs and colors
  • Traditional pinatas are made in a pointed star shape and have colored crepe paper from the sides and bottom so feel free to add some colored crepe paper to your pinata.
  • Punch 2 small holes in the top near the opening and string a large piece of string through the two holes
  • Fill your pinata (through the hole you left at the top) with candy, toys, or any other fun surprises. In order to keep teh prizes/candy inside from pooling in one area, also fill the pinata with leftover newspaper strips or crepe paper.
  • Your done! Now you need a good place to tie pinata and a stick and and a blindfold.

If you are an advanced pinata creator, use your imagination to create a fun design like a flower or an animal shape. Try using thick colored paper filled with scrunched up newspaper and glue or tape to add any details to your basic pinata structure.

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