What do you do when your kid wants a shark-themed birthday party and the party store does not carry shark pinatas? You do what my parents did for me back in the Stone Age between the invention of the wheel and sliced bread. You make one of course!
Making a piñata is super easy. Don’t get too caught up in making it perfect. Keep in mind that this thing will be never be hanging in the Guggenheim. It will, however, will be bashed to bits by a bunch of children and then quickly kicked into the corner as the mad rush to gather the candy innards begins.
See slide show below for step by step pictures.
Here is what you will need:
- A balloon
- Newspaper torn into long strips
- Liquid starch
- White glue
- Grey, white and red tissue paper
- Foam core or poster board
- White card-stock or poster board
- Strong string or twine
- Scissors and or and utility knife for cutting foam core
Step One: Blow the balloon up to the size you would like the piñata to be.
Step Two: Pour the starch into a large bowl, then dip a strip of newspaper into the bowl saturating the strip. Take two fingers and run them down the strip to remove excess starch. Place the strip around balloon. Keep doing this criss-crossing the strips until the balloon is completely covered about one and a half times. For older children you can cover the balloon with two layers.
Step Three: Let it dry for about two days. If it feels super weak in an area add more strips of newspaper.
Step Four: Cut a circle, with a sharp knife, where you would like the top of the piñata to be. It only needs to be as big as the pieces of candy.
Step Five: If you’re making a shark, draw lines on the piñata for the mouth as well as the top and bottom. If making another style, draw your design out first before covering in tissue.
Step Six: Cut the red tissue paper into strips. Spread white glue over a 3″ x 3″ section and then scrunch tissue over the glue covering the newspaper the best you can. Continue doing this until the mouth section is covered then start on the silver parts and then white parts of the shark leaving an open space where you’re going to place the three fins and tail.
Step Seven: From foam core or grey poster board, cut out three fins and tail. If using white foam core, coat each side with glue and lay tissue over the top. It looks fun when it is a bit crunchy and layered. Finish on all sides and let dry. With white glue or hot glue attach the fins and tail to the pinata.
Step Eight: Cut out eye shapes from card-stock and draw eyes on with a marker. Glue them onto the piñata.
Step Nine: Cut out about 22 triangle shaped teeth about 1 1/2″x 1 1/2″ and glue them around the shark mouth boarder overlapping each tooth a bit.
Step Ten: Glue tissue any place where the newspaper shows through.
Step Eleven: Lace strong twine or string using a metal skewer through the top of the pinata making sure that when the piñata swings that the string will hold in place and not tear. Fill the piñata full of candy and you are ready to beat the thing with a bat and destroy it.
Questions? Just Ask Holly!