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By tineria of Girl Scout Troop 8166 (Guest Post)03/09/2008
Do you have any pictures of the pinata you made?
By JoAnn 02/02/2006
I have found that the store bought pinatas are hard even for grown ups to get open! Here's what I do, it's cheap, easy and quick! I print off a picture from the computer of whatever the theme is, then I glue or tape this to a large brown paper bag. Next, I take a coordinating color of crepe streamer, cut it into lengths that are the width of the paper bag...from the BOTTOM, I glue (gluesticks work best) or tape the streamer and then cut it about half way up every half inch to make a fringe...repeat above this strip and all the way up until you finish. Then fill it up with candy and goodies, tape a long lenth of thin rope or doubled up yarn about two inches from the top, fold the top over the rope and tape around it again, very securely (I use the clear mailing tape). Now you can tie the pinata wherever you need it. These are much easier for young kids to get open!
By Yvonne (Guest Post)02/01/2006
Here is a copy of instructions I saved. Hope it helps.
Make Your Own Pinata!
To make a good sized pinata, you will need:
A LARGE round balloon or beach ball
A good pile of old newspapers
White glue or flour and water to make a paste
Tape (regular or masking)
Crayons, markers, poster paint
Tissue paper or construction paper
String or yarn
A craft knife
Goodies to fill the Pinata - this should include candy of course, but also could include holy cards, medals, and other small items like balls, pencils, toy cars, stamps and stamp pads, and anything else that catches your imagination.
Spread newspapers or plastic sheeting over your work surface. Blow up the balloon or beach ball and tie a knot at the end. Tear newspapers into strips about 1 inch wide and about 6 inches long. Tearing rather than cutting is important, it helps the strips lie flat on top of each other. Pour some of the glue into a disposable bowl or a bowl you don't mind soaking in water for a long while, or mix flour and cold water to make a paste the consistency of thick glue. Dip the newspaper strips into the glue and spread them onto the balloon. Thoroughly cover the balloon, leaving a small hole at the top to remove the balloon and fill the pinata. Let the first layer dry.
Repeat Step One two more times, until the papier mache is built up to a good thickness. Next day if the paper feels dry when you touch it, then wrap the balloon with the yarn to give it strength to hold when swinging it.Add another two layers of glue and newspapers. Let it dry for another day. Remove the balloon.
Decorating the Pinata:
Traditional shapes for the pinata include donkeys, fish and birds, but you can use any shape at all! . Roll the cardboard to make legs and a head for the donkey, then build up the shape with more papier mache. Shape a cone for the head and tail of a fish, then add fins and eyes. Use additional layers of papier mache to make it more 'fish like'. A similar technique will create a bird body, onto which can then be added wings, legs and a tail. When the shape is finished and dry, fill the pinata with candy and goodies, and cover the hole with a few layers of paper.
A simpler pinata can be made as a ball with decorated papier mache cones sticking out all over it. Paper streamers hang from the cones.
Then paint the pinata. Pinatas should be bright and colourful. Crepe paper streamers cut up with a fringe can be curled up with the help of the pencil, and glued onto the pinata. Start from the bottom and layer them overlapping. Decorate the cones with the crepe paper, adding strings to the tips.
Playing the Pinata Game. Hang the pinata up from the ceiling. Each child gets a turn trying to break the pinata. Blindfold the child and give them a stick (a broom handle works well). Turn the child around in a circle 2 or 3 times and point him or her in the direction of the pinata. The child gets to swing the stick 2 or 3 times. Make sure everyone else stands clear of the swinging stick, including the grown-ups!!! Then another child gets a turn. When someone breaks the pinata, all the children get to gather the goodies. You might want to have little paper bags with each child's name on them so the kids have a place to store their goodies for the remainder of the party and a way to carry everything home.
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