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Video:How to Make a Pinata

with Gretchen Siegchrist

No child's party is complete without a candy-filled pinata to crack open. Find out how to make one at home - your little one can help you with it.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Pinata

Hi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Parenting, and I am going to show you how to make a pinata.

This is a fun craft to make at home, and it will be a hit – literally – at parties. It is easy to make a pinata, but it does take a while, so you should start a few days to a week ahead of time.

Supplies Needed to Make a Pinata

For this project, you will need:
  • 1 large balloon
  • newspaper shredded into strips 1-2 inches long
  • 2 parts water and 1 part flour for the papier mâché glue
  • crepe paper
  • glue
  • string
  • candy

Dip Newspaper Strips Into the Glue

Place your balloon in a bowl so that it stands up while you are papier mâching it. In another bowl, mix together the flour and the water.

Dip the newspaper strips one at a time into this mixture.

Cover the Balloon in Newspaper Strips

Use your fingers or the side of the bowl to get most of the excess flour mixture off of the newspaper. Then, apply the strips to the balloon.

Cover the balloon with one layer of newspaper, leaving a hole on the end uncovered. Let the balloon dry for a few hours or overnight, and then add another layer of papier-mâché.

Repeat this process until you have covered the balloon with at least three to four layers of paper. The more layers you add, the sturdier your pinata will be.

Remove the Balloon From the Pinata Mold

When all of the papier mâché is dry, pop the balloon and remove it. Poke two holes into the top of the pinata on either side of the top hole.

Decorate the Pinata

Run a piece of string through these holes, and then tie the ends together to form a loop that can be used to hang the pinata.

Decorate the pinata by gluing strips of crepe paper around the structure. Do this in overlapping layers for a more textured look.

Add the Candy to the Pinata

Take your leftover crepe paper and crumple it up into small pieces. We will add these to the center of the pinata with the candy.

The crepe paper will prevent all of the candies from just sitting at the bottom of the pinata, and it will make it more exciting when the pinata bursts open.

Stuff the excess crepe paper into the hole at the top, and your pinata is finished. Now you can take it to a party, and let your kids have fun destroying all of your hard work.

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