After having searched around for days for the perfect party piñata both online and at every party store in Singapore, I finally decided to get a bit creative and make a DIY piñata for my son’s monster themed Birthday party.
Making a piñata is not hard, but since this was my first time, it was not easy, nor was it quick and simple. Making a piñata takes a lot of time and effort. But trust me it was worth it in the end! Here is a step-by-step on how to make your own piñata at home out of a large balloon and newspapers.
Things You Will Need:
- A Large Sized Balloon
- Newspaper Strips
- Paper-Mâché Glue
- Paint Brush
- Masking tape
- Cutting blade (optional)
Step 1: Make the Paper-Mâché Glue (click here for the recipe). Put the glue in the fridge to cool down.
Step 2: Blow up the balloon and tie the end. Note: The balloon I used was 170 cm/66 in when fully blown up. I purchased it from Toys R’ US.
Step 3: Using the paint brush apply a layer of paste on the balloon.
Step 4: Keep applying the glue on the newspaper strip by strip and attach it to the piñata.
Step 5: When the piñata is fully covered flip it over and do it again. Apply at least 4-6 layers.
Step 6: Let it dry overnight. If you are satisfied, then you can move on to Step 7. If you want your piñata to more sturdy, re-do steps 4-5. Note: I let my piñata dry for 2 nights and then did another 4-5 layers of paper mâché.
Step 7: Once the piñata is fully dry, pop the balloon. Cover the balloon hole with masking tape.
Step 8: On the top of the piñata, make to black circles where you want your ribbon to be. The ribbon will be used to hang the piñata.
Step 9: Cut holes in the piñata. Put a piece of masking tape on the edge of the ribbon and put it through the hole.
Step 10: Tape the outside of the hole and make sure the the string is held in place.
Step 11: Cut an opening on the side of the piñata big enough for your hand to fit through.
Step 12: Remove the balloon from the inside of the piñata.
Step 13: Tape the ribbon used to hold the piñata from the inside. Make sure to criss-cross the tape so that it will not come loose. Note: I used a lot of tape both on the inside and outside. I wanted to make sure the piñata would not fall off the string.
Step 14: Stuff the piñata with candy and other goodies.
Step 15: Tape up the hole.