When I think of 4th of July parties, for some reason I always picture a pinata there, too. I love this method for the pinata because you can do all 3 coats at once (instead of doing one layer at a time and waiting for it to dry before putting the next layer on.
What You Need:
Pot or pan (a pan is easier to use)
Other paper (white, colored, lined, etc)
Balloon or other items to create an amazing pinata frame.
Step 1: Create the paste. 2 parts water to 1 part flour. (Make sure you use cool water to create the paste. Warm/hot water makes it thicken to quickly). Mix flour and water together in pot or pan of choice and place on Medium heat for 3 minutes while stirring. You want the mixture to just begin to thicken. It should look like gravy or potato soap. If it ends up too thick it will not work right.
Step 2: Prepare newspaper strips. Tear newspaper into 1-1/2 inch wide strips
Step 3: Hang balloon or frame by a string to something above your table. Or you can place it in large a bowl to keep it sturdy. The bowl works well for balloons because it is not swinging all over the place, but for odd shaped pinatas, the string works well.
Step 5: Repeat Step 4 with the “other” paper. It helps if you a different paper than newspaper because then you can see if you covered everything completely for a second time.
Step 6: Repeat Step 4 and apply the last layer. If I am going to paint it, I will do the last layer white paper or colored paper close to what I will be painting, so I do not have to try and cover up the newspaper or other patterned paper.
Step 7: Hang to dry. It should take 24-48 hours for it to dry completely. You can also just leave it in the bowl, but make sure you rotate the bottom up so it can dry, too.
Step 8: Once it is dry pop your balloon and pull it out. Decorate your pinata to your heart’s content using crepe paper, paint, etc. You can make a beach ball or other simple designs.
If you’re the mom who doesn’t want the mess or if you want something a little more elaborate for a party or something, I found some great pinatas on Amazon (love the cactus pinata).
Cactus Pinata with Pull String KitUnicorn PinataButterfly PinataTiki PinataYa Otta Pinata T-RexBeach Ball PinataPrincess Castle Pinata
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cheekymama saysJune 29, 2010 at 2:01 am
Not lame at all, this is handy information for party time. I had no idea how to make a pinata! Happy 4th July in advance.
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JDaniel4's Mom saysJune 29, 2010 at 3:54 am
Stopping from SITS! It would be fun to make one for the Fourth of July.
Chelsea M saysJune 29, 2010 at 8:31 am
Let me know if you want me to email you the pics of the one you made for me!
MommyTopics.com saysJune 29, 2010 at 11:17 am
Hey… this is a great tutorial! My kids would LOVE to make their own pinata! Thanks.
Also a reminder… today is Summer Family Fun Tuesdays at my blog… this would be a great post to link up! Come on by and share your brilliance!
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Michelle saysJune 30, 2010 at 7:21 am
I've made a few pinatas. My favorite way is your way with cooking the flour/water mixture. Our family has made a shark, a penquin, and a pig. It might be fun to start a flicker picture sharing group. I'm pretty new at using flicker, but I'll get back to you with a link if I get one started. I'd join anyone else who feels like starting one.
Fun On a Dime Lady saysJune 30, 2010 at 10:20 am
I have now created a flicker group for everyone to add pinata pictures to. Thank you for the suggestion.
MommyTopics.com saysJune 30, 2010 at 11:54 pm
Thanks for linking up! You have so many great ideas on your site… be sure to come by each week and link up more inspirations in my Summer Family Fun Tuesdays Blog Hop!
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