If you've ever planed a "themed" party, then you know the frustration involved in finding all the right party supplies. Especially when it comes to that ALL IMPORTANT party piñata. Very few stores carry piñatas & if they do they are usually the typical, donkey, star, princess castle etc. Best case scenario, you find what you are looking for, but it is completely demolished by the 3rd kiddo out of a line of 15 that wanted to participate. Put all those party nightmares to rest! Follow these instructions and you can have the PEFECT piñata for any occasion for under $10.00, with no measuring or mixing of messy pastes.
Step 1: Old School Rules!
Paper mache has been around for centuries & there are a number of ways to do it. I learned this fun crafting skill from my Mother years ago. She would often make a custom piñata for my Birthday, and it always made the day just a little more special for me. I mean, who else gets to have a giant piñata of their own face to smash!!! Although my Mother's old school rules of using a flour paste, and a simple one balloon shape, are effective; I've honed my paper mache skills over the years and discovered which supplies & techniques work best for me.
Step 2: Simple Supplies
To make your piñata you will need a few simple supplies:
Newspapers, paper bags, or packaging paper = free/ recycled
1 Jug of liquid starch (sta-flo) = $3.00
Variety pack of balloons = $1.00
Role of masking tape = $1.00
Paper streamers = $1.00 (per color you need)
1 bottle Elmer's glue = $1.00
1 jar lid = free/ recycled
10" piece of rope or twine = free/ recycled
NOTE: you will also need, a towel to work on, a bowl to pour starch in, & scissors or a knife for cutting.