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Four ways with balloon pinatas

Cute cupcake pinatas, as well as Alan the alien, Barbara the babushka and Pete the penguin.

4 ways with pinatas

Getting started:

  1. Blow up balloon.
  2. Tear sheets of newspaper into little pieces (approx the size of a credit card) and glue (use either wallpaper glue or watered down PVA) on to the balloon.
  3. The more layers you do, the harder the pinata will be to break. You need at least four layers - a couple more is better for older kids. Let the paper dry between every two layers.
  4. We alternated between white and yellow pages so we knew how many layers we'd done.
  5. Use plain white paper for your final layer.
  6. Use a craft knife to cut a square opening out of the bottom of the pinata. Only cut three sides, leaving one as a hinge. Make a hole the size of a pencil on the top of the pinata. This is how you will hang it.

Cutey cupcake
While doing the papier mache layers, add a large ball of paper to the wide end of the balloon for the cherry

Alan the Alien

Barbara the babushka

Pete the penguin

To hang:

  1. Make a loop by knotting the end of a 20cm length of strong cord.
  2. Place a very large washer over the knot.
  3. Thread a piece of wire down through a pencil-sized hole at the top of the pinata, through to the opening at the bottom. Bend the end of the wire into a hook. Put the knotted cord on the hook and pull it up and out of the top hole.
  4. Secure the loop with a piece of clear pipe to stop it falling back into the pinata.
  5. String it up, ready for action.

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