Now that my son is getting older he is getting very excited about any event that happens. In fact, he has been asking when Christmas is on a daily basis since July and has tried to help me bring in the Christmas decorations twice! In an effort to sidetrack his thinking, I am supporting his excitement for any event and so we will be decorating a little more for Halloween than we have in the past. This is our latest creation! We turned a homemade piñata into this below. It was pretty simple, fast and my son had a blast. It is all he has talked about this past week!
What You Need:
- Speed Piñata instructions
- Paint and brushes
- Tissue paper
Step 1: Follow instructions for making quick drying piñata that was previously posted. If you place your piñata in a well circulated area then it should dry pretty fast. Instead of needing to wait 2 or 3 days in between layers, you do all the layers at once and then have to wait 1.5 – 3 days. Ours took 2 days to completely dry.
Step 2: Decide on your coloring and let your little helpers paint away.
Step 3: Once the orange paint is dry, paint a fun face on it. My son really wanted a scary face, but I did not want anyone being too scared of it late at night, so we settled on a happy face.
Step 4: You can choose to tie some string or ribbon on it by poking a couple of holes in the top and threading the string through them to make sure you have a secure hold. Then hang it from the ceiling to display your work. Or you could….
Step 5: …Or you could cut the top off of the pumpkin using a pair of scissors. Note: Razor blade does not work, the piñata is much too tough!
Step 6: And stuff it full of candy! Set up a small table and through a dark blanket or material over it and you have a decorative “dish” to pass out your candy in on Halloween. Line with colored paper or tissue paper for some extra color. The table is also a great option for those who are not comfortable hanging the pumpkin from the ceiling.
Just for the fun of it before we painted it we used a little toilet paper (and tape) and turned the piñata into mummy!
The possibilities are endless…we are thinking about making a Frankenstein, too!
P.S. If you do not have enough candy to fill the pumpkin, use some newspaper to stuff the inside of the pumpkin. I was able to fit a small bowl inside that kept the candy from going all over the place.
Saimi saysSeptember 27, 2010 at 9:42 am
What a great activity for the kids! It's fun from start to finish!!
Secret Mom Thoughts saysSeptember 27, 2010 at 10:24 am
Great idea. My kids will love this. I like the mummy idea too.
BeccyLee saysSeptember 27, 2010 at 11:47 am
Very cute. I am really glad I stumbled upon your blog. I really enjoy your posts.
Krystal saysSeptember 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm
Very cute! My kids are really in to being festive this year with holidays too. It's nice to find ideas to keep them busy.
Together We Save saysSeptember 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm
Great idea!! We Love making pinatas!!
JDaniel4's Mom saysOctober 1, 2010 at 10:39 am
This looks great! What fun to make your own. Stopping from Mom Loop!
Jersey Diva Mom saysOctober 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm
what a really great idea! I am fairly craft challenged, but think I can pull that off!
K saysOctober 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm
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Katie's Nesting Spot saysOctober 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm
I love it, my daughter would have so much fun making one. I think we'll just HAVE too!!! It's nice that they can be messy and just go at it with the paint and not have to make a specific design. Such a good idea to make it a treat bowl. Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Please join us next time too!
Tanya saysOctober 31, 2010 at 5:12 am
That is so cute! I love the idea of putting paper in the bottom to fill it up and a small bowl. Thanks for sharing-
kaybee saysOctober 31, 2010 at 12:10 pm
That is a great idea! Lots of fun for children.
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Brandy saysOctober 31, 2010 at 7:13 pm
Good idea to keep kids busy. I love the different ideas like Frankenstein and the mummy. It might be a project for next year. Thanks for sharing.
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