easter-craft

A piñata is a container often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth; it is decorated, and filled with small toys or candy, or both, and then broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. Piñatas are commonly associated with Mexico. We’ve decided to give it an Easter twist.

What you need:

  • 1 x Balloon
  • + – 400ml Wall Paper Paste
  • Newspaper, torn into small pieces
  • Coloured paper or paint for decoration
  • String to hang
  • Bat to hit the piñata

How to make it:

Blow up your balloon into a good egg shape and tie with a knot. Dip each piece of newspaper into the wallpaper paste and stick to the balloon. Keep going until the whole balloon is covered up to the knot. Make sure you overlap your pieces. Once covered with one layer, set aside to dry. (This can take a while so give yourself a few days to make the final product)

Once dry, repeat to cover your second layer. Three layers in total should do the trick.

Once your third layer has dried, take a pin and pop your balloon. You should now be left with a large hollow egg shaped piñata.

Make a small hole at the bottom of the “egg” (opposite end to where the knot was). Thread string from the top the the bottom and tie a knot on the outside to keep the string attached.

Make the opening at the top a little bigger so that you can remove the popped balloon and fill with treats of your choice.

Once filled, cover the hole at the top with papier-mâché and leave to dry.

Decorate with paint or coloured paper of your choice.

Hang and allow the fun to begin.

WARNING – make sure people are far away from the person hitting the pinata as the swinging of the bat can get rather wild. Please play safe.