Introduction: How to Make a Placenata

Whether tossed out with the trash, buried in the backyard, or mixed into your favorite soup recipe, the placenta is an organ worth celebrating over. The following tutorial outlines how to combine the ultimate party favor, the piñata, with the ultimate afterbirth.

Step 1: Step 1

Begin with an oblong, spherical piñata. Paint it with several layers of goopy red and brown paint. We used Crayola brand finger paints because they are non-toxic without sacrificing any gross-looking qualities. To achieve a thicker consistency we suggest adding RIT dye. RIT not only adds to the girth but also floods one with memories of tye-dying in Mrs. Chistopherson’s art class.

Step 2: Step 2

Make sure to leave areas of thick dark red or brown paint to simulate placental veins.

Step 3: Next Step

Note: Using a slightly green undercoat really accentuates the reds.

Step 4: Step 4

The umbilical cord is fashioned out of torn red rags woven into a lumpy rope. These can be found in the automotive section at your local grocery store.

Step 5: Another Step

Generously apply red paint. Everything must be covered in blood.

Step 6: And Yet Another Step

Attach the cord to the placenta. It will serve as the rope from which you dangle the piñata.

Step 7: And Another Step...

Fill with appropriate candy. We used Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish. San Fransisco Fred asked if the fish were to emulate semen. No Fred, though a valid question, we just happen to love Swedish Fish. The Sour Patch Kids, on the other hand, were meant to represent preemies.

Step 8: Step 8

Toy babies are an elegant touch that adds authenticity.

Step 9: Step 9

Your placeñata is ready to be smashed. But don’t skimp on ancillary party details.

Step 10: Party Musts

Like the Mariachi band.

Step 11: Party Musts Cont.

And dancing gringos.

Step 12: Back to Instructions

Once the party is well underway break out the blindfold and hitting stick. Sam only had a fishing rod, which worked wonderfully.

Step 13: Almost There

ha ha ha... look at everyone having soooo much fun

Step 14: Success


Step 15: Final

Alas, another party/pregnancy has ended in a pile of beer cans and wrinkled, bloody dreams.


MaxineLaRue made it!(author)2010-03-29

Veerry interesting, but I must say it looks more like a dissected brain balloon. I've seen & studied a couple of my own placenta growths spread flat out or in a bowl and they were much more silvery blue and smooth - not too much blood. Fun idea but not at all realistic.  Haha.  ~:oP

LiamsMama made it!(author)2010-02-05

WELL....obviously....they are not afraid of it.lmao, i think they're funny

twocvbloke made it!(author)2009-05-07

You should put condoms in there too, to aid in preventing creation of a new placenta... :P

SarahMichelle made it!(author)2009-01-17

Ummm, Why??? The point?

puadxe made it!(author)2008-12-21

This'll be great for my next abortion party, thank you.

katieberryman made it!(author)2008-09-15

that. is. epic. you are amazing.

Awesome+Possum made it!(author)2008-05-09

Sick, but cool at the same time.

HammyHavoc made it!(author)2008-04-05

That's really quite gross.

Saint_Awesome made it!(author)2008-02-23

What's wrong with you? Are you afraid of the organ that gave you life?

spursley made it!(author)2008-02-13

Uhh, what's the point??????????????????????????????

controlledwrinkles made it!(author)2007-12-22

Cool, reminds me of a baby harp seal pinata I once made for a Politically Incorrect party at the Circus in Santa Cruz, it was filled with red vines and beef jerky and you had to hit it with a rifle butt.

imxtoph made it!(author)2007-12-20

man that is wrong on so many levels, heh,heh,heh i love it.

gamefreek76 made it!(author)2007-12-18

For epic lulz, you should make a giant wire coat hanger to extract the babies!

WingDings made it!(author)2007-12-18


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jessicarabbit made it!(author)2007-12-14

This is the funniest thing I've ever seen on this site. Very appropriate for a Halloween party or a Baby shower =).

hondagofast made it!(author)2007-12-14

No comment. Oh wait, this is a comment. Well, this is sick, in the good way and the bad way.

Gonazar made it!(author)2007-12-13

Bwahahaha! Thats sick, but halarious. Funny part is that i didn't really get the name and thought it was a testicle at first, now theres a project!

Good job on the instructable'

TossManual made it!(author)2007-12-13

This is insulting to women with mustaches and people who wear black everywhere. Not to mention the alien insectoid mother you dismembered and then abused for your amusement. You're sick, childless puppies.

SharonH made it!(author)2007-12-13

This way out-does my turkey neck-bones Christmas tree ornaments!

kellyhogaboom made it!(author)2007-12-13

This is funny! I agree with other comments, it's more like a (creepy and diseased) uterus. But with the wordplay ya gotta call it "placenata". I'll be whipping up one of these the next baby shower I host. Placentas are rad.

neubaten made it!(author)2007-12-13

we had a placents hanging out in our freezer for ages after my friend gave birth, it looked nothing like this.

fran_halsbourg made it!(author)2007-12-13

was it filled with swedish fish?

bobulator made it!(author)2007-12-12

Well, placentas must be in quite short supply. Anything else we could use? BTW: Is that a human placenta?

IamTheCreator made it!(author)2007-12-11

This is cool, but that is just wrong :P But I love it!!!!!!!

I+Love+Nosferatu made it!(author)2007-12-11

i love it! great job

SoakedinVancouver made it!(author)2007-12-10

And make sure to put some large onions in there! Just don't stand under the pinata when it gets whacked... And maybe some of those little plastic booze bottles, from airlines... And chocolates with booze cores... Damn, now I have to make one...

nireves1 made it!(author)2007-12-10

you are great!

amadoraa123 made it!(author)2007-12-09

umm. ew?

IdahoDavid made it!(author)2007-12-09

What a festive addition to the holidays!

laughingboy made it!(author)2007-12-08

Inspired, guys! Who would ever have thought of such a thing? The next step must surely be the pinata liver - maybe even sponsored by those corporations who make a fortune every time the said organ takes a beating... Bring it on! Bring it on BIG!!!

Thesaria made it!(author)2007-12-09

Fantastic idea, a pinata liver - I'd hit that! (With a stick, you sick puppies.)

Chanmachine made it!(author)2007-12-08

aww gross...

leebryuk made it!(author)2007-12-07

I feel kinda sick now.

JerBear made it!(author)2007-12-07

Hmmm... Isn't cooking and eating placenta a form of cannibalism. Isn't cannibalism frowned upon in most societies?... Good pinata!

mappum made it!(author)2007-12-07

holy f***!!!!! u go to my school! hahah what a coinkydink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats so weird!!!!!

jongscx made it!(author)2007-12-07

Now, is it still cannibalism if it's your own flesh? And that's most "Civilized" societies...

JerBear made it!(author)2007-12-07

That would be self-cannibalism. But ya got a point there, it is kind of a gray area. I got "cannibalism is frowned upon in most societies" from the newer version of Charlie and the Chocolate factory.

cubemonkey made it!(author)2007-12-07

I'm totally throwing a party just so I can make one of these. Maybe put in a couple of waterballoons filled with raspberry jam, water, and creamcheese around a baby doll.

dbarak made it!(author)2007-12-07

Good timing. There was just an article on MSNBC, I believe, about eating placenta. It supposedly helps curb postpartum blues. Even if that's not the case, it's probably got lots of iron in it. What you made actually looks like a big uterus, but hey, still a good concept. ; )

f0084r made it!(author)2007-12-07

I would also add condoms to the inside :) After seeing a placenta, people mught want to use them

omnibot made it!(author)2007-12-07

Oooh .. nice and creepy. I like :) Also I believe it is supposed to be a traditional and nurturing experience for the parents of a newlyborn to devour the placenta. I always liked the old traditions the best and this atleast a modern variety Good job all round..

GorillazMiko made it!(author)2007-12-06

is that like a dead pig or something LOL

fredgilman made it!(author)2007-12-06

The placenta is the lining of the uterus that develops during pregnancy. It's responsible for transferring oxygen and nutrients to the developing fetus; basically keeping little fetus happy. Dead pigs generally make poor substitutes, but good guess ;-)!

Rocket_Robinhood made it!(author)2007-12-06

I once had to clean up a horse placenta when i was really hungover, not fun. Cool, albeit disgusting instructable

Jonny+Katana made it!(author)2007-12-06

Only one suggestion: Raspberry jello. I don't know where in the placental structure this jello would be placed for the greatest advantage, but I'm sure you'll figure it out. Ha very nice Instructable, I love the twisted humor.

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