Of course, you could design anything you wanted, or nothing at all for that matter. The kids only want the candy anyway. We tied the handles together and tied our "pinata" to a tree. It was the best pinata I have ever seen! The kids loved it. It had the perfect amount of strength to it. The oldest child was about 8, and we didn't even put a blindfold on her. We let her go last so she could be the one to break it, and this was after about 10 others had hit it. Several of the parents said it was what they would do from now on. Now I can buy better treats because I no longer have to buy the expensive pinata!
By Delene from Portland, TN
When dry, pop and remove the balloon. Paint your pinata with different designs and colors. If desired, hang colored crepe paper from the sides and bottom. 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. You should also fill with strips of newspaper so the surprises are not all in one location
Tie your pinata in the air with the string and have fun!
By Carline, Mersea Island, UK
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Store-bought pinatas are expensive, and you can make one for the cost of one balloon, old newspaper waiting to be re-used or recycled, a few cups of flour, and decorations that you probably already have.
There are lots of Web sites with instructions on how to make your own pinata. The key is to start about a week before the party, because it will take about 30 minutes a day for 3-to-5 days to allow for the layers to dry and decorate it.
By Britt from Boston, MA
Does anyone know how to make a pinata? Every year my brother and I have a party for the family. We've bought pinatas for the last two. Since they go over very well with the children, I'd like to make my own.
Darlene from Michigan