Picture of Build an 8' Tall Pinata for Adults
I wanted to build a Pinata that could withstand some very "celebratory" people. This Pinata was made in my basement. Due to the drying times between layers, it took over 3 weeks to complete. This was a summer in SC., so you know it was hot hot hot! Imagine    how long it would take in more cold and humid climates?!

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Step 1: Design

Picture of Design
The first step of course is to decide what you want your Pinata to be. Here is the sketch of my Pinata this was for my wonderful wife's 30th birthday. This is a design that she drew on everything during her teenage years, she even has a tattoo of it.

Step 2: The Rough shape.

Picture of The Rough shape.
Cut  the shape of the pinata out of cardboard.
Cut a front side and a backside.  
Start by stuffing bunched up newspaper in the pinata to give it shape.
Then tape the edges with masking tape to hold it together and help maintain it's shape. (don't go all crazy with the tape use just enough to help keep its shape until the paper mache hardens.
(although I did think it would be a good joke to rap the whole thing in duct tape then use fiberglass resin instead of the paper mache mixture, but I found the cost prohibitive)

For the chain to hold the pinata up. Drill a hole just big enough for a chain to go through in a piece of wood the size of the top of your pinata. (My piece was 10" x 4" wide.) Then I inserted the chain. Where it came through on the opposite side I put a nut and bolt to keep it from pulling through. This was the top support, now to support the bottom I just ran duct tape down to another piece of wood at the bottom. Wrapped a few times until I thought it was strong enough to support the weight.
Nice. And I chuckled a little bit at your "Eww! Mache" comment. XD I'd be more like, "Yay! Mache!" myself. lol
eyewalk3 years ago
Excellent idea - I've made pinatas before but was a bit stumped on how to make it withstand such a beating!
Here's an idea to speed along papier mache: build up smaller components with a few layers at a time and nuke em in the microwave with some extra newspaper in there to soak up moisture.
it dries in the micro in about 1 minute, so then you can build more and keep going.
Only works for small bits, but then you could assemble later!
HandyLandy (author)  eyewalk3 years ago
Thanks! I'll try that!
Narlo113 years ago
You have more patience for this than I would. Knowing that I spent that long making something just to have it destroyed would kill me inside.
HandyLandy (author)  Narlo113 years ago
I also enjoy kicking over my Ice carvings too! It's a very zen experience!