Home made piñata!
We all want our little ones birthdays to be special and almost every child I know has a party to celebrate every year!
Party’s can become quite expensive and we are not all wealthy. Although sine children think that we are and become expectant of birthday parties.
I am trying to raise my little one not to be expectant. I say trying as he is only 20 months old. I will however not allow a party every year just because he wants one.
I know some readers may say I’m ‘mean’ or ‘that’s nasty’ but seriously, do children need a party every year? What is wrong with having a nice picnic with your family or having 2 friends come over for a play and cupcakes? Why does it need to be extravagant and excessive?
This could be a whole other blog about parents and children who try to ‘out do’ each other with hosting parties. So back to my piñata !
Easy to make and don’t cost a lot, plus lots of fun! Get your little ones involved!
You will need –
2 x old news papers torn into pieces approx 1 inch squared or similar ( the shape doesn’t matter)
A selection of coloured child friendly or non toxic paint.
As many balloons as you wish to make piñata
1 x tub of child friendly / non toxic paper glue. (Something like clag or water based – easier for the piñata to break when being hit)
A leg nth of string to tie the balloon whilst drying.
Firstly blow up the balloons and tie a knot in each end.
Tie some string at least 40cm in length around the knot. This works as a handle as such.
Then paint the entire balloon with the glue making sure not to leave any in painted.
With the newspaper stick each pice over the balloon to cover the entire thing with the newspaper or until you can no longer see and balloon. Making sure that you leave the tied end uncovered. This is where you will fill the piñata with lollies! Or toys, or whatever you fancy!
Repeat the glue and paper process 3 times. Allow the paste to dry over night in a cool well vented space. Perhaps tie the balloons up so that they also cannot be touched.
Once all dry you can carefully pop the balloon with a pin and fill with your desired filling.
Once filled, stand the piñata upside down so that the opening is at the top and carefully cover with a piece of newspaper and glue down again but be careful not to get the glue inside with your goodies.
Using another piece of string to your desired length paste carefully so that this will be what you use to tie up your piñata. You can also use decorative ribbon if you wish.
** My tip if your using lollies, use lollies in wrappers. This also helps if glue get on the but also nice when the piñata breaks and lollies fall to the ground.
Once completely dry you can paint the balloon as you wish. Perhaps making a face or patterned in any design you like. Again allow to dry for a few hours or over night.
Your piñata is ready! Have fun!