Step 2: The Glue

First of all we need to make some "glue" that will use for making our pinata

To make one kg of glue you need 3/4 cup of starch, 1/2 cup of sugar and about 800 mL of water

What you are going to do is to boil half of the water (be careful with your little assistant if you have, do not let he/she unattended or near the hot water we don't want to turn a nice activity in a tragedy)

Dissolve the corn starch and the sugar in the remaining cold water (is very easy to dissolve it in cold water and your assistant can help here, and please do not try to do it in hot water because the starch become very viscous in contact with hot water and will be impossible to dissolve it)

Add your starch/sugar solution to the hot water, keep warming and stir gentle with a spoon.

After a few minutes of stirring you will notice that the solution turns viscous. When it has a consistency like the one in the photo is ready.

Let it cool. If you done it well, it should look like the photo when is cool (cooling process will take some hours, so be patience and do not try to use it hot, it simply doesn't work)

I recomend you not make too many because it spoils quickly (starch, water and sugar not are only a good glue, also they are a good media for mold and other microorganisms to grow), if you need more, then make more.

As the project could take two or three days to be ready you can keep your glue in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life. If you want, you can add sodium benzoate as preservative (1g/kg) and keep it at room temperature

This is important: If you keep your glue on refrigeration and, when you try to use it, you find it looking like a gelatin with a lot of water sorrounding it, don`t worry, just let it harm at room temperature, then break the gel and mix it again (squezze it with your hands its the best way to do it). In despite of the change of texture it still works and you can use it.

Last but not the least: This glue is also enviroment friendly: is natural, non toxic and, is totally biodegradable.
Simple question about the glue; When it drys, does it become transparent or stay whitish?
<p>it is halfway white and transparent some times it go transparent sometimes it stays white.</p>
Please don't use the flour idea...it caused a lot of tears when several kids got it in their eyes. And keep an extra bowl of candy for the little ones who weren't fast enough. As for using clay pots...that is an old tradition that no one uses anymore...too many sharp shards.
I make the &quot;star&quot; almost every year, but I use a mix of plain flour and water until it looks like library paste. So, far I've have had no problems with it but then I have never used it overnite. Also, I use recycled shirt buttons to tie a wire/string/twine to the pinata in order to hang it from the backyard swingset. The buttons add a little extra strength so the wire won't rip through the paper. Also, for safety sakes, we use a whiffle bat...the kids can get wild. Thank you for your instructable, it brought back so many lovely memories!
REAL piñatas are made from a clay round pots with handles to put the rope around the handles. Is fun to see the pieces of clay falling on the heads of the kids and the pot breaks really nice so there's no need to shake the piñata to get the candies out. OOH, don't forget to put white flour so when the piñata breaks the kids will get a surprice;) PS. A fast way to make a piñata is to get a box and make a Sponge Bob Piñata. Do not reinforce the bottom so the candies can fall without too much effort from the kids.
cool im trying the flour thing sounds good cut wouldnt the clay hurt when they fall on the kids heads
That's would be even more funny;) But I don't think the clay pieces are going to be big or heavy enough to cause any injury.
Hmm. Why is there sugar in your paste? I've made pinatas and other paper mache things using paste made from just flour (or starch) and water, and I'm wondering what I'm missing.
Well this is my mom recipe, and I always do it like that, so I do not know if is difference from the one made with only flour. I think sugar makes it more sticky and consistent
Westfw: In chemical terms, I would suppose it would be that the starch molecule is a polymer of the common sacarose (sugar) molecule. When you cook the starch it becomes denaturalized and unravels and the sugar might allow it to fill holes in the latticework formed between molecules. Besides, we all know that high-sugar solutions (like Coca-Cola) become quite sticky as they dry, and honeys are barely more than sugar and water. Syribia: Yo también soy mexicano.
Wonder if you could use a stuffed animal wrapped with saran wrap or a trash bag, instead of a balloon?You know, giver it a teddy bear shape or something?
The balloon is used because it has its own shape, inner pressure and because it's easy to remove once your base is dry. Now, for more complex shapes you start making limb-shaped tubes (the technique is the same), then you attach them to your base. Believe me, this basic technique can grow a lot: I once saw a life-sized pit bull piñata.
made these all the time
haha kiteman sorry but a piñata was used in Mexico before and in your birthday party later xD haha so is kinda fair to be written by someone form there :P hehe i made one with balloons and some cardboard with Sulley's body i won a lil contest with it xD
¡Muy bien hecho, quiero la manera es todo velloso yo generalmente los hago fuera de enrolló papel pero suyo es mejor!
Oh, why do people keep doing this to me? I've got the text to my own pinata instructable sitting in my unpublished folder... all I was waiting for was time to actually <em>do</em> it and take photos...<br/><br/>Syribia, would you like to see the text to see if I got it right?<br/>
I have been out of my house for the past 2 months, plenty of time to get instructables and random projects done. I know what you mean, i have about 300 pictures of projects that i have done, and write-ups that need pictures. but knowing me i will either forget about them until others post them, or 'wait' until i get the other part done.
Yes, of course
Woot! I'm gonna have a blast making this tomorrow! -JL
Cool, here check out the pinata I made for my sons pirate party:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v155/MDWillington1976/richardsmommy/?action=view&amp;current=HPIM1082.flv">http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v155/MDWillington1976/richardsmommy/?action=view&amp;current=HPIM1082.flv</a><br/>
es bueno saber que todavia hay mexicanos logeados en instructables , excelente trabajo y bien explicado
Gracias :) que gusto me dio ver el primer comentario en español y de un compatriota.
cuando yo hago mis piñatas, normalmente les decoro con el papel espesando con la base de la piñata, a, y luego subiendo, mientras que aplique el papel. es mas fácil de esa manera.
Very well done iBle, great pix and nice clear instructions. I'm sure you have made a lot of kids very happy doing this. Thanks for sharing.

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