“I like parties, but I don’t like piñatas because the piñata promotes violence against flamboyant animals. Hey, there’s a donkey with some pizzazz, let’s kick its’ ass.”
One of the questions I get asked a lot on here is “do you make piñatas to sell?”
Well, no..I don’t. Piñatas are REALLY easy to make (even though, admittedly the process is a little messy). If it’s for your child’s birthday party, you can get him/her involved. They will think it’s fun and will be proud that they contributed to making it. Also, a piñata’s sole purpose is to break, so I’m not sure selling and more importantly shipping piñatas is such a great idea (especially since most of my readers are half way across the world)
Hopefully this tutorial will help you to make your very own, beautiful, one of a kind piñatas.
You might have seen the pictures from our Despicable Me party.
Here is how we made the Minion piñata:
You have to plan a little in advance to allow for drying time.
What you will need:
- paper mâché paste (there are a ton of options out there, mixing flour with water, or mixing white glue with water, etc. I actually buy a powder that you mix with water. For the Swiss people reading this post, I get “colle de poisson” or “colle d’amidon” from Do-It Migros or Jumbo)
- glue stick, adhesive tape, a craft knife
- cardstock (blue, yellow and black)
- medium weight paper (any colour)
- a print-out of the minion goggles – found HERE and resized to fit your minion
Start by blowing up two balloons, connect them by taping a tube of paper between the two balloons.
Prepare your glue mix and tear up some strips of newspaper.
Dip the strips in glue (they don’t have to be completely covered in glue, you can spread the glue out after). This does not need to be very precise – in fact your 3 or 4 year old can do this no problem. They’ll have fun getting their fingers dirty in the glue.
Cover the balloons – try do to it evenly and not miss spots, but no more than 4 layers of newspaper in any given spot. 2 or 3 layers is probably enough.
Let it dry. I usually leave it overnight in a well-aired room.
Then cut out a little “window” with a craft knife to put the treats in the piñata once it’s finished.
Start covering the piñata with crêpe paper. I actually put a coat of white paint on this one first, because I didn’t want the newspaper to show through the yellow crêpe paper. You can also use thin white paper instead of the newspaper when you cover the balloon to avoid this extra step.
I did not want the frayed edge on the crêpe paper for this one, so I glued it tightly to the balloon. This is what it looked like when we were finished. It was far from even as you can see, but it works.
We printed out an eye – found HERE (I resized it in Photoshop)
The eye will be glued on at the end to cover the hole.
Cut out and draw overalls for the minion out of the blue card stock.
Make the back of the overalls in the same way.
I drew a mouth, which you can download HERE.
Don’t forget to put a string through the top of the head (get a little hand to help you if the hole is too small for your hands)
Knot a bead to the end of the strings so that the string doesn’t come out.
Add arms and legs (black, yellow card stock)
Fill the piñata with sweets and other little goodies.
Close the flap, secure with a piece of tape, and stick on the eye/goggles.
Hang it up and hit it!