Kw-logo-smaller

How To Make A Piñata

May 01, 2013

Traditionally seen at Mexican celebrations, piñatas can make any kind of party a smash – and even better, they’re fun to make! If you don’t mind literally getting your hands dirty, a piñata can be a great papier mache project for birthday parties, holidays and school projects. Find out how to make a piñata!

What You’ll Need

First of all you need to get set up. Make sure you have a clean area to start, like a kitchen table or desk. Remember, this is one craft where getting gloop on your hands (and all over the place!) is part of the process.

Materials:

  • Newspaper
  • String
  • Glue
  • Balloons
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Decorative tissue and/or paint
  • Optional: Confetti, Candy, Cardboard

Instructions:

  1. First put down some newspaper on your work area. Mix together flour and warm water in a big mixing bowl until the mixture is a gloopy consistency...just like pancake batter!

  2. Blow up a balloon as big as you can (you may even want to get your parents to help you). Cut or tear newspaper into strips.

  3. If you want to make a piñata that’s a little more complicated, like a donkey or a rabbit, use cardboard and tape to add ears, legs or whatever you need to your balloon.

  4. Now for the fun part! Dip and drag the strips of newspaper through the paste and cover your balloon. Add additional layers, letting each layer dry in between - if you make it too thick though it makes it hard to break, so two or three layers is usually enough.

  5. Between layers tie your string or rope around the piñata with enough string leftover that you can hang it afterwards. The papier mache will hold it in place. It may take a while for your piñata to dry so you might want to start cleaning up and even go do something else before coming back to your art space.

Psst! Here’s a handy trick: if you leave the tie of the balloon uncovered, it can make it easier to pop the balloon once it’s dry so you can fill it with confetti or small candies!

It’s Great To Decorate

Once your piñata is dry you can decorate it any way you want! Traditional Mexican piñatas used decorative tissue cut into squares and layered with glue to create a fun fringed effect! You can also  simply paint your piñata with whatever design you dream up – your piñata could be a planet, a person, a pet – it’s up to you!

Give your pinata time to dry between adding layersGive your pinata time to dry between adding layers

Make It and Break It!

Last but not least, pop the balloon and fill your piñata with candy, confetti or whatever you can fit. Then it’s time to invite people over to take their best shot! Don’t forget to take a picture of your work of art, because it’s sure to be a smash.

Still a little puzzled on how to make a piñata? Check out this vid!                                                                                      

 

Have Your Say!

Would you like to make a piñata? If so, what would it look like? Let us know in the comments section below!

Related Stories
33 Comments

latest videos

F1060201091000

What's Your Fave Craft Project?

  • Bead Crocheting.
  • Creating my own buttons.
  • Candle making.
  • I don't like crafts.

related stories

Micro_historyofthepinata-micro
Piñatas are a fun part of traditional Mexican festivities, whether it’s a birthday party or Cinco...
Micro_mayan culture-micro
The ancient Mayans are renowned among historians and archaeologists as being an incredibly advanc...
Micro_may-micro
May is one of the most gorgeous months of the year. All winter long we’ve been hibernating from t...
Micro_hispanic-micro
Hispanic culture is about a heck of a lot more than tacos. Check out the 411 on this vibrant comm...
Micro_cincodemayo-micro
Cinco de Mayo is a big holiday in Mexico. The Mexican army was outnumbered by the French army but...

Random in the forums

simran88
simran88 posted in Debating:
"-Karpov-" wrote: "simran88" wrote: They should keep grimm's fairytales for which grades, according to you? Any Even higher grades, you mean?
reply 17 minutes
CloudNineGirl
Fiendly.
reply 43 minutes
SweetySunflower
hi guys so im organizing a competition fr those who r interested in writing poems.those who write gud poetry plzz take part if u care abt my feelings. this poetry competition is organized for u to express ur luv for ur dad. the rules r that u hv to write an original poetry on given topic n make sure tht u dun copy n paste them frm smwhere otherwise ur poetry will nt be announced as winner even if it's gud. the topic for the competition is "my father-my hero." the poem shud be at least 10 lines long and it shud be meaningful. the rewards: 1st prize - three e-cards and 3 gifts 2nd prize - two e-cards and 3 gifts 3rd prize - two e-cards and 2 gifts consolation prize - one e-card and 1 gift three consolation prizes will be there. a gift will be given to everyone who participated. the result will be announced on 21st june 2015, which is the father's day. and plzzzz guys take part if u luv ur dad!!
reply about 1 hour
CloudNineGirl
:)
reply about 1 hour
CloudNineGirl
1 :3
reply about 1 hour

play online games