So it’s been a few days and your pinata is all sorts of ready for some beautifying, right? If you’re just tuning in and missed how to make a pinata, check out part one by clicking here.
There are lots and lots of methods you can use for finishing a pinata, but this is my favorite for a few reasons. It’s fluffy and pretty and the dense but soft and it sort of cushions the hits so that it takes longer to break (and more kids get turns). Plus it covers a variety of blemishes in the paper mâché. Let’s see what you’re going to need to finish this baby up:
- crepe paper on the roll
- Mod Podge
Take your crepe paper and cut off a strip about 2 feet long. Fold it back and forth accordion style until it is a more manageable length. Take a pair of scissors and snip all the way through on one side to make fringe. Take care not to accidentally cut the strip in half. This doesn’t need to be perfect and you can actually knock all of this part out while watching TV way before you start decorating to save a bunch of time.
I decided that I wanted an egg similar to a Robin’s Egg candy. So I drew out circles all over my eg with a magic marker. Draw out a pattern, or go freestyle and wing it!
This is the easiest method I have found for doing this part. Using your brush smear your glue directly onto the pinata.
Dip your brush back into the glue and smear all over the bottom of the crepe paper
I tend to be a master of overkill and really jam my crepe paper together so that it is super dense. That isn’t really necessary and yours may look a bit different than mine depending on how closely together you put your coverage. My way also tends to take quite a bit of time. Over three nights (and between 1-2 hours each night) I got this guy covered up enough to move onto the next step. Again, if you cover more lightly it won’t take this long.
When you get to this point, it starts to get fun! Cram as much good stuff inside as you can, taking care to lift every once in a while to make sure that there isn’t an issue with too much weight. If it feels like the paper mache is straining, you might need to use some lighter goodies.
Here are goodies I like to cram a pinata full of: pencils, boxes of crayons, craft kits featuring things like pom poms or paintable sun catchers, toothbrushes, little toys like yoyos, card games, and of course CANDY!
In the previous post you may have been concerned that I forgot about a hanger, but the truth is that I chock my sucker so full that I want a really, really strong way for this guy to go up. So take a metal hanger and cut right where the metal turns to form the straight line at the bottom. Take those two arms and shove them into your pinata along the inside edges of the paper mâché. Do this after filling so that you can sort of push stuff around to help hold the hanger in.
Shove the hole of the pinata with a bit of scrap paper to protect the goodies inside. Heat up your hot glue gun and glue the heck out of the metal hanger on the paper mache and then through the paper you’ve added in. I really, really go nuts to make the hanger sturdy, in fact I used 1.5 long glue sticks.
Finish decorating the top area with your crepe paper to hide the hole and hanger. Trim up any crazy long bits to make the fluff even.
And here she is all finished up and ready to get beaten.
The youngest wasn’t comfortable with the stick so he wanted to “destroy it with is bare hands”.
And since I made this bad boy to withstand an onslaught of kiddos giving it the beat down, the boys are a bad aim, and my dad is a jerk w
ho wouldn’t let us hit it (yeah I got in on the action while he apparently hung out by the house and I swung my arms off) it lasted forever. The boys eventually lost the blindfold and gave it a go until the bottom fell out and they got their goodies out.
I was kind of stressing out about my camera breaking, my backup camera not working and using Momma’s camera that I’m not comfortable with in poor lighting. To help, my nephews helped select the photos for this post and assure me that they look great. They also assured me that I had to include this last pic as it makes Holden look like “an egg head”.
I’m still having a blast on Spring Break – hope your week has been fantastic too!
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