As requested…I finally downloaded my pictures. I started with a balloon with two plates taped on. I wish I would have taken better pictures. I used four (4) paper plates and cut one side in order to tape them to the balloon. I used scotch tape. It really doesn’t matter what kind of tape you use as you should paper mache over every thing.
I cut strips of news paper using a paper cutter (way faster). Then applied a flour/water mixture. For those of you who need a recipe click here. I used flour and water and mixed it to a soup consistency. You kind of figure it out. Dip your news paper strips into the mixture and apply it to the balloon. I put on a layer, allowed it to dry for a couple of hours (you will be able to tell when it is dry) and then applied another layer. Be sure to store it in a dry open space. If it doesn’t dry, it can mold or effect the integrity of the pinata. You can apply the news paper over the plates to give the pinata a cohesive look.
Putting all the layers on took me about 10 days. I wanted a very strong pinata as the pinata was quiet large and I had a lot of children attending the party. Finally, I cut tissue paper into strips and fringed it (it didn’t take as long as it looks) and I glued the strips onto the pinata. Be sure to leave a hole (I left one inside one of the ears) to put candy and treats into the pinata. And also, pop the balloon!
This one was decorated as Mickey Mouse on one side and Minnie mouse on the other as we had a “Minnie/Mickey” party for our four year olds.
Next time I make a pinata, I will incorporate a rope or some type of hanging devise into the structure of the pinata….I didn’t this time. My husband worked it out but I think it would have lasted longer if I had incorporated the rope into the structure.