When I think of the holidays, I think about meeting with friends and family celebrations. When I’m making homemade gifts I can’t forget about all the zillions of kids that will be at these celebrations. So I’ll make a santa pinata! Yep kids love Santa… that’s a given.
- flour and water
- crepe paper
- news paper
- glue, tape
- wire hanger
- piece of cardboard (santa hat)
- strong string or cord
- stuffing (confetti, candy, coins, ect.)
Start off by ripping the news paper into strips about 2 inches wide 4-6 inches long. You will want to have this all ready to go before you make the paper mache mixture. In a large mixing bowl or baking pan, mix approximately 1 cup of flour and add water to desired consistency. Not too thick. Add a teaspoon of salt. Mix it well so there aren’t any lumps. This will be messy so lay out lots of newspaper.
Inflate your balloons to the desired sizes and go to town! I found if you dip the paper strips and scrape them across the rim of the pan, they will be easier to smooth. Get a single layer of paper strips on the balloon and use your hands to smooth all the edges down. At this point, you can just smear paste on and add paper where its needed to get two layers evenly around the balloon. Hang the pinata by the balloon with a wire coat hanger. It should be dry in about 24 hours.
After your pinata’s are dry, inspect them for cracks you can repair cracks with tape or more paper mache mix. If all is well and no cracks, you can remove the balloon. Ok hold the nipple of the balloon and poke it to let the air seep out. Gently pull the balloon out as it deflates.
There are many ways to decorate your pinata’s. I’ve seen them decorated with colored consruction paper, crepe paper, hand painted, even spray painted. For mine, i used crepe paper streamers cut into 3×2 inch squares and crumpled lightly into little balls. This took forever and was extemely boring, so I made my son do this part.
We started with the rim of santa’s hat to get an idea where his face and mustache should be. Just have all your colors ready so you can do whole sections of glue and stick the paper on quickly. Mash the sections down as needed with your hands. Decorate the entire pinata leaving a small area around the hole clear. It will be taped shut after it’s filled with goodies.
After your santa has had time to dry, its finally time to fill it and finish the hat. I have a paper shredder at home so paper confetti was super easy to make. We just used glossy inserts out of magazines that have Christmas colors. Cut confetti and some candy or small toys are good fillers. (Fun adult gifts could be lottery tickets)
To hang the pinata from a cord (for the purpose of destroying with a club) we decided to use a series of tape, hot glue, and some wire. First we reinforced the edges around hole with tape. Next we bent wire that could fit inside the edges of the hole. Tape everything shut and hot glue a cardboard cone to the top. We used alot of tape and hot glue on everything to make the top really strong. Finish off the hat with red and white crepe paper and thats about it.