Thank God for snow days! I’m not sure we would have gotten this project done had it not been for the two snow days and extra in-service day off! But here it is, in its full glory — Planet Uranus.
Until I get more proficient at embedding pictures in the blog, for now let it suffice that the process in photos is under “Recent Assets.”
Your biggest asset in pinata-making should be Pinata Boy’s site. Be sure to view his gallery for some awesome inspiration.
The basic steps:
- Inflate balloon. Cover with newspaper, going over the edges of the paper with masking tape.
- Shred newspaper into about 1-inch strips.
- Mix flour and water into a soupy paste.
- Dip strips. Pull off excess with index and middle finger.
- Cover balloon, overlapping strips a bit. Smooth with hands.
- LET DRY between coverings. (We used a fan to expedite the process.)
- Repeat 3-4 times.
- We attached a ring, taping the tabs to the ball with masking tape.
- Cut strips of crepe paper into a small stack.
- Using scissors, make a “fringe” about half-way up down the length of the strip.
- Glue to ball the intact side of crepe paper.
- OVERLAP the crepe paper. The closer the strips, the fuller the “fluff” that’s made by folding up the cut side of the crepe paper.
- Cut/saw a flap into the pinata and make a hole for the hanging mechanism.
- Devise a hanging device. (We used a wire hanger.)
- Fill with candy/treats.
- The tricky part — closing the flap. I used duct tape that sort of closed it back. Once kids started beating on it, though, I heard it came open but not enough to pour out the candy. TIP: don’t put the flap on the bottom!
- Gather your rope, bandana and stick, find a tree and go to town! (We heard the kids loved it and many want to do a shark pinata for their next project. I’m sure that’s way more complicated. Back to Pinata Boy’s site for advice!)