Create the Perfect Piñata
Impress your friends by making your very own piñata!
Piñatas are a Mexican tradition. Originally in the shape of a six-pointed star, today they are designed in all types of shapes, including animals, plants and flowers. The piñata is hung from a tree and people take turns swinging at it (carefully mind!) with sticks (but make sure you have plenty of room first). Eventually, the piñata breaks open – releasing the sweets and goodies it contains!
What You Will Need
2 cups flour
Paint, crayons or marker pens
3 cups water
Coloured crepe paper
Lay out some old newspaper or towels before you start so you can protect the surface you are working on.
Blow up a large balloon and tie the end in a knot.
Mix the flour and water thoroughly, until it makes a smooth paste.
Cut newspaper into long, inch-wide strips and dip these into the flour/water mixture.
Carefully place the strips onto the balloon, working round until it’s covered, but leaving a hole at the knotted end.
Set the covered balloon aside and leave it to dry.
Place another layer of newspaper dipped in the mixture over the balloon, then allow this to dry.
Repeat with one final layer – making sure you still leave the hole.
When it’s completely dry, pop the balloon you’ll be able to remove it.
You now have a hollow papier-mâché piñata! Paint it to your own different designs and colours.
Hang colored crepe paper from the sides and bottom, for added colour.
Punch two small holes in the top, near the opening, and thread a large piece of string through the holes, so it can be hung from a tree.
Fill your piñata (through the hole you left, now at the top) with goodies – sweets, fruit, toys or any other imaginative surprises.
Hang your piñata securely with the string and you’re ready to get started!